Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

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2014 Making Places Grants and Technical Assistance Consultancies for Connecticut’s Industrial Buildings

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation (CTPH) has announced a new Making Places Grant, intended to catalyze and move forward efforts to preserve, stabilize, rehabilitate and re-use historic industrial places.

Grants are non-matching and will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 up to $50,000.

The CTHP is also offering support in the form of Technical Assistance Consultancies: professionals who may assist applicants with the organization and execution of a variety of projects. 

Eligible Activities include, but are not limited to: advocacy and interpretation, community visioning, preservation planning, archaeological analysis, feasibility studies, master plans, architectural, structural, conditions assessments, zoning analysis, concept design studies, market and demographic analysis, pro formas, applications to EPA, DEEP and DECD for environmental mitigations, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and applications for tax credits for certified historic rehabilitation.

Eligible Applicants: Municipalities and 501(c)(3) non-profit community stakeholders are eligible to apply. Private property owners and developers may apply in partnership with eligible applicants.

Eligible Properties: Any building, structure or complex that was historically used for industry and is, at a minimum, listed or eligible for listing on the State Register of Historic Places.

Grants are awarded competitively and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Completed applications received by the 15th of a month will be reviewed by the grants committee the following month. 

How to Apply:

Please complete and submit the pre-application before completing the final application.  Pre-application Strategic Grants & Technical Assistance Consultancies>>

Applications for Making Places Grants can be found at: MPG Grant Application>>

Application for Technical Assistance Consultancies can be found at: TAC Grant Application>>

For further information, please contact:

Renée Tribert, Project Manager, Making Places

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

940 Whitney Avenue

Hamden, CT  06517

E-mail: rtribert@cttrust.org

Phone: 203-5626312

Making Places Grants are administered by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and funded by the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development, with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut.

Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants (HPTAG)

What is HPTAG: A collaborative historic preservation technical assistance program of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, with funding from the Connecticut General Assembly and the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development.

The purpose of HPTAG: to support efforts that help communities throughout the state plan for the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic places.

Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants (HPTAGs) serve as catalysts to enable communities to move forward with preservation projects.  Grants will be given for direct preservation planning assistance.

Grant Awards: All grants are preservation planning grants.  All grants require a one-to-one cash match.  Matching funds can not come from the State of Connecticut.  Grant awards are between $2,500 and $20,000 with funds reimbursed at the end of the grant, upon approval of the Final Report.

 Direct Preservation Planning Assistance includes:

Feasibility studies for re-use of a historic resource,  condition assessments; plans and specifications for the restoration/rehabilitation of a building,  structural and engineering analyses,  and Historic Structure Reports

HPTAG grant products are to make recommendations that follow Secretary of the Interior Standards.

Eligibility requirements:

Incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organizations or municipalities in the state of Connecticut.
Partnerships between public and private non-profits are encouraged.  Organizations must have the ability to administer the grant, both fiscal and project management.  Preservation/restoration/engineering/other consulting professionals must be part of any grant request.  The cash match must be in place when the grant application is submitted.
Historic resource must be listed, or eligible for listing, on the State Register of Historic Places.

Not Eligible:

Projects from for-profit organizations or institutions, from the State of Connecticut or from individuals without an organizational or institutional base.
Projects for general operating expenses or for purchase of office equipment for the purpose of general operations.
Acquisition money.
Costs, such as refreshments, associated with social events or fundraising events.
Construction related costs.
Projects already underway.

How to Apply:

Please click on the following Word Documents: Pre-Application and Application.

All applicants MUST work with a  Connecticut Circuit Rider or Preservation Services Officer.  Contact Jane Montanaro, Preservation Services Officer at jmontanaro@cttrust.org to discuss your project and arrange for a site visit.

Next Deadline: October 1, 2014

Final Report: All grant recipients are required to file a Final Report at the completion of the project.  The final report form and instructions can be found here.

Vibrant Communities Initiative (VCI)

A Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Municipal Initiative

Funded by the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has grant funds for municipalities to produce Action Plans for underutilized historic places/structures, or for town/city wide preservation plans.  Up to $50,000 in planning funds is available in 2013 for five towns/cities to assist in strategies to revive cultural and/or historic assets in their communities.  2013 grants have already been awarded; a second round will occur in 2014.  A special emphasis will be placed on the reuse of historic assets (buildings, greens, parks) that are a significant component of a city/town's revitalization efforts.  Projects that leverage other municipal, federal or state resources will be given priority in selection.

Process
A Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued by the Connecticut Trust to all interested municipalities.  Prior to the issuance of this RFP, Brad Schide of the Connecticut  Trust is interested in meeting/talking to municipalities which believe they might qualify for the funding.

Selection Criteria for RFP
Municipalities have to demonstrate the need for the funding, define a specific area or historic asset, and, more importantly, show how the proposal, when complete, will complement town/city community development/revitalization objectives.               Proposals must:

• have historic and/or cultural assets included in the proposed project area,
• have a specific plan to include stakeholders from the community in the proposed plan and a description of how the community will be involved in the proposal,
• show regional cooperation with adjacent towns,
• discourage sprawl and focus on revitalizing historic core

Contact: Brad Schide 860-463-0193 or  circuitrider@cttrust.org for more information.

Barns Grant

An historic preservation technical assistance and granting program of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, with funding from the Connecticut General Assembly and private sources.

The purpose of the Barns Grant: to support efforts to preserve the iconic historic barns of Connecticut. The Barns Grant is offered to non-profit (501c3) organizations, municipalities and to private owners of significant barns*.

Grant Awards: The Barns Grants are for conditions assessments, feasibility studies and minor stabilization projects.

• All grants require a cash match, an in-kind match is not allowed.

Priority Considerations:

• Exemplary examples of barn type or era • Projects that fill a demonstrated need and provide a clear benefit to the community • Projects that involve properties eligible for or listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmarks • Location of barn in a public view-shed • Use in agriculture • Projects that serve as a catalyst for further investment.

Eligibility requirements:

• Demonstrated partnerships with community or municipality encouraged • All applicants must have the ability to administer the grant, both fiscal and project management • All buildings need to have a conditions assessment of the building performed • Preservation/restoration/engineering/other consulting professionals must be part of any grant request •  Historic resource must be listed, or eligible for listing, on the State Register of Historic Places.

Criteria– eligible applicants must meet at least 3 of the following:

*Barns over 75 years old  *Located in a prominent public view-shed *Demonstration of Public benefit *Outstanding example of type or era *In active agricultural use *Listed in the local historic survey, State Register of Historic Places and/or National Register of Historic Places *Barn with Scribe Rule framing, evidence of pre-1830 existence *Support from local historical organization and municipalityand support from a local agricultural group.

How to Apply:  Non-profits and municipalities may submit a Pre-Application by January 15, 2014.  If approved,  a Full Application may be submitted by March 1, 2014.

For more information on Barn Grants or other historic barns initiative programs, contact

Jane Montanaro at barns@cttrust.org  or 203-562-6312.

******** NO FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE OWNERS AT THIS TIME. ********

Maintenance & Repair Grants

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting applications for its pilot program offering 1:1 matching grants critical maintenance and repair of historic buildings, sites, and structures

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS*

• Municipalities (for town halls, historical museums, heritage centers, libraries and cemeteries)
• Non-profit Religious Organizations (for houses of worship, sacred places, and cemeteries)

Eligible properties must be listed on the State Register of Historic Places

Maximum Grant Award: $15,000 and projects must be completed within one year.

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is launching a pilot program in the form of 1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 for historic municipally-owned properties and for historic religious properties that are listed on the State Register of Historic Places.  The State Register includes properties that are located in National Register Historic Districts or individually listed on the National Register, as well as properties in Local Historic Districts and those designated as Local Historic Properties.

Grants of up to $15,000 per project are available for critical historic preservation needs:

• Exterior restoration and painting
• Roof repair or replacement
• Window repair or restoration
• Structural sill repair or replacement
• Masonry foundation, wall or chimney re-pointing

Grants must be matched by an equal amount in cash from non-state sources.  All work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR Part 68).

To demonstrate the sustainability of historic properties, applicants will be required to submit a cyclical maintenance plan, condition assessment, restoration plan or stewardship plan that has been prepared or updated within the last five years.

Eligible municipalities and religious organizations who wish to be considered should contact: Jane Montanaro, Preservation Services Officer at jmontanaro@cttrust.org .

How to Apply:

Please complete the following application

Deadlines for Fall 2014:
August 15, 2014 Letter of Inquiry Due ---- October 1, 2014 Full Application Due

*Historical societies and other 501c3 non-profits, refer to The 1772 Foundation's Matching Grants for Historic Preservation.

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