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Historic Preservation Fund FY2023 Grant Applications

Deadline is Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

The Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) announces that Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant application packets for FY 2023 are available by clicking the HPF link below.

There are three categories of projects: Architectural & Historical, Archaeological, and Acquisition & Development (rehabilitation). Please download the appropriate application packet and carefully read all instructions. Projects cannot begin until June 1, 2023, and must be completed by June 30, 2025.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the DHPA grant staff: Malia Vanaman at 317-232-1648 or mvanaman@dnr.IN.gov; or Steve Kennedy at 317-232-6981 or skennedy@dnr.IN.gov to discuss potential projects and confirm eligibility of the applicant, activity, and property.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at 5 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline; all proposals must be received at the DHPA by the deadline.

L to R:  The Landing Historic District in Fort Wayne, Allen Co.; Georgetown State Bank, Floyd Co.; a home in the Brady Street Historic District in Attica, Fountain Co.

Grant programs provide direct assistance to certain types of eligible applicants for important local preservation projects. Because grants represent public funds, they are used to assist projects that have an obvious public benefit. Grants provide a portion of the funding needed to undertake an eligible project and require some amount of local match. These programs require that assisted properties 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.

For local governments, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations:
Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program (HPF)

For owners of commercial properties used in for-profit and not-for-profit ventures:
Historic Renovation Grant Program (HRGP)

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:
Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit (RITC)

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

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