Part I applications are now being accepted.
The Historic Preservation Office is now accepting Part I applications for the Historic Homeowner Grant Program. The submission deadline is July 1, 2019.
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 in the Anacostia Historic District where the maximum is $35,000.
Part I applications 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 spring. Grants awarded will be on track for restoration projects to begin construction in May 2020.
Three historic districts are now eligible for the first time; including: Emerald Street, Kingman Park, and Wardman Flats. The following historic districts are still eligible: 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.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis with preference given to major structural repairs and work that restores important and prominently visible architectural features. Click the “Gallery of Homes” link below to see examples of past grant projects. Such features include: windows, doors, roofs, porches, and ornaments, and historic materials like brick, wood and slate.
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. In Part II, homeowners will receive a detailed scope of work from HPO with instructions to solicit price proposals from general contractors. Homeowners must also submit complete household financial information in Part II. A grant committee appointed by the Director of the Office of Planning and the Chair of the Historic Preservation Review Board will select grant recipients.
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].