Grants available for historic renovation work in rural communities

By: - December 19, 2022 4:00 am
Tekamah bank

Built in 1884, the old Burt County Bank in Tekamah was crumbling away before a local businesswoman launched a project to restore it as an upscale cocktail lounge, AirBnB and apartments. The structure is pictured before new windows and doors were installed this fall. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN — Applications are being sought for $350,000 in grant funds available for repair and rehabilitation of historic properties in communities of less than 30,000 population.

The Rural Nebraska Historic Preservation grant program, being administered by History Nebraska, is intended for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, properties in a National Register-listed historic district, or sites determined to be eligible for listing.

History Nebraska received $350,000 in funding from the National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program earlier this year to finance the grants.

Grants of between $10,000 and $75,000 are available, which can reimburse 90% of the cost of eligible projects.

The deadline for applications is March 1. More information is available online at

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.