LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES HURRICANE RECOVERY GRANTS FOR HISTORIC PROPERTIES ARE AVAILABLE -- 010/23/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2006
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES HURRICANE RECOVERY GRANTS FOR HISTORIC PROPERTIES ARE AVAILABLE
Grants Funded by $12.5 Million Congressional Appropriation; Public Meetings Set throughout South Louisiana
(Baton Rouge, LA) -- Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu is pleased to announce the availability of hurricane recovery grants from $5,000 to $45,000 each for owners of historic Louisiana properties damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The U.S. Congress passed an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill containing $12.5 million to fund and administer these grants through the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office.
"To get relief dollars into the hands of the people that need it as quickly as possible, our staff will hold a series of five public meetings throughout South Louisiana to explain the grant program's eligibility requirements, conditions and application process," Lt. Governor Landrieu said.
The Historic Building Recovery Grant Program will help save endangered historic properties and restore the architectural character that is vital to rebuilding and repopulating hurricane devastated homes and communities. A historic property must be listed with the National Register of Historic Places or be eligible for listing. A historic property may also be located within a National Register Historic District.
"When the Lt. Governor lobbied congress for these dollars, we committed that these funds would help rebuild Louisiana neighborhoods and homes," said Angele Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "We also committed that the Office of Historic Preservation would administer these grants efficiently."
The dates and locations of the public meetings are as follows:
Application packets will be available at each meeting. They may also be obtained by contacting the Historic Building Recovery Grants Call Center at (225) 342-0227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by the Division of Historic Preservation by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on December 15, 2006. However, earlier submissions are encouraged so that staff members may identify possible problems and assist applicants in correcting them.
Additional information about the Historic Building Recovery Grant Program may be found by clicking the Historic Building Recovery Grant Guidelines link on the Division of Historic Preservation's web site: www.louisianahp.org.