Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP)
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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Vermont local government agencies for the historic preservation of local sites. Funding is intended to support the evaluation, identification, registration, education, planning, and preservation of properties of historical interest located in communities throughout the State.
Vermont established its Certified Local Government (CLG) program to better help local governments integrate historic preservation concerns with planning and decision making processes. Because preservation most often happens at the local level, joining the CLG program is an important and effective way to preserve Vermont's historic places.
All grant projects must include a public information component about the purpose of the project and the value of historic preservation to the local community.
There are six broad project categories within which a CLG may apply for grant funding:
1. Priority I Projects:
- National Register
- Preservation Planning
- Information and Education
2. Priority II Projects:
CLG matching grants can be used to fund a wide variety of local preservation projects, including the following:
- Architectural, historical, archeological surveys, and oral histories that help identify significant and ordinary properties;
- Preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places;
- Research and development of historic context information;
- Staff work for historic preservation commissions, including designation of properties under local landmarks ordinances;
- Writing or amending preservation ordinances;
- Preparation of preservation plans;
- Public information and education activities;
- Publication of historic sites inventories;
- Development and publication of design guidelines;
- Preparation of zoning studies;
- Development and publication of walking/driving tours;
- Development of slide/tape shows, videotapes;
- Training for commission members and staff;
- Development of architectural drawings and specifications;
- Preparation of streetscape, facade studies, or condition assessments; and
- In some years, rehabilitation or restoration of properties individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places or contributing to a National Register historic district.
Priority I Projects:
- Survey projects must conform to the Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey or Vermont Archaeological Inventory, as appropriate. The survey identifies those buildings, structures, sites, complexes and districts that are significant in Vermont's history. Depending upon the extent of survey required in the community, it may be advisable to phase the survey over more than one year.
- National Register projects, to be most cost-effective, should be for historic districts and/or multiple property nominations identified by the CLG commission, along with the VDHP, as being eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A “historic district” possesses a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development. A “multiple property listing” is a cover document that serves as the basis for evaluating the National Register eligibility of related properties. Individual properties can also be nominated.
- Preservation Planning must be in cooperation with the Vermont Historic Preservation Plan, the statewide preservation planning process. Through the survey and National Register process, a community can identify and evaluate its significant properties and establish goals and priorities for their continued use and protection. This information should be integrated into the community's land planning documents and conservation efforts.
- Information and Education projects inform the general public about the value of historic preservation. Every CLG grant project must contain a public information and education component. But a CLG may apply for a grant to do only a public information and education project. The CLG can sponsor programs, brochures or a newspaper series. For instance, special events in May for Preservation Month or in September for Vermont Archaeology Month, can be eligible for funding. Training CLG commission members and staff of the municipality working with the commission are eligible for funding.
- Pre-Development projects plan for the work necessary to carry out construction work. Architectural plans and specifications, historic structures reports, engineering studies, archaeological testing and feasibility studies are types of pre-development work. (A historic structures report analyzes the property, establishes preservation priorities and a schedule to accomplish them).
To be eligible to apply for a CLG grant for a pre-development project, the project must be for a property - or properties - listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible by the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and will be nominated before or as part of the pre-development project. The project work must provide information necessary to carry out a development project that will meet "The Secretary's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties." The level of information produced by the proposed pre-development project should be determined by the needs of the property. Nevertheless, the products produced by the pre-development grant project must clearly be consistent with the Standards.
Priority II Projects:
Funding is awarded to Priority II projects only after all eligible Priority I projects have been funded and if there is still grant money available to award.
Development projects are actual "bricks and mortar" construction work. To be eligible to apply for a CLG grant for a development project:
1. The project must be for a property that is listed in the National Register.
2. The property must be owned by the municipality.
3. The property must be open to the public.
4. The property must be accessible to the handicapped.
5. The project must conform to local and regional plans.
6. The project work must be for stabilization or restoration work which contributes to preserving the historic qualities and architectural features of the property which make it eligible for the National Register. New additions, code improvements, utility systems work, and most routine maintenance are ineligible for funding.
7. The project work must meet "The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties."
8. Most development project work will require architectural plans and specifications. The cost of architectural plans and specifications and on-site architectural supervision is an allowable cost for a development grant project.
9. The CLG, in its Grant Agreement with the VDHP for a development project grant, will agree to "...assume the cost of continued maintenance and repair of the property so as to preserve the architectural, historical, or archaeological integrity of the property for 5 years in order to protect those qualities that made the property eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places." All costs must directly relate to the accomplishment of the approved project. In general, the types of costs which are allowable include:
- Advertising for consultants,
- Communications such as telephone and postage,
- Project consultants' fees,
- Materials and supplies consumed by the project,
- Mileage, personnel costs (including wages and fringe benefits),
- Printing and reproduction.
Any other costs are unallowable, unless specifically approved in writing by the VDHP.
GrantWatch ID#: 143861
These grants are typically for projects in the $5,000 - $10,000 range.
Grant Period: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
One National Life Drive
Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-0501
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