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Diamonds in the Rough Grant Program

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Property Owners for Building Restorations

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) - State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

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Deadline Date:

05/12/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, local government entities, and private property owners to renovate and restore buildings. Funding is intended to support the rehabilitation and upgrade of important and significant buildings that have deteriorated and changed over the years. The goal of the grant program is to preserve the historic facades of buildings so they may qualify for a local or national historic register designation.


  • The level of preservation of character-defining features.
  • The work plan is well developed and described and the corresponding cost estimates.
  • Demonstrated project readiness and the matching dollar share in-hand commitment.
  • Demonstrated community need for and benefit from the project.


  • Commercial or public buildings in Certified Local Government communities, designated Main Street areas, or local or National Register historic districts.
  • Projects with a well-prioritized, clearly explained work plan with an appropriate level of detail and realistic cost estimates.
  • Projects that will generate dramatic "before-and-after" results.
  • Geographic diversity.
  • Project readiness, including matching dollar share in-hand.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181011

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funds may be awarded for amounts up to $20,000. Due to COVID-19, total grant funding will be determined at the time of the grant awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits, local governments, and private property owners are eligible to apply.

In addition:
- Buildings must have heavily modified primary facades and:
1) Clear evidence that substantial portions of the historic facades are still there, covered by newer materials, or
2) Historic photos or original drawings that provide clear evidence for guiding the restoration/reconstruction. Lower priority will be given to applications that propose work based on speculation or generic designs rather than historical evidence for that specific building.
- Buildings taking advantage of Oregon's Special Assessment of Historic Properties program may qualify if they meet the "heavily modified primary facade" requirement.
- All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties; see

New additions are not eligible for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A free online grant workshop will be held on March 3, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Deadline: May 12, 2021 (11:59 pm)
- Notification: July 1, 2021
- Reporting deadline: April 30, 2022

Grants must be matched 1:1 by the grantee. The match can be in the form of cash, in-kind donations, and volunteer time. Rates for volunteer services may not exceed Oregon's minimum wage, except in those instances in which the volunteer is using their professional skills for the grant-assisted work.

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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Direct questions to:
Kuri Gill, Grants and Outreach Coordinator
(503) 986-0685

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