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The Preservation Trust of Vermont is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization grant round. This project is supported through a grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants) as administered by the National Park Service Department of the Interior.

PTV has $625,000 available to preserve and restore buildings and community gathering spaces of economic and social significance in rural communities. Examples of work we support are roof repair or replacement, structural repairs, facade, window and door restoration or repair, and code improvements. Grants will be made in increments of $50,000-$100,000. Selection will be made based on regional distribution, variety of project type, community and economic development potential and the capacity of the active, local working group. We are particularly interested in projects that aim to increase the economic vitality of a community through non-profit ownership of general stores or other businesses, or bring new economic and community activity to village centers. Only nonprofit tax-exempt 501C-3 organizations and municipalities in towns with populations less than 7,500 people will be eligible. Click here to see a full list of Vermont towns by population.

IMPORTANT DATES

January 17, 2023: Applications Open

February 28, 2023: Deadline for requests to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for Letters of Eligibility to the National Register. In order to be eligible and complete your application, you will need to know the property’s National Register Status.

If you know the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, great, you are good to go.

If you do not know if your property is on the National Register, you can look it up on Vermont’s Online Resource Center. Simply select your town, the file type “National Register,” and the document type “Nomination Form,” and review the individually listed and district applications to see if your property is among them. If you are having difficulties, contact jenna@ptvermont.org for help.

If your property is not listed, it must be deemed eligible for listing by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation in writing. Contact Devin Coleman devin.colman@vermont.gov State Architectural Historian 802-585-8246 for more information. The deadline for submitting requests for letters of eligibility is February 28th. You will need this letter for your application so don’t delay!

March 31, 2023: Deadline for application submission

May 1, 2023: Grant awards announced

June 30, 2025: Projects must be completed

  • Project Name, Location and Contact Information

  • Eligibility Requirements Checklist

  • Is the applying organization a non-profit tax-exempt 501C-3 non-profit OR a municipality?
  • Is your project located in a community with a population of 7500 or less? See this list if you are unsure.
  • To be eligible for these grant funds, your property must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places

    OR

    Your property must be eligible for the National Register AND you are willing to get it listed.

    Please check your National Register status.
  • Is your grant request amount in the range of $50,000-$100,000? (A match is not required but it is encouraged.)
  • Will your project be completed by June 30, 2025?
  • Will your project comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties? See Standards here: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-rehabilitation.htm
  • Does the Preservation Trust of Vermont hold an easement on your building OR are you willing to place a term easement on the property, subject to National Park Service approval?
  • Does your project comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act or have a plan in place to become ADA compliant?
  • Is your project a roof replacement or repair, structural repairs or foundation work, facade, window or door restoration or repair, or code improvements?
  • Please confirm that work on your project has not yet begun.
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