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Grant funds for private property: covenants/restrictions?

  • 1.  Grant funds for private property: covenants/restrictions?

    Posted 06-12-2019 12:47
    For anyone involved in administering public funds or grant funds for rehabilitation of private property:
    1. What covenants/restrictions do you require the owner to accept when grant funds are committed for rehabilitation projects? Is there a sliding scale? Ex. 10-year preservation covenant for $X
    2. Have you experienced negative PR for such projects and how did you overcome it?

    Thank you for your help!
    Jenny

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    Jenny Wolfe
    Historic Preservation Officer
    City of St. Augustine
    St. Augustine FL
    (904)825-1060
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  • 2.  RE: Grant funds for private property: covenants/restrictions?

    Posted 06-14-2019 09:11
    The Colorado State Historical Fund has one of the best grant programs in the nation.  Go to there website and look for their grant manual.  They have a list of covenants and easements and when they kick in.  They also have a thorough description of what has to be done to meet the grant requirements, such as utilizing the NPS Preservation Briefs and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.

    https://www.historycolorado.org/shf-grant-app-manual

    Hope this helps.

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    Barbara Darden
    Managing Member
    Scheuber Darden Architects
    Parker CO
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  • 3.  RE: Grant funds for private property: covenants/restrictions?

    Posted 06-14-2019 15:56
    Hi Jenny,

    I am aware of several programs that do have covenants/easements as a condition of grant funding. While some of these are likely awarded to nonprofits or governments, I think the programs might provide some insight into how to structure such a program to answer your first question. You might be able to look at these grant programs and/or reach out to their staff directly for more insight.

    Here's a sample of programs to start. This list is by no means comprehensive, but just a few I'm aware of off the top of my head.

    Save America's Treasures/National Park Service
    https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/sat/

    Maryland's Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program/Maryland Historical Trust
    https://mht.maryland.gov/grants_capital.shtml

    Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund/NJ Historic Trust
    https://www.njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/index.html

    According to their website, the DC Historic Homeowner Grant Program does require a 5-year covenant as a condition of grant funding.
    https://planning.dc.gov/service/historic-homeowner-grant-program
    https://planning.dc.gov/publication/homeowner-grant-program-frequently-asked-questions-faqs

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    Raina Regan
    Senior Manager of Easements
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Washington, DC
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