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Grants, Tax Incentives, and Other Funding Opportunities

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Deadwood Fund Grant

Funded by a portion of the gambling revenue generated in Deadwood, South Dakota. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 given to projects that retain, restore, or rehabilitate historic buildings, structures, and archaeology sites in South Dakota for commercial, residential, or public purposes.

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2023 Deadwood Fund Grant Recipients

Federal Tax Incentive

20% tax credit on certified expenditures when an income-producing historic structure is rehabilitated for new use. Click here to link with the National Park Service (NPS) Tax Incentive Overview. On the top menu bar, click on Tax Incentive drop down box to learn what to do before you apply, the application process, to obtain the application form, and other related links.

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State Property Tax Moratorium

An 8-year moratorium on the property tax assessment of certified improvements. Available to properties listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places. 


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National Trust Preservation Fund

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. NTPF competitive matching grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. Application deadlines are usually February 1, June 1, and October 1. If the first of the month falls on a weekend, applications will be due on the following Monday. There are some special funds which have different deadlines and different eligible projects. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have made temporary modifications to their grant guidelines to provide increased flexibility on eligible expenses, on-going projects, and in-kind match. Current information on the NTPF grants can be found on their site linked to "More Information" below.

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A list of other potential funding sources, compiled by our office: Funding Guide 2021 .

Additionally, is a service (requires membership fee) through that lists funding programs from across the country for historic preservation and building restoration, as well as "museums and cultural resource conservation, architecture and design, downtown and main street revitalization, libraries and archives, archaeology, the arts (performing, visual, writing) and the humanities."


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