State of Vermont - Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) - Division for Historic Preservation
11/05/18 11:59 PM Electronic Receipt; or 4:30 PM Hand-Delivery
Grants of up to $15,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and individuals to support the adaptive use and repair of historically significant agricultural buildings. Funding is intended to rehabilitate buildings that symbolize the state’s rural landscape. Preservation of these sites not only protects Vermont's agricultural and architectural legacies, but it also generates jobs, supports independent businesses, increases civic participation, and bolsters a community's sense of place while enhancing the experience of visitors.
Since its inception, the program has provided over $3 million towards the preservation of over 360 historic barns and agricultural outbuildings around the State.
Projects to repair and/or restore historic building features are eligible and work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to qualify for funding. This could include:
- Work on a failed structural component, such as the building’s frame, foundation or roof;
- Repairs to damaged or deteriorated components of the historic building, such as windows, doors, and siding; and
- Preservation or restoration of significant historic features of a building, including cupolas, animal stalls or integral agricultural equipment such as a hay fork.
-Awarded projects must demonstrate compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
-Priority will be given to projects that best preserve historic building features.
-Priority will be given to projects that provide the greatest benefit to the public and promote the best long-term use of the property.
-Priority will be given to projects that preserve important examples of historic agricultural building types.
-Priority will be given to projects that involve agricultural buildings in active agricultural use or those that propose to repair a historic agricultural building not in active use for agricultural purposes.
-Priority will be given to applicants who provide a clearly prioritized plan for preservation of their building (or property), a well-planned budget for the project, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term maintenance.
-Priority will be given to applications that are clear, concise, and well-written with attachments that exceed the minimum requirements.
-Geographic distribution may be considered as a factor in project selection.
GrantWatch ID#: 175046
The request cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost or $15,000, whichever is less. For example, if the total project cost is $12,000, the maximum grant available is $6,000.
Recipients of the 2019 State Barn Preservation Grants are expected to complete their projects and submit their final reimbursement requests during 2018. However, the final deadline to complete a 2019 grant project and request reimbursement is December 31, 2020.
Eligible applicants are political subdivisions of the State of Vermont (municipalities), tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
In order to qualify, the buildings must be at least 50 years old and listed in or eligible for 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 from the Division of Historic Preservation by contacting Devin Colman (see contact details below). If funded, properties not already listed will be added to the Vermont Register of Historic Places.
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 loss of grant funding.
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 barnes must still retain their historic character.
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 how 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.
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 2018 grant you are not eligible to apply for a 2019 grant. Applicants are also not eligible for a grant if they have not yet completed work funded by a previous grant.
Applicants may apply for not more than 50% of the total project cost. This is a one-to-one matching grant and the applicant’s matching share must be in-hand at the time the application is submitted. Projects may utilize donated labor and materials, but these cannot be counted towards the match. State funds are not eligible for use as a match, but Federal funds, private foundation grants, and pledges may be used.
Applications must be sent via email by November 5, 2018. The Required Attachments and any supplemental information may be submitted by either email or in hard copy by regular mail, or hand delivery. Any materials submitted in hard copy must be postmarked or delivered by 4:30 PM November 5, 2018.
The Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will review and select grant recipients in February 2019. All applicants will receive written notification of the results after the Advisory Council awards the grants.
This is a reimbursement grant program, which means that if you are awarded a grant, you are responsible for paying for the full amount of the project and the State will reimburse you once the project and required paperwork are completed.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To request a Determination of Eligibility for a currently unlisted site, contact:
Vermont Division of Historic Preservation
Attention: Caitlin Corkins
One National Life Drive
Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-0501