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Underrepresented California: A pilot preservation grant program to inspire inclusive designations

Posted Jan 12, 2013.eddd2b5a-3aec-4343-85fa-9de26d43e7f0.jpg
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Watts Coffee House at Watts Happening Cultural Center. Photo by Stephen Schafer
Underrepresented California
A grant program to inspire inclusive designations
Site nominations and student applications due February 27th, 2023

According to a 2020 Congressional Research Service study, less than 8% of roughly 86,000 sites included on the National Register were associated with African American, American Latino, Asian American, American Indian, and other Indigenous communities. The benefits to the community at large include a more holistic and integrated approach to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of sites that represent the history of people from all levels of the economic ladder and all cultural backgrounds. The immediate effect of the project serves the stewards and owners of the built resource as well as the employed student. 

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Watts Happening Cultural Center. Photo by Stephen Schafer


This preservation grant program is open to Los Angeles region community groups, non-profit organizations, students, and other individuals who want to pursue historic designation of their  sacred site, community building, park, or other publicly available structure such as a school or library. Structures and buildings can qualify if historically significant at the local, regional/state, or national level. The pilot 2023 grant program CPF position will be out-of-office but focused in the Los Angeles area (with plans to expand statewide).

Professional National Register of Historic Places nomination photography of the site in the Los Angeles area will be provided by HABSPHOTO.com

One student selected for the program will be employed by CPF  for a six-week period to research and complete a nomination for a historic designation on the local, state, or national level. 

Applications are now open and will close on February 27, 2023. The site and student will be selected by March 7th, 2023, and will begin work on the project between June and October of 2023.

Link to Underrepresented site nomination form
This program is generously supported by a gift from Stephen and Sherry Schafer, Liz's Antique Hardware


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