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 its 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 for a Historic Preservation Grant to assist with the cost of repairs, maintenance, and accessibility improvements.
Applications for the 2021 grants are now available and are due on Monday, October 5, 2020. Use the links below to download the application materials:
Historic Preservation Applicant Webinar:
In addition to the written program guidelines, applicants are encouraged to watch the 2020 Historic Preservation Applicant Webinar when working to complete an application for funding. Along with basic information and general guidance about the program, the 50-minutes video reviews the program's scoring criteria which is used to evaluate and score applications. The webinar also covers information about required attachments which must be submitted with every application.
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 rehabilitation 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.