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How to Gain Funding to Restore Historic Homes and Other Structures

Historic homes may receive a grant in order to restore their original, inherent character and beauty, especially if they represent important parts of New England’s history.

History of Our Past

The National Historic Preservation Act has issued rules for federal, local and state governments in order to work alongside the public and non-profit organizations for the preservation and restoration of historical places. Such places represent our history. The act aims to restore them to their original beauty, showing them as they once were. The National Park Service manages this fund, discharging money to states that in turn offer grant money to applicants. Private funding sources are also available. There are several criteria that must be met to obtain a grant for this type of renovation.

How to Receive and Use a Grant

To be approved for a historic home restoration grant, a completed application must be submitted to the National Trust Preservation fund or your state’s Historic Preservation Office. Once funding has been procured, there are several companies specializing in historic home restoration in New England. Such companies can help ensure the proper and professional preservation of historic property.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify, a property needs to be linked with the lives and events of important historical persons, to embody distinct and individual characteristics and to have high creative value or yield historically important information. When a property meets these criteria, the National Park Service will recommend it for listing on the National Register of Historical Places. Admission to this register is a first condition for receiving any type of public funding.

Those applicants who are eligible for grants include state agencies and universities, as well as local governments such as cities, towns, counties, and non-profit organizations. Historical properties that are privately owned generally need to find funding for restoration from other sources.

Applications

When a property meets the criteria for eligibility, an application can then be filed with the National Trust Preservation Fund or a local Historic Preservation Office. This application should contain details about the property and the amount requested for the grant. National and state funding applications each have unique deadlines. For example, applications to the National Trust Preservation are due on the 1st of February, June and October of each year. You must submit applications before the due date in order to qualify for deliberation within that year.