Historic Preservation Grants
Established in 1986, the State-funded Historic Preservation Grant Program helps municipalities and non-profit organizations rehabilitate and keep in active use the buildings that make up a vital part of Vermont’s historic downtowns, villages, and rural communities.
Since inception, the program has granted almost $4 million towards the preservation of over 500 historic community buildings. Grants have been used to revitalize buildings such as town halls, museums, theaters, libraries, recreation centers and other municipal buildings. If your municipality or non-profit organization owns a historic property, you may be eligible to apply for a Historic Preservation Grant to assist with the cost of repairing and maintaining your building or structure.
See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the Historic Preservation Grants program.
The deadline for the 2016 Historic Preservation grants has passed. Applications for the 2017 round of grants will be available this summer, with a fall 2016 application deadline.
The Norwich Congregational Church in Norwich (Windsor County) received a 2013 Historic Preservation Grant to complete major structural and carpentry repairs to their steeple. This involved temporarily removing portions of the steeple, completing repairs on the ground and then using a crane to put everything back into place.
The Division for Historic Preservation, in cooperation with the Legislature and Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, is able to award competitive 50/50 matching grants of up to $20,000 for the repair of a historic building. In order to qualify, the building 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 Historic Preservation 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.