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Grant funds for private property: covenants/restrictions?

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

    Posted 13 days ago
    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 11 days ago
    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 11 days ago
    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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