The Historic Renovation Grant Program (HRGP) is a matching grant for exterior rehabilitation of historic properties that are currently or will be used for income-producing purposes or are owned and used by a nonprofit organization or nonprofit corporation for the organization's or corporation's purposes and functions.
The program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) with the assistance of the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA). For more information on the requirements of the program and to download the grant application please visit OCRA’s HRGP website.
DHPA’s Role in the HRGP Program
DHPA's role in the administration of this grant is to verify that the property qualifies for the program as a historic resource and to review all proposed work for compliance with the program requirements. It is important to note that the steps outlined below must be completed with DHPA prior to submitting the grant application to OCRA. It should also be noted that these steps can, and should, be completed prior to the release of the application by OCRA on July 1 each year.
Step 1: Verify that your property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) or the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (State Register)
For the purpose of the HRGP a historic property is considered to be one that is listed in or eligible for listing in the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (State Register). In Indiana all properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) are also listed on the State Register.
The easiest way to verify that your property is listed in the State Register or National Register is to check the Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges and Cemeteries (IHBBC) Map, which can be accessed from the SHAARD Database Page. There is a user guide for both the IHBBC map and the SHAARD database on that page that will help you to navigate the resources. If you have trouble finding your property or determining if it is currently listed in the register, please contact the Tax Credit Reviewer for assistance.
If your property is listed on the State Register and/or National Register, then you can move on to Step 3: Certificate of Approval Application. If your property is not listed then please proceed to Step 2: Requesting a Determination of Eligibility.
Step 2: Request a Determination of Eligibility (if your property is not listed in the State/National Register)
In order for our office to provide a determination of eligibility the Request for Determination of Eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures form must be completed and all required attachments included. Note that for this program, DHPA staff can only make determinations of eligibility for individual properties; there is no process for the DHPA to list districts only on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures.
The DHPA staff holds an internal meeting once a month to review determination of eligibility requests, so it is important that you submit your request as soon as possible to allow time for that review prior to the grant application submission. Any questions regarding the determination of eligibility request form or process should be directed to the National & State Register Reviewer.
Step 3: Certificate of Approval Application
Because the HRGP involves the use of state funds on properties listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures, a Certificate of Approval application must be submitted to DHPA for review under Indiana Code 14-21-1-18. Additional information on this requirement is available on the State Project Review page.
The Certificate of Approval application should be completed in its entirety and color photographs of the subject property showing the current conditions of all areas where work is proposed must be included with the form when it is submitted to DHPA for review. Additional information such as architectural drawings and product information may be needed depending on the scope of work. Any questions regarding the necessary information for a specific project can be directed to the Tax Credit Reviewer.
DHPA staff has 30 days to review the Certificate of Approval application once it is received by our office. If the application is incomplete or requires further information to be submitted a second 30-day review period would start upon the receipt of that information. Please plan ahead to accommodate this review time in your application process for the grant. Due to the nature of this program reviews can be completed by DHPA staff and are not required to go before the Historic Preservation Review Board; therefore applicants do not need to worry about the quarterly deadline for the submission of applications.
It should be noted that all work under this program is required to follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, along with the guidance provided in the Preservation Briefs. These documents are issued by the National Park Service and links are available under the Building Rehabilitation Guidance section of our Review & Compliance Resources.