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Ford: Legislation to help nonprofits and preserve history passes House

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2019) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would allow Indiana nonprofits and corporations to receive additional grants for historic preservation purposes recently passed the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously.

Senate Bill 191 would allow Hoosier nonprofits to receive grants from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs under the Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Grant Program. Nonprofits are currently prohibited from applying for these grants.

“Nonprofits play a pivotal role in the history of our community, and they should not be excluded from receiving grants that would help preserve their work and encourage future endeavors,” Ford said. “I believe this legislation would have a positive impact in our area and across the entire state.”

In addition, SB 191 would allow nonprofit groups to receive a grant if the historic property will be used for the group’s functions. This bill would also increase the maximum amount of a preservation or rehabilitation grant from 35 to 50 percent of the qualified expenditures, as long as it does not exceed $100,000.

SB 191 will now return to the Senate for consideration.


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