Thousands of dollars in state grants are up for grabs for qualifying historic and Main Street projects.

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering up to $20,000 matching grants for buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The register lists 42 sites in Umatilla County, ranging from Weston School to portions of Pendleton’s and Echo’s downtowns.

Funds are available for preservation of existing building features or for reconstructing facades to match their historical appearance.

The preservation office is also offering up to $100,000 in matching funds for downtown revitalization projects in communities in the Oregon Main Street Network. Communities in the network include Pendleton, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Irrigon, Pilot Rock and Stanfield. Projects may include façade improvement, accessibility enhancement, utilities, second floor renovations and other improvements that will facilitate community revitalization.

The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants between $2,000 and $10,000 to museums for collections projects, heritage tourism and educational programs.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants, typically between $1,000 and $6,000, for preservation projects at historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels, brochures, security lighting, access improvements and records management.

More information for all of the grants listed above will be presented in webinars on Jan. 18-19 and a two-hour workshop in Salem on March 15. For applications, or for more information about the webinars and the grant requirements, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0675.

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