State Historic Preservation Office

Skip Navigation LinksHome : Historic Preservation Office

NYS Historic Preservation Office Message

New York's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their historic, archeological, and cultural resources. The SHPO administers programs authorized by both the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980. These programs, including the Statewide Historic Resources Survey, the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit, the Certified Local Government program, the state historic preservation grants program, state and federal environmental review, and a wide range of technical assistance, are provided through a network of teams assigned to territories across the state. The SHPO works with governments, the public, and educational and not-for-profit organizations to raise historic preservation awareness, to instill in New Yorkers a sense of pride in the state's unique history and to encourage heritage tourism and community revitalization.

Preservation Works!

Alling and Cory Warehouse Alling and Cory Warehouse
Buffalo, Erie County

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Assistance, Round 2

New York State is accepting grant applications through May 1, 2015 for historic preservation projects to address damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The program is funded by the National Park Service (NPS) and administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and state agencies. Eligible properties must be listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or a contributing resource within a listed or eligible historic district, and located in one of the following counties as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for individual and public assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.

New for 2015

  • $4.9 million is available.
  • All projects must be completed and all expenditures incurred and paid by 12/31/2018 when the funding expires.
  • The minimum grant award for Pre-development/Planning only projects is $5,000; for Development/Construction projects, the minimum grant award is $10,000.
  • Sectarian entities are eligible to apply for both planning and construction projects. (A National Register-eligible sectarian property owned by a religious organization must be listed on the National Register by 12/31/2018 if it receives Development/Construction funding.)
  • The NPS has issued Elevation Guidance (see link below). Elevation of a historic property is an eligible grant activity only when done in conjunction with a larger rehabilitation project and only if the project complies with the NPS Guidance.
  • Retroactive expenditures made from October 26, 2012 through July 23, 2013 may be eligible for reimbursement provided all administrative/technical approvals have been obtained and work meets NPS preservation standards as approved by State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).
  • Documentation of compliance with the New York State Grants Gateway and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) must be submitted with the application.

For further information and assistance, contact Merrill Hesch at (212) 866-2599, or Stacey Matson-Zuvic at (845) 786-2701, ext 220.

Round 2 Program Guidelines, Grant Application and Instructions, & related documents

  © 2015 New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. All rights reserved.