Local governments that recognize the importance of historic preservation and its role in creating sustainable, economically-viable communities are encouraged to pursue Certified Local Government (CLG) status. The CLG Program strengthens preservation efforts at the local-level by providing technical and financial assistance, while encouraging successful preservation programs and practices. As part of the nationwide CLG Program, Delaware’s CLG Program is administered by the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office (DE SHPO) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS).
CLGs may apply for grants to pursue various historic preservation-related projects and programs. CLG grants are awarded on a 60/40 matching basis: the grant may constitute up to 60% of the project cost, while the applicant provides the remaining 40% through cash and/or donated services and materials. For additional information, review CLG Grant Application Guidance
CLG grants may be used toward non-brick and mortar (i.e. not construction-related) preservation activities, including but not limited to):
SHPO staff is available to provide ongoing technical assistance. SHPO staff may present training sessions, attend historic commission meetings to answer questions directly and provide commission members with informational materials.
To participate in the CLG Program, local governments must meet several minimum requirements which are fully detailed in CLG PROGRAM GUIDELINES (PDF DOWNLOAD). Broadly, these requirements include:
Can a Local Government Opt Out of the CLG Program?
Yes. The CLG Program is a voluntary commitment.
CLG Tool Kit
A downloadable resource guide with links addressing the following preservation issues: