Historic Restoration Fund Grants (HRF)

Overview


Thank you for your interest in the State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO) Historic Restoration Fund (HRF) grant program.

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.

Key Grant Details

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.


1. Applications must be submitted using SHPO’s online grant portal. The link will be provided after a consultation with SHPO staff member, Erin Fink has been completed. Please email Erin.Fink@ct.gov to arrange a meeting or phone call.

2. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis.

Key application dates:
• Friday, November 5, 2021 to be considered at the January 5, 2022 Historic Preservation Council Meeting.
• Friday, March 4, 2022 to be considered at the May 4, 2022 Historic Preservation Council Meeting
• Friday, June 3, 2022 to be considered at the August 3, 2022 Historic Preservation Council Meeting
• Friday, September 2, 2022 to be considered at the November 2, 2022 Historic Preservation Council Meeting
• 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.

3. The funding cap is now $200,000. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $200,000. Grants will be awarded while funds are available.

• 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.
• Funding awards of $25,000 or greater will require agency signatures. Signed assistance agreements may take 1-3 months to be returned. Applicants must have a fully executed assistance agreement before beginning the bidding process.
• Applicants may have only have one active SHPO HRF grant at a time. Existing grants must be closed before a new application can be submitted.

All applications require:

• A long-term preservation plan for each property on the site. Preservation Plan Template CT SHPO 
• Bid-level scope of work.
• Itemized budget including: materials, labor, and 15% contingency.

Ownership requirements:

• 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.

SHPO reserves the right to request the following requirements:

Conditions Assessment of entire building or specific project. SHPO offers a Survey and Planning grant to assist in the creation of conditions assessments, drawings, plans and specifications, and engineering reports.
• Drawings, plans and specifications. A List of Architects and Engineers is available upon request
• Testing of hazardous materials.
• Structural analysis for projects. A List of Architects and Engineers is available upon request
• Consultation with staff archaeologist.

Preservation Restrictions/Easements

A preservation easement of up to 20 years must also be placed on the property following completion of the project. Click here for more information on the preservation restriction program.

Contact

Erin Fink, Architectural Preservationist

T: 860.500.2426

E: Erin.Fink@ct.gov