A limited number of matching grants for preserving or rehabilitating historic buildings and sites in Utah are available.

For the first time since 1983, the Utah Division of State History has been given federal funding for "bricks and mortar" projects.The Utah Office of Preservation hopes to use the $15,000 available to fund two to three projects this year. Projects with high visibility and that involve buildings accessible to the general public are expected to get priority consideration.

To qualify, projects must involve buildings currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Active churches, however, are not eligible.

Applications for grants will be available through April 29 and the deadline for submitting completed applications to the Office of Preservation is May 31. Those interested in applying should contact Don Hartley or Roger Roper at the Utah State Division of History, 300 Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 or call 533-5755.