How to Apply for a Historical Grant on a House

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You fell in love with a charming historical house and now you would like to find a grant to help cover the costs of restoring it to its full grandeur. From federal programs to local organizations, the options you have are many. Before you begin, gather all your reference materials on your house, including deeds, old photographs and supporting documentation that will help you prove the age and historical relevance of your house.

Visit Grants.gov. The government website allows applicants to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies

Check into any available state and local historical society programs. Many city and county governments and nonprofit organizations sponsor grant or loan programs within their jurisdictions.

Apply online at Preserve America. A White House initiative that encourages preservation of cultural and national heritage by developing a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past, Preserve America provides grants to cities, counties, towns and Indian tribes, as well as eligible neighborhoods within cities with a population of 200,000 or more.

Apply for a historical grant with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This is the principal advocate for preservation in the United States. Offering several types of financial assistance, the National Trust for Historic Preservation aids nonprofit organizations, public agencies, for-profit companies and individuals involved in preservation-related projects.

Apply for a Save America's Treasures grant via the online application available at www.grants.gov. The "Save America's Treasures program" is a federal grant program to protect the nation's "endangered and irreplaceable" cultural heritage. It offers grants for preservation and/or conservation for nationally significant intellectual, cultural artifacts as well as for historic structures and sites. The grant works in conjunction with a competitive matching-grant program that is administered by the National Park Service.

Tips

  • Be creative. Look into grants you could obtain from other areas, such as a grant to reuse the house for another purpose. Examples are affordable housing, senior housing units or a community building or recreational facility. Any of those purposes might meet grant criteria under local, state or federal grant programs that are geared toward seniors, housing, community development or recreation.