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Louisiana Main Street Restoration Grant

Grants to Louisiana Owners and Tenants of Commercial
Properties in Eligible Areas for Restoration and Renovation

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Louisiana Office of Cultural Development (LOCD) - Division of Historic Preservation

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Louisiana owners and tenants of commercial properties in eligible areas for restoration and construction costs in renovating and preserving historic buildings. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying to confirm eligibility. Properties within Louisiana Main Street districts are eligible.

What is Funded:

  • Exterior: The scope of work must directly contribute physically (visually and with regard to historic preservation) and economically to the revitalization of the Main Street district while preserving and respecting the historic architectural character of the building, district, and architectural heritage of the community.
  • Interior: Improvements are restricted to exposing, restoring or replicating original interior architectural features. The grant can also be used to offset costs of installing or repairing a fire suppression system for either a commercial ground floor space or a new (first-time) upper story income-producing residential development in a historically commercial building.
  • Parapet Lighting: Commercial grade white or color LED lighting to outline a series of building parapets is a lighting initiative intended to create a nightly, year-round festive atmosphere in Main Street districts. Buildings must be adjoining and must include at least one block.
    • Applications require a minimum five-year maintenance commitment plan.
    • If the city oversees the purchase, installation, and maintenance of the lights, the local Main Street program may apply in conjunction with the city, and installation costs incurred by the city may apply toward the required match.
    • Installation must be of professional standard, and secure for longevity of use and to minimize damage and maintenance issues.
  • Signage: Restoration of historically significant/landmark signage or the restoration or replication of historic theater marquees is eligible. (New commercial signage is not supported by this grant.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197440

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards may range from $2,500 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

All work associated with the project scope must be underway no later than 60 days of signing the grant agreement.

Grant-funded project work must be completed by Saturday, April 30, 2022 in order to receive grant payment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who may apply:

Property owners or tenants of commercially-zoned properties located within designated Louisiana Main Street districts as of December 31 of the calendar year preceding the application deadline.
- Tenants must obtain the property owner’s consent signature on the grant application.
- If the applicant is a corporation, the grant application must be accompanied by a resolution from the corporation’s board of directors authorizing the applicant’s signature on behalf of the corporation.
- If the applicant is a co-owner of the property, the grant application must be accompanied by a statement authorizing the applicant to act on behalf of all co-owners. The statement must be signed by all co-owners.

Buildings must be at least 50 years old and must contribute to the significance of the local Main Street district. Buildings less than 50 years old may be eligible if they meet National Register criteria for exceptional significance as an integral part of a historic district that is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The local Main Street director will assist the applicant in determining if the building meets this eligibility requirement. Louisiana Main Street will make the final determination based on the support documentation submitted with the application.

For a list of projects ineligible for funding, see page 4 of the guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be submitted online to Louisiana Main Street no later than Friday, July 30, 2021.

Grant recipients should receive notification by early-September 2021.

Contact the local Main Street director to:
- Determine if the building was located within the boundaries of the Main Street district as of December 31 of the calendar year preceding the grant application deadline.
- Determine if the project requires review and a Certificate of Appropriateness from the local historic district commission.
- Determine the procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness from the historic district commission
- Determine historic district commission meeting dates
- Request a map of the Main Street district with the district’s borders and the location of the property marked.
- Make arrangements for a design consultation with the Louisiana Main Street Design Coordinator.

This grant requires a dollar-for-dollar monetary match toward hard costs. Owner or tenant contributions of design work, or other sweat equity, equipment, etc. are regarded as in-kind and are not considered as matching funds for the purpose of this grant.

This is a reimbursement grant.

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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