Centennial Grants Preserve City History

Since 2005, more than $21 million has been given to projects like the Helldorado Parade and Rodeo, Historic Westside School, Neon Museum, Las Vegas Academy, Mob Museum and restoration of vintage neon signs through Centennial Grants. These grants from the Las Vegas Centennial Commission (LVCC) Fund are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing funding to facilitate the education, commemoration, preservation and enhancement of historic resources in Las Vegas.

Centennial Grants are funded directly through proceeds from the Centennial license plate, a special commemorative plate authorized by the State of Nevada and available through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The plate features the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign designed by Betty Whitehead Willis in 1959, which still stands in the median island south of Tropicana Avenue on Las Vegas Boulevard. Proceeds from the sale of the license plate are available to fund community initiatives such as “historical markers, tours of historic sites and improvements to or restoration of historic buildings or structures.” Funds are administered by the LVCC and are made available for projects relating to the commemoration of the history of the city.

Governmental agencies, for-profit, non-profit organizations and/or owners of residential properties designated on the city’s. Historic Register are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for consideration based on the following categories:

  • Historic Preservation Projects which focus on the preservation, conservation and protection of irreplaceable buildings, sites, and other artifacts of historical significance; all of which are an important part of Las Vegas’ cultural heritage.
  • Events Funding for activities and functions that commemorate the history of the City of Las Vegas, promote tourism and engage the public through the delivery of unique experiences.
  • Education Funding for educational resources that serve to teach and engage the public. These efforts increase overall public awareness and contribute to greater advocacy and appreciation. The development of lesson plans, workshops, online resources, historic tours, maps, publications and interpretive signs and markers would be examples of eligible projects in this category.
  • Arts & Media Funding for works which have artistic and historical merit and appeal to an informed general audience; and which might not even come into being without grant funding; and represent a contribution without which, the community would be the poorer. All media types may be considered and works may be portable, permanently affixed or incorporated into the design and or function of a public space or building related to the area’s historic role in the community and/or its significance to a particular group or neighborhood in the city.

More information about the grant, eligibility, application process and more can be found here. Applications can be found on the city’s website. For more information contact Esther Reincke at ereincke@lasvegasnevada.gov or 702–229–6672.