How We Help
Our Barn Grant Program offers small planning grants to help with condition assessments for historic barns.
These grants offset the cost of hiring a qualified contractor to evaluate the condition of an historic barn and make recommendations for its care.
The consultant will prepare a report that prioritizes repairs and gives rough cost estimates. The condition assessments cost $500, of which a grant from the Preservation Trust pays $350.
Application is rolling and is initiated by contacting our Field Service Representatives.
The process for applying is to write us a letter requesting a grant of up to $250. In the letter give a brief history of the barn. Please note whether or not the barn is listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places and include a copy of the documentation if you have it (available through the Division for Historic Preservation, 802-828-3213 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Describe what you know to be wrong with the building, and include a photograph of the building. E-mailed applications and digital photos works best, but hard copies are fine.
All grant recipients are required to fill out a W-9 as part of the application process. The form can be downloaded from www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf.
Please mail completed form to Preservation Trust of Vermont, attn. Elise Seraus, 104 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401.
Our Barn Grant program is supported by the Birdseye Foundation.
Additional Funding for Barns
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is able to award competitive 50/50 matching grants of up to $15,000 for the repair of historic agricultural buildings. In order to qualify, the buildings must be at least 50 years old and either listed in, or eligible to be listed in, the National Register of Historic Places.