CCT: Historic Restoration Fund Grants
Funding Opportunities

Historic Restoration Fund Grants

Applications to the HRF grant program are now being accepted for as long as funds are available

Please refer to new application and guidelines


  • The funding cap has been reduced from $200,000 to $50,000
  • Acquisition of properties is no longer an eligible expense
  • Projects must be single maintenance and repair/preservation projects as opposed to smaller components of a larger construction project.
  • Requirement for an historical architect is at the discretion of SHPO
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis as opposed to once yearly deadline


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 or archaeological investigation   of Connecticut’s 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.

  • Grant awards range from $5,000-$50,000;
  • Grant awards must be matched on a one-to-one basis with cash (no in-kind services allowed);
  • Grants cannot be awarded for work already completed or in progress;
  • A preservation easement of up to 10 years must be placed on the property following completion of the project;
  • Grantee must have entire project amount in hand at time of application. 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;
  • 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

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.


Some HRF grants require Design Development level plans and specifications to be completed by a Historical Architect 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.  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 Alyssa Lozupone  or 860-500-2426


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