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Douglas County Heritage Grants and Historic Survey Information

Grant Information & Historic Building Survey Reports



2017 Natural and Cultural Grant Program 
Grant applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 or postmarked by March 15, 2017.
All potential applicants must meet with the program coordinator by February 28, 2017.

2017 Grant Guidelines

2017 Grant Application

2017 Grant Application Budget Form

2017 Grant Workshop Flyer

2017 HCC Grant Awards

Recipient:                  Lecompton Historical Society
Project Title:             Partial Funding for New Roof for Lane University (Territorial Capital Museum)
Grant Award:           $26,760 

Recipient:                  Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center and Museum
Project title:              Honoring a Community Legacy-The Story of the 1926 Haskell Stadium and   WWI Memorial Archway Dedication

Grant Award:           $73,194

Recipient:                  University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.
Project Title:             Stone Arched Cellars & the Early Historic Settlement of Douglas County
Grant Award:           $55,589

Recipient:                  University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.
Project Title:             Identifying Potential Project Areas for the Protection of Natural & Cultural Resources in Douglas County, Kansas
Grant Award:             $104,457

2016 Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant Application Materials - Applications were accepted through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016/or postmarked by March 15, 2016.

2016 HCC Grant Awards:

Turnhalle Building - Phase II  




For the purpose of architectural and engineering fees to develop design development documents for the building.

Lecompton Historical Society $26,728.00 Heating and cooling system. Ultra violet window protection for collection preservation. 
The Delaware Tribe Agricultural Heritage Planning Project  $67,775.00 Funding in support of a nine month-long professional planning process that will result in a baseline analysis, master site plan, business plan, and identification of funding for project implementation. Funding for the project will ensure that both prime farmland soils and the Delaware cultural legacy are preserved for future generations.
Clinton Lake Historical Society - Wakarusa River Valley Museum          $8,000.00 Development of a full site plan at the museum property near Bloomington Park on Clinton Lake and a feasibility study for a possible meeting hall on site. 
Douglas County Historical Society- Watkins Museum of History $5,000.00 Funds in support of the development of a Civil Rights Interactive Kiosk.
Douglas County Conservation District - Education Project $8,000.00 Funds in support of the 2016 & 2017 Douglas County Water Festival - bus transportation for local students. 
Friends of the Kaw/Kansas River Project $13,230.00 Funds in support of this natural resource project involving cleanup, restoration of the river and education programs.
Eudora Historical Society $89,000.00 Funds in support of 720 Main Street Second Floor Access.
Total Funding Awarded $247,733.00  


2015 Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant Applications Materials

The Heritage Conservation Council encourages you to apply for funds provided by the Douglas County Commission for the grant program.  Please review the following grant documents.  We suggest you read the "Guidelines" first to get an overview of the program, its goals, and how it works. 

Heritage Grants Awarded in 2015



Grant Award

DCHS-Watkins  Museum

Douglas County Historical Society - 3rd floor


Freedoms Frontier Riverkings Museum

Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area/River Kings


Santa Fe Trail Clearfield School Project

Santa Fe Trail Historical Society/Clearfield School Desks


St. John's La Yarda Exhibit

La Yarda- St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church- exhibit


City of Lecompton Building Repair

City of Lecompton - New Floor Project Community Bldg.


City of Lawrence - Oak Hill Receiving Vault

City of Lawrence/Oak Hill Cemetery Receiving Vault


Black Jack Battlefield Trust Pearson House

Black Jack Battlefield Trust/Interior Robert Hall Pearson House


Heritage Grants Awarded in 2014 - Target Grants:
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School - Restoration of an original architectural drawing of the building - $1,250
Douglas County Historical Society - Permanent exhibit - Stair Hall - $10,000
Slice of Agriculture Committee - Slice of Life Program - $1,000
Douglas County Conservation District & Delaware Tribe of Indians - Facilitated Conversation regarding possible collaboration on Delaware Tribe of Indians' agricultural land - $8,100
Kansas Historical Foundation - Constitution Hall Window Restoration - $21,500
LeCompton Historical Society - Updating Artifact/Collection Records - $10,000
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area - Kansas Riverkings: Life on the Kaw Museum Exhibit - $8,000
African American Quilt Museum & Textile Academy - Turkey Red: Interpreting the Life of Douglas County Contraband - $25,000
Monard Watch - Monard Watch Educational Signage - $2,650
Friends of the Kaw - Restoration of the Kaw River between Lawrence and Eudora - $10,000

Major Grant funded in 2014:University of Kansas Center for Research - A Systematic Inventory for Natural Areas and Habitat in Douglas County - $147,500

Natural, Cultural and Historic Surveys
An important initiative of the Heritage Conservation Council is to facilitate a comprehensive county-wide historic survey. Survey is the process of identifying and evaluating a community's historic architectural resources and survey information is necessary to plan for preservation. The survey and inventory will aid the Lawrence/Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Department in the identification of natural, cultural, and historic resources as outlined in the Preservation Plan element of Horizon 2020. The council is implementing a systematic multi-year survey plan.

Historic preservation is essentially a local activity. Because of the number of properties aimed to be surveyed, the involvement of area residents is crucial. The project team leaders work actively to involve residents and property owners in determining which properties and natural resources should be surveyed and to solicit information from local historians and property owners.

Report 2011 Historic Resources Survey of Eudora and Kanwaka Townships
For the first phase, the Council identified Eudora and Kanwaka Townships to be surveyed. The survey of Eudora and Kanwaka Townships is an opportunity to document the resources of two rural townships in Douglas County that are undergoing rapid development and change. The survey fieldwork was conducted during the spring and summer of 2012 by preservation historians, Dale Nimz and Susan Ford. Overall, the consultants surveyed approximately 168 properties in Eudora and Kanwaka Townships and inventoried more than 400 buildings, structures, and landscape features.

Report 2012 Historic Resources Survey of Kanwaka and Wakarusa Townships
For the second phase, the Council hired consultant Dale Nimz to complete the historic resources survey of Kanwaka Township and begin the survey of Wakarusa Township focusing on the eastern portion.Overall, approximately 118 properties in Kanwaka and Wakarusa Townships were surveyed and more than 389 buildings, structures, and landscape features were inventoried.

Historic Building Survey Reports and Grant Reports