Historic Preservation Fund Announces Archaeology Category

(INDIANAPOLIS ) – The DHPA has decided to make a change to applicant eligibility for the Archaeology category only. In order to facilitate more potential archaeology projects through the HPF program, private, for-profit entities will be eligible to apply for and receive grant funds. However, federal regulations prohibit grant recipients from making a financial profit as a direct result of the grant-assisted project. Only direct costs associated with the project will be eligible for reimbursement. Note also that state and federal auditing and income tax regulations prevent the DHPA from making a grant award to an organization which is not incorporated, or which does not otherwise exist as a legal entity.

Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 evaluation criteria and priorities for the Archaeology category can be found here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/7589.htm. Please note that the priorities are only one component of a grant proposal. Application packets from last year’s grant cycle can be found here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3671.htm which may provide insight into the process. Application packets will be updated for FY2021 and posted online by Aug. 1, 2020. The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 2, 2020 (this is a received deadline, not a postmark deadline).

The maximum grant amount for Archaeology is $50,000. Archaeology grants are funded at a 70/30 ratio, with HPF providing 70% of the project cost (up to $50,000) and the applicant providing a minimum match of 30%.

If you have questions about applying to the HPF Archaeology category, please contact Steve Kennedy (skennedy@dnr.IN.gov / 317-232-6981) or Malia Vanaman (mvanaman@dnr.IN.gov / 317-232-1648).