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Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant (HPCG) Program


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Funding Source
Hillsborough County, Florida
Economic Development Department
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida: Hillsborough County

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/08/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations, businesses, and property owners to preserve historic sites, foster tourism, and promote economic development in eligible locations. Funding is intended to further historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related business development efforts. Projects must fall within one or more of the following categories: rehabilitation or restoration of historic structures, compatible additions to historic properties, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and architectural heritage tourism projects. Eligible projects take place in Hillsborough County.

Project Types:

  1. Rehabilitation/Restoration of Historic Structures, defined as interior and/or exterior preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, or relocation of an existing "historic building" (one that meets National Register listing criteria, either on the National Register of Historic Places and/or locally designated as a "landmark" under County/City Ordinance; a contributing structure within a National Register or Local Historic District; or otherwise may be eligible under National Register criteria). Projects may include the renovation of an existing historic property to meet code requirements, installation of security-related equipment or improvements, or structural stabilization. It may include "mothballing" of structures that without emergency measures may be lost.
  2. Compatible Additions to Historic Properties, defined as additions or alterations to facilitate adaptive reuse, construction of architecturally appropriate kiosks, information facilities or utility structures or security 2 related equipment or improvements, for historic buildings (as described in Project Type 1, see above paragraph). Eligible projects also may include the reconstruction of lost historic resources.
  3. Improvements to Historic Sites or Grounds, defined as restoration/reuse of other nonbuilding historic places, including associated engineering and architectural costs, security-related equipment, or improvements, such as to cemeteries and gardens.
  4. Heritage Tourism Projects, defined as nonbuilding projects that promote existing historic resources, and heritage tourism, such as the development of print or electronic materials/brochures that support the mission; interpretive, promotional, or wayfinding signage; and development of an exhibit or tour. 

For additional information on project requirements, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility: The project must be located in Hillsborough County

For Construction/Rehabilitation Projects: An applicant may be an eligible nonprofit or private individual or entity, but may not be a government or other public body

For Heritage Tourism Projects: An applicant may be an eligible non-profit organization only.

Additional Geographic Information:

Privately-owned residential projects are not eligible.

The applicant’s match may not be provided solely through alternative matching funds or other sources.

For information about funding restrictions, see:

Pre-Application Information
All completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2023.

For a detailed timeline, see:

This grant is a reimbursement program only. A 1:1 match is required.

There is one (1) application cycle per year and only one (1) grant is to be awarded per organization in any grant round.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $250,000

Term of Contract
Priority consideration is given to projects that are ready to proceed and can be completed successfully within a year of the award.

The Grantee must enter into an agreement with the County for the use of grant funds within six (6) months of being awarded the grant by the Board of County Commissioners.

Contact Information
Apply online (from March 14):

Hillsborough County Economic Development Department
County Center, 20th Floor
601 E. Kennedy Boulevard,
Tampa, FL 33602

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