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Mathews eligible for hurricane recovery grants

Mathews County is among 52 Virginia counties and cities eligible for grant funding to assist recovery at historic properties and archaeological sites damaged by hurricanes Florence and/or Michael in the fall of 2018.

A release from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources said fundable projects in the affected localities that DHR also will consider include surveys of historic (architectural and archaeological) resources, to determine their potential for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, to assess storm-inflicted damage to the resources, and to compile disaster management plans specifically tailored to historic resources.

The National Park Service awarded more than $4.7 million to DHR for this work, the department said. Gloucester County is not included on the list of localities eligible to apply.

Private owners, not-for-profit organizations, and public administrators of historic properties in these same jurisdictions that FEMA listed in its major disaster declarations 4401 and 4411 are also eligible to apply for grant funding, DHR said.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. Information and application forms are posted on the DHR website: