Historic Preservation Grants
Established in 1986, the State-funded Historic Preservation Grant Program helps municipalities and non-profit organizations rehabilitate the historic buildings that are a vital part of Vermont’s downtowns, villages, and rural communities, as well as its iconic landscape.
Since inception, the program has provided almost $5 million towards the preservation of over 550 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 repairs, maintenance, and accessibility improvements.
The deadline for 2017 grant funding is October 3, 2016 by close of business. For information about how to apply, please read the 2017 Grant Application Manual (link below).
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 and maintenance of a historic building. In order to qualify, the building must be at least 50 years old and listed in or eligible for 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 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.
See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the Historic Preservation Grants program.