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Apply for a Historic Homeowner Grant

The Historic Preservation Office accepts Part I applications for the Historic Homeowner Grant Program from October 1 to June 30 of every year (Part I applications are not accepted July, August and September). The grants are available to low- and moderate-income households living in specific historic districts. Grants may be up to a maximum of $25,000, except the Anacostia Historic District where the maximum is $35,000.

Part I applications received by July 1, 2017 will be reviewed for eligibility and receive a Part II application to complete. Completed Part II applications will be reviewed by the grant committee in early fall. Grants awarded in early fall will be on track for restoration projects the next spring.

Grants will be awarded for exterior repairs, rehabilitation, and structural work on historic properties in the following historic districts: Anacostia, Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, Capitol Hill, Fourteenth Street, LeDroit Park, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon Square, Mount Vernon Triangle, Shaw, Strivers' Section, U Street, and Takoma Park. Work affecting sides of the house visible from public streets, which makes an appreciable difference in the appearance of the house, is encouraged. Click the “Gallery of Homes” link (below) to see examples of past grant projects.

The grant application is a two part process. In Part I, homeowners provide photographs of their house and a general description of the repairs and restorations they propose to make. Use the Grant Application to download a Part I application.

Eligible applicants who receive a Part II application will also receive a detailed scope of work from HPO. To prepare the Part II application, applicants will use the scope of work to get price proposals from general contractors. Complete household financial information will also be submitted in Part II. The grant committee is appointed by the Director of the Office of Planning and the Chairman of the Historic Preservation Review Board.

The grants were created by the Targeted Historic Preservation Assistance Amendment Act of 2006.
 

Questions regarding the program should be directed to Brendan Meyer at (202) 741-5248 or [email protected].

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