Established in 1992, the State-funded Barn Preservation Grant program helps individuals, municipalities, and non-profit organizations to rehabilitate and keep in active use the historic agricultural buildings that are a symbol of Vermont’s rural landscape.
Since inception, the program has granted almost $2.4 million towards the preservation of over 300 historic agricultural buildings around the state. Preservation of our historic agricultural buildings not only protects Vermont’s architectural legacy, it also generates jobs, supports independent businesses, increases civic participation and bolsters a community’s sense of place while enhancing the experience of visitors.
See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the Barn Preservation Grants program.
The deadline for the 2016 Barn Preservation grants has passed. Applications for the 2017 round of grants will be available this summer, with a fall 2016 deadline. To receive notification regarding the next round of Barn Preservation grants and be added to our mailing list, contact Debra Sayers at 802-828-3213.
The owner of this c. 1810 hay barn in Jacksonville/Windham County, one of a set of connected agricultural structures, applied for and received a 2013 Barn Preservation Grant to repair the barn’s frame, rafters, foundation, roof and siding.
The Division for Historic Preservation, in cooperation with the Legislature and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, is able to award competitive 50/50 matching grants of up to $15,000 for the repair of historic agricultural buildings. In order to qualify, the buildings must be at least 50 years old and either listed in, or eligible to be listed in, the National Register of Historic Places.
This is a reimbursement grant program, which means that if you are awarded a grant, you are responsible for paying for the full amount of the project and the State will then reimburse you once the project and required paperwork are completed. The Barn Grant Program is funded by the taxpayers of the State of Vermont, at the direction of the General Assembly, through the annual Capital Appropriations and State Bonding Act.