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Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant (HPCG) Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Individuals, and Businesses in Eligible
Regions for Preservation, Tourism, and Economic Development

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Hillsborough County - Economic Development Department

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05/29/20 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations, businesses, and commercial property owners in eligible regions for conservation, tourism, and economic development. Funding is intended for projects that take place in non-residential buildings. Projects may involve rehabilitation or restoration of historic structures, compatible additions to historic structures, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and architectural heritage tourism projects. The project must be located in Hillsborough County.

The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program was created to promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related business and economic development within both incorporated and unincorporated Hillsborough County. 

With limited funding, grant funding recommendations largely favor those project activities that correct conditions that threaten the structural and/or economic viability of a designated or contributing historic property, such as sealing the envelope of the building (roof, window, masonry projects); and addressing adaptive reuse. Projects enhancing public access to a designated or contributing historic property, involving Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) components, may receive priority consideration.

Projects eligible for funding must fall within one or more of the following four 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 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 non-building 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156784

Estimated Size of Grant:

Available grant funds are not to exceed an award of more than $250,000 per applicant, per project in any County budget year.

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within a 12-month time period, unless otherwise specified.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- The project must be located in Hillsborough County
- An applicant may be an eligible nonprofit or private individual or entity, but may not be a government or other public body
- Privately-owned residential projects are not eligible
- This grant is a reimbursement program only
- The County will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of the project, up to $250,000
- The applicant’s match may not be provided solely through alternative matching funds or other sources
- Reimbursements are made on cash outlays only

The following entities are eligible to receive Historic Preservation Challenge Grants:

Construction Projects
- Nonprofit organizations, including those that are support organizations with the singular mission of preserving and restoring governmental properties
- Private corporations and businesses
- Commercial property owners

Heritage Tourism Projects
- Non-profit organizations only

An Applicant may not be a Federal, state, or local government, or other public body, agency, department, instrumentality, political subdivision, municipality or district thereof. For properties owned by a public body or entity, a nonprofit organization established to support the ongoing maintenance or other fundraising endeavors related to the preservation of the significant historic asset may be considered.

The HPCG Program will not fund the following:
- Proposals that do not fit the project categories or meet general eligibility requirements
- Deficiencies in previous completed projects
- Loans, fines, penalties, cost of litigation or associated interest payments
- Scholarships, internships, grant administration fees or purchase of awards
- Programs/sites not open to the public or not accessible to the physically challenged
- Projects at schools, colleges, or universities that serve solely students and faculty, with no community involvement/access.
- Fundraising activities/events or political contributions
- Church/religious properties (HPCG awards may be requested, but awards are limited to exterior work to seal or stabilize the historic structure)
- Costs of administration, property acquisition or operating expenses (Administration and project management expenses may be used as the Grantee’s match)
- Private homes/residences

Pre-Application Information:

All signed, completed Application submissions must be received by 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 29, 2020.

Grant payments are made on a cash reimbursement basis and the 1:1 match is required.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications via:

Hillsborough County
Attn: Rebecca Hessinger
Economic Development Department
P.O. Box 1110
Tampa, FL 33601

601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, 20th Floor

For questions, contact:
Rebecca Hessinger
Economic Development Department
(813) 272-5909

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