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Vermont Barn Preservation Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Individuals, and
Municipalities to Preserve Historic Agricultural Structures

GrantWatch ID#: 175046
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Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development - Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP)

11/07/16 11:59 PM Electronic Receipt; or 4:30 PM Hand-Delivery

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Vermont nonprofits organizations, municipalities, and individuals for the preservation of historically significant agricultural buildings. The purpose of the grant is to rehabilitate buildings that serve as a symbol of Vermont’s historic rural landscape.


Up to $15,000

Recipients of 2017 State Barn Preservation Grants are expected to complete their projects and submit their final reimbursement request during 2017. However, the final deadline to complete a 2017 grant project and request reimbursement is December 31, 2018.

Eligible applicants are political subdivisions of the State of Vermont (municipalities) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, and individuals.

Properties must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. To determine whether a building that is not currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places is eligible for listing, you may request a Determination of Eligibility form from the Division for Historic Preservation by contacting Caitlin Corkins at 802-828-3047.


- Funding is not available for rehabilitation work that is complete or begins before the time of application. Starting work on a project before a fully-signed grant agreement is in place may result in the grant being rescinded.

- This is a reimbursement grant program, which means that the grant recipient is responsible for paying for the full amount of the project. The state will then reimburse the grant recipient once all the required paperwork is complete and accepted by the Division for Historic Preservation.

- Ineligible projects include those that involve new construction, additions, electrical, plumbing or heating, and code improvement projects. Barns need not be in active agricultural use to qualify, however, adaptively re-used barns must still retain their historic character. Projects that propose to preserve existing historic features or restore documented, missing historic features with similar historic materials are given greater priority than projects that use non-historic materials or obscure historic features.

- Planning projects are generally not eligible for funding. In cases where a small amount of planning is necessary for the success of a project, planning costs may be eligible for funding, but only as a part of the entire project. The owner must share these costs.

- In-town carriage barns built and/or used as garages are not considered agricultural buildings and are NOT eligible for this program.

- Funding to re-erect dismantled barns may be awarded in some circumstances. Consideration will be given to the manner in which the barn was disassembled, including the level of documentation. Typically, projects that propose to move a barn will not be funded. If a barn has been moved, or must be moved to ensure its preservation, contact the Division for Historic Preservation.

- The Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation reviews all grant applications and scores each application using the nine Criteria outlined in this manual. Projects that propose to preserve existing historic features or to restore documented, missing historic features with similar historic materials are given much greater priority than projects that use non-historic materials.

- Applicants who receive a Barn Preservation Grant are ineligible to receive a second grant in the year immediately following the award of the first grant. If you received a 2016 grant, you are not eligible to apply for a 2017 grant. Except in unusual circumstances, applicants will not be eligible for a grant if they have not yet completed work funded by a previous grant.

These competitive grants are awarded on a 50/50 matching basis.

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Applications are due by midnight via email. Hard copy materials must be received in the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation office by 4:30 PM.

Applicants are advised to read the entire manual before completing the application. This is a highly competitive program and only about 30% of the applications submitted receive funding.

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

Grant applications must be submitted by midnight via email to by November 7, 2016.

Any materials submitted in hard copy must be postmarked or delivered to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP) office by 4:30:
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
Attention: Caitlin Corkins
One National Life Drive
Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-0501

Direct questions to:
Caitlin Corkins, Tax Credits & Grants Coordinator

Debra Sayers, Administrative Services Coordinator

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