The Louisiana Main Street Program was one of nine projects nationwide to receive grant funding through the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP).

The National Park Service, which oversees the HRSP grants, awarded Louisiana Main Street $662,000 for the rehabilitation and revitalization of commercial buildings around the state. Grant awards in the amount of $55,000 each will be given to owners or tenants of historic buildings located within officially designated Louisiana Main Street districts. Grants are available for either interior or exterior building rehabilitation projects.

Downtown Abbeville
Downtown Abbeville

To be eligible for HRSP funds, a building must be located within a Louisiana Main Street district in a community with less than a population of 50,000. The building must also be either individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places or a contributing element in a National Register Historic District. In addition, buildings that are eligible for either of these National Register designations but not currently designated can qualify. All proposed rehabilitation work must comply with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

To be eligible, your property must meet all of the following Louisiana Main Street requirements.

It must be a commercial property. Properties that are apartment buildings must have commercial space on the first floor.

It must be located in a designated Louisiana Main Street District.

If properties are not listed on the National Register but may be eligible for listing, a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places must be complete and submitted.

All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

All properties receiving funding must enter into a preservation easement agreement with the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation for a minimum of 10 years.

It is anticipated that this will be a highly competitive grant application. Determination factors taken into consideration will include the visual impact, the level of restoration of the intended project, the impact of the project on the original building and the economic impact the completed project will bring to the commercial district.

The HRSP applications, details, and deadlines are available from Charlene Beckett, Main Street Manager, abbevillemainstreet@cox-internet.com or 337-652- 2239

This project is supported through a grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.

Originally published in the Abbeville Meridional, February 7, 2020