CCT: Survey and Planning

Survey and Planning Grant Overview


The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers Survey and Planning Grants to be used for a variety of historic preservation planning purposes. Please refer to the corresponding guidelines which can be found on our website.


Survey and Planning 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. The Act provides increased funding for open space, farmland preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing.


All work must be completed by a consultant who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s 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. Project consultants cannot be pre-selected and any potential consultants cannot play any role in the design of the project or application.



Historic Resources Inventories

Historic Resources Inventories create detailed records of historic buildings, sites, structures, and/or objects within a defined geographical area or multiple resources related to a theme throughout the state. These documents are based on archival research, field work, and photography. The Historic Resources Inventories must be completed by a consultant who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards as published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61. In most cases this will be an Architectural Historian.


Guidelines for Survey and Planning Grants for Historic Resources Inventories



Planning and Pre-Development Grants

Historic Designation Reports

Survey and Planning Grants can be used to fund a variety of historic designation reports including:

·         National Historic Landmark Nominations

·         National Register of Historic Places Nominations

·         Connecticut State Register of Historic Places Nominations

·         Local Historic District or Properties Reports

Historic Designation Reports are completed by an Architectural Historian or a Historian who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards as published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61.


Municipal Historic Preservation Planning Reports

Historic Preservation Planning Reports can assist a municipality with integrating historic preservation and a community’s cultural resources into the local planning and design process. These plans can be used to assist in developing reports that involve land use, streetscapes, traffic, and signage. These reports can also be developed to assist a municipality in creating historic preservation plans or chapters of a plan of conservation and development. An analysis of the physical, social, and economic characteristics of the area serves as a basis for recommendations which may include rehabilitation guidelines, overlay zoning or historic designations. Municipal Historic Preservation Planning Reports should be completed by a Historic Preservation Planner; however other consultants may be used with approval from SHPO.

Pre-Development Studies

Survey and Planning Grants can be use to hire a qualified consultant to complete pre-development studies on historic resources owned by Connecticut 501(c)3 or 501(c)13 nonprofits or municipalities, or if a municipality has a financial interest in the resource. Eligible activities in this program area include:

§ Historic Structures Reports- document the history and existing physical condition of a property through research, photographs, physical exploration, etc. The report also provides guidance for the future use, repair, maintenance, etc. of the property. These reports are completed by a 36 CFR Part 61 qualified Historical Architect or an engineer.

§ Feasibility or Adaptive Reuse Studies-analyze the reuse potential of an existing building and identifies possible new uses, financial strategies, and cost estimates. A feasibility or adaptive reuse study may include preliminary architectural plans completed by a 36 CFR Part 61 qualified Historical Architect.

§ Structural Soundness Studies-assess a structure’s physical stability. Structural Soundness Studies are conducted by a structural engineer.

§ Condition Assessment Reports-assess a resource’s current, existing conditions on a comprehensive basis. Condition assessments can be prepared for a variety of resources including buildings, monuments, objects, bridges, etc. A condition assessment will prioritize the work necessary to rehabilitate or restore a property and will also include cost estimates and/or a proposed budget. These reports include a discussion on building materials, failure of those materials, code violations, and ADA accessibility. For reports on buildings, the condition assessment should be prepared by a 36 CFR Part 61 qualified Historical Architect.

§ Architectural Plans and Specifications-must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and be prepared by a 36 CFR Part 61 qualified Historical Architect or an engineer. If the applicant is planning on using the plans and specifications for a Historic Restoration Fund grant application, the documents should be prepared to Design Development Level.

       Guidelines for Survey and Planning Grants for Planning and Pre-development Rev. 12/14



Partners in Preservation Grants

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers matching, reimbursement Partners in Preservation Grants to Connecticut municipalities and 501(c)3 and 501(c)13 nonprofits for projects that advance the goals of the State Historic Preservation Office through a variety of historic preservation education, awareness, promotion, outreach and visioning initiatives.

Public Education and Awareness

  • State Archaeological Preserve booklets that present well-illustrated and informative text on a designated preserve for the general public to encourage participation in efforts to preserve the designated resource.
  • Historic preservation public education events or publications
  • Historic district commission training
  • Development and publication of design review guidelines 
  • Exhibit, website, virtual tour, brochure or poster that would highlight Historic Preservation Month (May), Connecticut Freedom Trail Month (September) or Archaeology Awareness Month (October)
  • The “architectural history” portion of a town major anniversary celebration (e.g 350th).


  •  Historic preservation publications, including books, brochures, and magazine features
  • Town or local non-profit website development or updates to promote historic preservation and architectural history
  • Heritage tourism materials, including mobile applications, that emphasis historic preservation
  • Walking tours of historic districts
  • Historic preservation awards program honoring property owners for appropriate restoration
  • Historic Preservation Month (May) activities.


  • Workshops that provide technical assistance to owners of historic properties
  • Public presentations on local historic preservation issues and tools


  •  Charrettes or other team-approach activities that use public/private/non-profit collaboration to find solutions to local preservation issues
  • Publications that result from preservation problem-solving activities
  •  Preservation “tool kits” that can provide a roadmap with resources to help local communities identify and protect their local resources

Guidelines for the Partners in Preservation Grant




Our Places, Our Stories
The goal of “Our Places, Our Stories” is to foster a sense of richness, inclusivity and collaboration with the many ethnic communities found within the State of Connecticut. By building information about the historical context of the focus ethnic community, including a chronologic history of the immigration patterns and identifying related historic and ethnic heritage sites, the resulting information will ultimately be used to create an Ethnic Heritage Trail.

Guidelines and Additional Information for Our Places, Our Stories




Application Information

Applications are due by the 10the of each month.


All complete applications will be reviewed by SHPO staff and considered for funding. Once an application is reviewed, SHPO will contact the applicant with any questions or points of clarification.

If the application is complete, applicants will be asked to make a presentation to the Historic Preservation Council who votes to recommend the awards of grants. The Historic Preservation Council meets the first Wednesday of each month. The Historic Preservation Council votes to recommend the award to the Advisory Committee on Culture and Tourism who ultimately awards the grant.


Survey and Planning Grant Application  REVISED 2.9.15


Budget REVISED 2.9.15


Vendor Profile and W-9 Forms


Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) Form


Certified Resolution Sample


Grant Flow Chart


Professional Services Selection Process





For more information, contact:

Mary Dunne at 860-256-2756 or email at


Laura Mancuso at 860-256-2757 or email at


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