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Financial Assistance

Grant Programs

Grant programs provide direct assistance to eligible applicants for important local preservation projects. Grants represent public funds so they are used to assist projects with an obvious public benefit. Grants provide a portion of the funding needed for a project and require some amount of local match. Assisted properties must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places to receive federal assistance, or the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures to receive state assistance.

The Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program (HPF) is eligible for local governments, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Tax Credit Programs

Tax credit programs are incentives to encourage private entities to rehabilitate their historic properties. Ordinarily, these properties are used for income-producing purposes; however, certain owner-occupied historic homes may also be eligible. Tax credits do not provide funding to assist with the costs of a rehabilitation project. Instead, they provide an offset of income taxes owed afterward and can be carried forward for a certain number of years until the credits are used up or the claim period runs out.

For owners of commercial properties used in for-profit ventures:
Federal Historic Tax Credit

For owners of historic homes used as their principal residence:
Residential Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

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