CCT: Historic Restoration Fund Grants
Funding Opportunities

Historic Restoration Fund Grants

***State funding for HRF grants is suspended for Fall 2015 ***
Survey and Planning grant funding is now available on a quarterly basis


The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers matching, reimbursement Historic Restoration Fund Grants to Connecticut municipalities and 501(c)3 and 501(c)13 nonprofits to be used for the restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, archaeological investigation or acquisition of Connecticutís historic resources which are listed in the State or National Registers of Historic Places.


The property must be owned by a municipality or a 501(c)3 or 501(c)13 nonprofit organization and the grant awards are paid as a onetime reimbursement. Applications are accepted once a year.

  • Grant awards range from $5,000-$200,000;
  • Grant awards must be matched on a one-to-one basis with cash (no in-kind services allowed);
  • Matching funds cannot be funds from the State of Connecticut. Federal funds or other non-state funds may be used;
  • Facilities must be open to the public or work must be visible to the public;
  • A preservation easement of limited duration must be placed on the property following completion of the project;
  • Grant funds are paid to grantees on a single-payment reimbursement basis following the completion of the project and approval of all work by staff; and
  • Project work must be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

HRF Grants are funded by the Community Investment Act.  The Community Investment Act (also known as Public Act 05-228) was signed into law on July 11th, 2005 and provides increased funding for open space, farmland preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing.


HRF grants require Design Development level plans and specifications to be completed by a Historical Architect who meets the Secretary of the Interiorís Professional Qualifications Standards as published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61.


The use of state and/or federal funds requires an open bidding process.  Contractors cannot be pre-selected and any potential contractor cannot play any role in the design of the project or application.


Grantees may only have one active HRF grant at a time.  Any existing  grants must be officially closed before a new application is submitted to SHPO.


Please contact Mary Dunne at or 860-256-2756 


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