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County of Santa Clara Historical Heritage Grant Program Accepting Applications

Technical Workshop Scheduled for Applicants on April 19

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara 2012 Historical Heritage Grant Program is now accepting applications. Local public agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funds for projects located in Santa Clara County. A total of $263,381 is available for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 2012 – June 2013).

“The Historical Heritage Grant was designed to preserve the historical resources of our county,” said Supervisor George Shirakawa, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “With the help of this program, many historical sites in the county have been renovated and open for the public to visit.”

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors established the Historical Heritage Grant Program in 1990 to promote historic preservation and increase public awareness of significant cultural, historical, and archaeological resources within the county. Since then, the Board has approved grants for 62 projects across the county, totaling nearly $6.3 million, funded primarily by the Parks Charter Development Fund. Many finished projects have become visitor destinations, including Casa Grande in the South County, Sea Scout Building in Palo Alto, and the Old City Hall in Gilroy.

Local governments and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate in historic heritage preservation through this Grant Program. To qualify, a project needs to meet a series of criteria including:
  • involving the development of real property;
  • being located in a public park or on private property dedicated to park purposes; and
  • already having seed money in place.
Application is due Thursday, June 28, 2012. The program details and application packets can be found at:, under “Quick Clicks.” A free technical workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at County Government center, 70 West Hedding Street, Room 157, San Jose, CA. Applicants are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about the program and project eligibility.

“The Historical Heritage Grant Program provides a resource to assist local public agencies and non-profits within Santa Clara County in preserving some of the county’s unique historic resources,” said Robb Courtney, Director of Santa Clara County Park and Recreation Department, which administers the Grant Program.  “I encourage those interested to explore the grant program and to contact our department with any questions.”    

For more information, please contact Christian Elliott at (408) 355-2291, or email:


Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Tamara Clark Shear, County Parks and Recreation (408) 355-2215
Posted: April 12, 2012