Call for Proposals for Professional Services Partnerships

The CHP is excited to announce a new application process for organizations seeking assistance with developing their historic resources. Our Professional Services Partnerships will provide communities with an opportunity to take advantage of our professional staff and graduate research assistants’ knowledge and expertise at no cost. Proposals will be accepted annually, with the first deadline coming on June 1, 2017. Please see below for the full announcement, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions.


The Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University invites local governments, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and community groups to submit applications for five available partnerships for Professional Services for the 2017-2018 academic year. These Professional Services Partnerships will provide the chosen applicants with professional services at no charge, with the expertise provided by the faculty and staff of the Center for Historic Preservation, assisted by MTSU public history graduate students who are in training at the Center.

We are particularly interested in projects that:

1. Can be completed within one year
2. Address a significant historic property, event, or issue
3. Are located within a 300-mile radius of MTSU’s location in Murfreesboro, TN
4. Demonstrate community need, and
5. Demonstrate the sponsoring group/agency’s own commitment of time, effort, and support

In the past five years, the Center for Historic Preservation has used its Professional Services to support such projects as:

1. Historic Structure Reports
2. Heritage Development Plans
3. History exhibits
4. Heritage tourism driving tours
5. Historic cemetery assessments and preservation plans
6. Heritage publications
*Please see our Partnership Projects database ( for examples of these types of projects.

Applications should include (1) cover letter; (2) a 1-page description of past projects with the Center for Historic Preservation, if any; (3) a detailed description of the proposed project, with images as necessary, not to exceed 5 pages; (4) a full description of the community need, the number of people you hope to reach, and the types of support provided by the applicant and its partners, not to exceed 3 pages; and (5) at least three letters of support for the proposed project from government officials, property owners, or other stakeholders.

Applications are due June 1, 2017. Center faculty and staff may visit the proposed project in June or July, and the awarded partnerships will be announced on August 1, 2017. You may e-mail your application as a PDF to or send it as a hard copy to the Center for Historic Preservation, Box 80, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN, 37132.

For more information, contact:
Antoinette van Zelm, Assistant Director,
Lydia Simpson, Programs Manager,
Both can also be reached at 615-898-2947.

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