2021 July Preservation ePost
Included in This Issue:
Free eLearning from the OHP
Grant Opportunity from the NEA
National Impact Agenda for Historic Preservation
New FAQs for the Federal Historic Tax Credit
Designate California!
and more....

News & Updates
Free eLearning from the OHP
Feeling the need to brush up on your understanding of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards? We are pleased to offer a free eLearning course: "Interpreting and Adapting the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties." The three module study provides participants with an understanding of the differences between the Four Treatments covered in the Standards, and how to apply the Standards in each case and to specific projects.

We also encourage you to visit the OHP YouTube channel for additional trainings on all aspects of historic preservation, including among others, National and California Register training and the Climate Heritage Mobilization sessions from the Global Climate Action Summit.

Important Grant Opportunity from the NEA

Applications are being accepted for American Rescue Plan grants to be administered by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The funding will be available to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past.

Workshops, question and answer sessions, and other assistance will be available to first-time applicants. As stated by NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers, "“A primary goal for the National Endowment for the Arts is to incorporate principles of equity, access, and inclusion in its implementation of the ARP grant program."

Application deadline for local art agencies: July 22, 2021.

Application deadline for arts and cultural organizations: August 12, 2021.

NTHP Seeks Input to Develop National Impact Agenda

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is reaching out to individuals and organizations nationwide to help develop a National Impact Agenda for historic preservation. As stated on the NTHP website, "As our nation grapples with significant challenges—from racial injustice to climate change and the ongoing pandemic—the work of preservation has never been more important. The National Impact Agenda will articulate our shared values and describe actions we can take—individually and collectively—to deepen the impacts of the work of historic preservation.”

The NTHP is accepting survey responses now and plans to present the National Impact Agenda at the PastForward Conference in November 2021.
Updated FAQs for the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program

The IRS has issued updated FAQs for the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. The FAQs are intended to provide a basic understanding of the tax credit, and will address questions regarding eligibility and definitions, qualified expenditures, buying and selling credits, tax exempt and lessee issues, special circumstances, and more.

Visit the OHP Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives page for additional information about the tax credit program.

NPS Updates Flooding Guidance

With the impacts of climate change increasingly more evident on natural and built environments, the National Park Service (NPS) announced the timely release of their Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. As noted in the NPS announcement about the Guidelines, "The goal of the Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings is to provide information about how to adapt historic buildings to be more resilient to flooding risk in a manner that will preserve their historic character and will meet The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation."

Designating California!
Education & Events
HistoriCorps Opportunities Still Available for Summer 2021
There are still some California projects available this summer among the on-site volunteer projects for 2021, offered by the nonprofit HistoriCorps. Teams of volunteers are trained in hands-on skills as they help HistoriCorps repair, restore, and preserve historic resources on public lands. This year's projects follow pandemic safety protocols.
Webinar Offerings Continue Through Summer
Spend this summer exploring and learning about all aspects of historic preservation through the free, online offerings from the California Preservation Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) offers a diverse slate of previously recorded webinars via the CPF YouTube Channel. Subjects include Mid-Century Modern, CEQA, architect Paul R. Williams, Tiki, Mapping Tools, Neon Noir, and more.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is offering a new slate of virtual programs for July, some of which are free. Additional learning opportunities are available through their Forum Webinar Series, including among others, a two part series "Women Are Essential," exploring historic buildings and sites associated with the roles women held and continue to hold in American life.
NPI Offering On-Demand Training
The National Preservation Institute (NPI) continues its on-demand online learning program. Offerings include "Cultural Landscapes: An Overview," "Native America 101," "The Importance of Mapping Cultural Resources," and more.
NTHP Conference - Registration, Diversity Scholarships
Registration is now open for the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual PastForward Conference, taking place online, November 2-5, 2021. This year's theme is "Lead the Change," looking at the role and place of historic preservation in the changing realities of the 21st century.

The NTHP is once again offering Diversity Scholarships to support up and coming preservationists' attendance at the PastForward Conference. All Diversity Scholars and the first fifty mentors will receive complimentary conference registration.
Deadline to apply: August 31, 2021.
CPF Seeking Ideas for the 2022 Annual Conference
The California Preservation Foundation is seeking ideas for sessions and speakers for their next Annual Conference to be held in the Spring of 2022. With the pandemic situation continuing to change, the CPF plans to hold a portion of the 2022 conference in-person.
Deadline to submit ideas and proposals: August 31, 2021.

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