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Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant (HPCG) Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Individuals, and Businesses for Projects
Related to Preservation, Tourism, and Economic Development

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Hillsborough County - Economic Development Department

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05/07/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations, businesses, and commercial property owners to preserve historic sites and foster tourism and economic development in eligible regions. Priority consideration may be given to projects that increase accessibility to a historic property and those that correct the structural or economic viability of a historic property. Eligible projects are those that benefit Hillsborough County.

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. 

For additional information on project requirements, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156784

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants typically range anywhere from $5,000 to $250,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar match.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Construction Projects
- Non-profit 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:

- FY21 application period opens on March 8, 2021
- All signed, completed Application submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021. Paper applications are no longer being accepted.

The County grants are for the reimbursement of approved cash expenses. Reimbursements are made on cash outlays only. The applicant must match the grant funds by a minimum 1:1 ratio. The applicant’s match may not be provided solely through alternative matching funds or other sources. A minimum of 50% of the match to the County grant must be provided by the applicant and must be in the applicant’s cash. In-kind contributions of labor or materials can be used as grantee match (not greater than 25% of the total Project costs.)

Contact Information:

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

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

Hillsborough County
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

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