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):
National Register nominations and amendments
Architectural and archaeological surveys
Preservation-related public outreach projects such as informational brochures, websites, walking tours, etc.
Training for CLG staff and commission members
Expanding design guidelines to address issues such as modern infill, renewable energy systems, etc.
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:
Enforcing a preservation ordinance
Establishing a qualified historic preservation commission
Providing for adequate public participation as required by local, state and federal regulations
Participating in the review of local National Register nominations
Maintaining a publicly-available list & map of locally-designated historic properties
If the CLG chooses to undertake a historic property survey, it must follow SHPO survey guidelines.
Can a Local Government Opt Out of the CLG Program?