Historic Renovation Grant Program (HRGP)


Purpose

To preserve and rehabilitate historic properties in order to further incentivize downtown economic development.

2017 HRGP Awards

October 27, 2017

Lt. Governor Crouch Awards 7 Properties with Historic Renovation Grant Program Funding

Indianapolis – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced today the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) awarded 7 properties funding through the Historic Renovation Grant Program (HRGP).

The 7 properties located throughout Indiana will receive grant funds ranging from $10,703 to $100,000 to be used on exterior renovations and repairs. Such renovations include roof replacement, masonry restoration, repair and replacement of windows, façade renovation, painting, storefront upgrades and rear entry improvements. The 7 privately owned properties are located in the following communities: Batesville, Brookville, Greendale, Lebanon, Liberty, Madison and Paoli.

“Maintaining Indiana’s historic fabric and character is vital to growing the state’s economy and attracting talent to our rural areas.” said Lt. Governor Crouch. “Preservation efforts such as the Historic Renovation Grant Program can ensure a future for vacant and neglected commercial properties that might otherwise be lost.”

The Historic Renovation Grant Program, in its second year, is a comprehensive grant program designed to incentivize downtown economic development and the preservation of historic structures. Grant funding for the program, to be administered by OCRA, was approved by the Indiana General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session. Applications for the HRGP, formerly known as the Historic Tax Credit Program, were also reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) to ensure that they met the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

“Historic preservation is a fundamental tool for strengthening Indiana communities” said OCRA Executive Director Jodi Golden.  “It has proven to be an effective tool for not only economic development, but also small business incubation, affordable housing, sustainable development and downtown revitalization. OCRA’s Historic Renovation Grant Program is a value-added tool for economic growth and development”

 

Applicants located within an Indiana Main Street or non-entitlement community had the opportunity to apply for project funding between $10,000 and $100,000 at a maximum request of 35% of the total eligible project cost. Eligible applicants included: individual, partnership, firm, association, joint venture, limited liability company, corporation or non-profit affordable housing organization.


Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for HRGP assistance, projects must meet certain minimum program requirements.  Those requirements are as follows:

  • The lead applicant must be any individual, partnership, firm, association, joint venture, limited liability company, or corporation. A Non-profit facilitating affordable housing organizations are also eligible as lead applicants.  The lead applicant must be able to show title/ownership upon grant award and will certify this is available upon application.

Property Eligibility

  • The historic property must be:
    • Located in Indiana within either:
      • A designated Stellar Community
      • A designated Indiana Main Street district in the city or town
      • A non-entitlement community in accordance with HUD listing (see HUD listing)
  • At least fifty (50) years old; AND
  • Listed or eligible for listing at the time of application in the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (State Register); note that all properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places are also listed in the State Register.
  • If applicant is unsure if property is listed or eligible for listing in the State Register go to https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/shaard/welcome.html for instructions on how to find State Register listing status and information, if applicable, or how to obtain a Determination of Eligibility from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA).  Please note that Determinations of Eligibility will only be issued for individual sites; there is no provision for determinations of eligibility for historic districts for the State Register. Eligibility form can be found here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/2829.htm. Additionally, a current determination of eligibility does not insure listing a property on the State Register at a later date.
  • The historic property must be:
    • Actively used in a trade or business;
    • Held for the production of income;

OR

  • Held for the rental or other use in the ordinary course of the person’s trade or business

Project Eligibility and Ineligibility

  • Eligible preservation and rehabilitation activities:
    • Are limited to the exterior. Please note that while interior rehabilitation activities are not funded or reviewed as part of this program, any work done on the interior of the building, whether part of the scope of work for this project or not, can affect eligibility for listing in the State Register after project completion.
    • Include measures to sustain the form, integrity, and material of a building or structure.  This includes the stabilization work and maintenance of historic building materials.
    • For example (this is not an all inclusive listing):
      • Windows, doors, and historic entryways;
      • Brick rehabilitation and tuckpointing,
      • Roof replacement and rehabilitation
      • Exterior foundation rehabilitation
      • Rehabilitation of exterior architectural characteristics

 

  • Ineligible activities include:
    • Property acquisition
    • Payment of taxes
    • Enlarging or expanding existing structures
    • Real estate fees
    • Paving and landscaping costs
    • Sales and marketing costs
    • Any construction started or completed prior to grant award
    • Interior renovations
    • Equipment purchases
    • Increase value with intent to sell

Funding and Distribution

• Grant requests between $10,000 and $100,000 will be accepted
• Eligible requests must be no more than 35% of eligible project costs
• Local match must be greater than or equal to 65% of total eligible project costs
• Local match must be provided by the applicant or a third party with documentation provided at time of LOI and also included in application
• Ineligible expenses may be included in the project summary but will not count towards the eligible local match

​​NOTE: The grant award is considered taxable income in the year that it is used.  Awardees should consult with their legal counsel or accountant for more information.

Program and Submission Guidelines

Letters of Intent (LOIs) and Applications must include:

• Four hard copies: 1 with ink signatures and 3 copies
• 1 Digital copy via thumb drive or disc
• Letters of Intent and Applications must be submitted in the office or by mail to:

 Office of Community and Rural Affairs
 One North Capitol
 Suite 600
 Indianapolis, IN 46204
 
These must be received in the office by 4 pm EDT.  LOIs are due on June 30, 2017.  Applications are due August 18, 2017.

Scoring Criteria for HRGP Application (300 points)

  • Rubric Favorable Points
    • Project oversight or involvement from an individual or organization with experience understanding and implementing Secretary of Interior (SOI) standards. (Scope of Work). (50 points)
    • Part of Prior Planning-Project includes prior planning and has been identified as part of the community’s long term goals.  Should include documentation from adopted plan or meeting minutes. (50 points)
    • Public benefit of the property – important symbol or landmark of community. (50 points)
    • Reasonable Budget-Budget includes proper estimates from organization or company that breaks out the type of materials and scope of work.  Costs are within reason and feasible. (50 points)
    • Reasonable Timeline-Timeline is a part of the scope or provided by organization or company that will complete work and is reasonable and feasible and remains within the given timeline. (50 points)
  • Priority of Funding (income-producing) (25ponts)
  1. Building is currently income producing
  2. Building is vacant with firm plan for future use with confirmed tenants after rehab work is completed
  3. Building is vacant with plan for future use but no confirmed tenants after rehab work is completed
    • Priority of Funding (National / State Register Listing) (25 points)
      1. Listed on the National Register as an individual property
      2. Listed on the National Register as a contributing structure as part of a Historic District
      3. Listed on the State Register as an individual property
      4. Listed on the State Register as a contributing structure as part of a Historic District
      5. Eligible to be listed (per DHPA)

 

  • Threshold items (application is automatically ineligible without meeting these requirements)
    1. Applicant must send in 4 hard copies and one digital copy by published deadline.
    2. Match is 65% of total eligible project costs.
    3. Property is in an Indiana Main Street District or non-entitlement community.
    4. Proof provided of available local match.
    5. Property is listed or eligible to be listed on National or State Register of Historic Places by the time of application.

Resources

Historic Renovation Grant Program Instructions

Historic Renovation Grant Program Letter of Intent

Historic Renovation Grant Program Application

Historic Renovation Grant Program DHPA State Form 56286 Determination for Eligibility on National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Places and Structures

Historic Renovation Grant Program DHPA State Form 52889 Instructions for Application for Certificate of Approval

Direct Deposit Authorization Form

IRS W9 Form

If you have questions about this program or need other assistance, please contact your OCRA Community Liaison.