Alabama Historical Commission, Alabama SHPO

Alabama Historical Commission Announces 2015 Capital Enhancement Grants Program

The Alabama Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for capital enhancements to non-state owned or operated historical properties and sites. Grants will be awarded for the coming fiscal year 2015. Local historical sites and parks operated by, non-profit or tax exempt organizations, county or municipal governments are eligible. The grants will be awarded so that grant recipients reflect the geographical diversity of the State. Only applicants that did not receive historical grants in fiscal year 2013 are eligible. Religious institutions/organizations are not eligible.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed by August 15, 2014.
Hand-delivered applications must arrive by 5:00 pm on August 15, 2014.

The AHC will award grants in amounts not to exceed $10,000 for any one historical site or park.

Nonprofit groups and government entities interested in applying for a grant should review the application and contact John Powell at or 334 230-2654.

Click here for grant guidelines and application.
These grants are made possible by Act 2014-284 passed by the Alabama Legislature in April 2014.

New Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

On August 22, the Alabama Historical Commission approved regulations for the Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. The new law passed this year gives tax credits to owners who rehabilitate residential and commercial property. The regulations below detail how the AHC will administer the program. Staff will accept applications for the historic preservation credit starting October 1, 2013. Applications that arrive before October 1 will be treated as arriving on October 1.

There are $20 million in tax credits available each year for this program. The AHC will review applications and reserve credits in the order in which they are received. If the AHC receives more than one application on the same day, a lottery will determine the review order. The commission will accept applications on a continuing basis after October 1. Once the annual tax credit allocation has been reserved, the commission will place later applications on a waiting list.

For information about the program, contact Jennifer Bailey at or 334-230-2643.

Important Documents and Links

Summary of the AL Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Act #2013-241

Full Content of Tax Credit Act #2013-241

Tax Credit Regulations (AL Rule 460 x 23)

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Application Forms

·     Instructions

·     Statement of Intent

·     Application Part A Evaluation of Significance

·     Application Part B Description of Rehabilitation

·     Application Part C Request for Certification Completed Work

·     Amendment Sheet

·     Continuation Sheet

.     Supplemental Allocation Application

.     Sample Application Parts A and B

2013 AHC Operating Grant Recipients

Click here for the list of places funded through the 2013 Alabama Historical Commission Operating grant.

Potential Funding Sources and Resources

Alabama Funding Sources

These community and corporate foundations, nonprofit organizations and state agencies support preservation projects.

Alabama Funding Sources

Alabama Resources
Many Alabama organizations offer training and assistance for research, grant writing and fundraising.  Some resources are membership-based, while others offer free assistance.
Alabama Resources

National Funding Sources
These corporate foundations, nonprofit organizations and federal agencies support preservation projects.
National Funding Sources

National Resources
Many national organizations offer training and assistance for research, grant writing and fundraising. Some resources are membership-based, while others offer free assistance.
National Resources



Historic Preservation