Historic Restoration Fund Grants (HRF)


This program is intended to offer maintenance and repair funding to non-profit 501c3 and 501c13 and municipally owned buildings listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places.


  • Rehabilitation projects must be directly attributed to the long-term preservation of historic building fabric and character defining features.
  • The property must be owned by the applicant or have a minimum 20-year lease agreement in place.
  • The non-profit applicant must have non-profit 501c3 or 501c13 status for at least 2 years.
  • The work must be open to the public or visible to the public.
  • A preservation easement/restriction is required to be filed on the land records. For more information please read SHPO's easement information here: Preservation Restriction

Funding Information:

  • Grant awards range from $5,000 to $200,000.
  • Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis.
  • Grants are paid on a single-payment reimbursement basis following project completion.
  • Federal funds and other non-state funds can be used as a match.
    HRF Grants are funded by the Community Investment Act (also known as Public Act 05-228), which was signed into law on July 11, 2005. The Act provides increased funding for historic preservation as well as open space, farmland preservation, and affordable housing.

Application Information:

  • The next deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2022 to be considered at the February 1, 2023 Historic Preservation Council Meeting *While the application may be heard at the Historic Preservation Council meeting, there is no guarantee that it will be approved. The SHPO and Historic Preservation Council reserve the right to request more information at subsequent meetings.

Application process:

Step 1: Please email Erin Fink at Erin.Fink@ct.gov with the following information to schedule a consultation:

  • The name and address of the historic site for which funding is being requested
  • A brief description of the project
  • A cost estimate for the project
  • A list of any planning documents that have been created for the project

Step 2: After a consultation (by phone, zoom or a site visit), a link to the online application will be sent. 

  • A sample application form can be found here: Sample Application
  • Applications will require: a long-term preservation plan or conditions assessment, budget, plans/drawings and specifications, bid-level scope of work, and may include: a testing of hazardous materials, structural analysis, or consultation with the staff archaeologist.
  • Please complete the application by the deadline.

Step 3: The application will be reviewed by SHPO staff members and the Historic Preservation Council

Step 4: The application will be heard at a Historic Preservation Council meeting 

  • The council will vote to approve, table or deny the application

Step 5: If the council votes to approve the application

  • A contract will be sent to the applicant within 2 weeks. A sample contract can be found here: HRF Contract for Nonprofits
  • Please sign and return the contract to Erin Fink by email at Erin.Fink@ct.gov and by mail at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5 SHPO, Attn: Erin Fink, Hartford, CT. 06103.
  • A SHPO director will then sign the contract and return it to the applicant.

Step 6: Please complete and send the following forms by email to Erin.Fink@ct.gov

Step 7: Bid documents will be reviewed and approved.

  • Please follow the 2019-current bidding requirements here: Bidding Requirements
  • Applicants must get at least 3 bids for the work.
  • Bidders must submit a CHRO form, Performance and Payment Bonds, Proof of Insurance, Commercial General Liability, Automobile Liability, Commercial Umbrella Insurance, Workers Compensation and Employer's Liability, Hold Harmless Agreement, and a Project Schedule
  • Applicants must submit the names of each bidder, the bid amount, and the required documentation listed above.
  • Applicants must write a brief justification for the choice of bidder and notify bidders of their decision.
  • Applicants must then send a copy of the contract with the winning bidder to Erin Fink by email at Erin.Fink@ct.gov for approval.
  • Applicants will put up a sign using the following: Template

Step 8: Applicants will complete the project

Step 9: Applications will complete the following checklist to close out the project: Close-out Guidelines and Check-list

Step 10: Applicants will file the Preservation Restriction on the land records.

SHPO looks forward to working with you and your organization on your project.