Certified Local Government (CLG) Program
The designation Certified Local Government indicates that a municipality meets certain qualifications and is, therefore "certified" to carry out specific regulatory and administrative preservation activities at the local level. To apply for this federal designation, a city or town must have:
- A local preservation ordinance for the designation and protection of local properties
- An active and qualified historic preservation commission
- A qualified professional staff person to support the commission
- An up-to-date inventory of historic properties within its jurisdiction.
In addition, the community must:
- Participate in the process of nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places
- Provide for public participation in its meetings and activities.
(L to R) Pendleton Historic District, Madison Co.; West End Historic District, Fort Wayne, Allen Co.; and Downtown New Albany Historic District, Floyd Co.
Benefits to the community
CLG communities qualify for technical assistance and training opportunities from the DHPA, gain a significant competitive advantage in applying for federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants, and receive a more advantageous grant-to-match ratio under this program. Federal guidelines require that at least 10% of each state's annual HPF allocation be disbursed to CLG communities. More than $100,000 in grant funding is awarded to Indiana’s CLGs each year. Learn more about the HPF grant program here.
Indiana’s CLG communities include:
- Crown Point
- Fort Wayne
- Monroe County
- New Albany
- St. Joseph County
- South Bend
- West Lafayette