BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Thousands were granted for four East Baton Rouge Parish historic preservation projects.

According to the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, a total of $548,185 was granted to 21 projects across the state. The office said grants include $416,215 in Survey and Planning grants, and $95,970 toward eight Certified Local Government (CLG) community projects, with $36,000 dedicated to the CLG program to support trainings and scholarships. 

“Historic preservation is important to all of Louisiana as it helps create jobs and spurs economic development throughout the state while preserving our culture and history in the process,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “Through these grants, we are investing in preservation to highlight our historic areas and bring them back to life. The investment of these grants is paying long-term dividends for Louisiana not just in tax revenue but also commitment to community.”

The following projects were granted funds in EBR:

  • LA Architecture Foundation (LAF) — 2-Film will acknowledge contribution made by LA’s Free People of Color Master Craftsman. This project was granted $12,097.50.
  • Capital Area United Way — Original Public Library Baton Rouge National Register Nomination. This project was granted $2,500.
  • Southern University Baton Rouge — Archives building cultural education, public knowledge, & kiosk project. This project was granted $19,855.
  • City of Baton Rouge — Historic Spanish Town Re-Survey & Nomination. This project was granted $13,550.

Outside of EBR, Donaldsonville and Denham Springs received funding for historic preservation projects. The City of Donaldsonville received $11,000 for a Native American education preservation project and the City of Denham Springs received $15,317 for a discovering Spring Park feasibility study.