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City Of Deadwood Pays It Forward

The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission is taking applications for the Outside-of-Deadwood Grant Program. The grant program began in 2002 and is designed to help non-profit organizations across South Dakota pay for preservation-related projects. The grant money comes from Deadwood’s gaming revenues.

Kevin Kuchenbecker is the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Deadwood. He says citizens across the state helped legalize gaming and this is one way the City can pay it forward.

“We’ve funded over 89 projects across the state including projects like Buffalo Gap Community Center, Dell Rapids Opera House, bringing back the Railroad Depot to Ft. Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, our sister-city of Lead have received funding and many, many other ones,” says Kuchenbecker.

Kuchenbecker says nearly $250,000 is allocated each year to approved applicants. He says the grant money is generally given as a 1-to-1 match with a maximum of $25,000 each. The deadline to apply is January 2nd.