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Historic Renovation Grant Program

For information on the Historic Renovation Grant Program please visit the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs website at https://www.in.gov/ocra/hrgp.htm.

This page is intended to provide guidance for completing the application for the Historic Renovation Grant Program, which is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) is responsible for reviewing these projects under Indiana Code 14-21-1-18 and providing technical, preservation guidance to the applicants. 

Step 1: Determine if your property is listed in the National Register/Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (State Register).

You can use the State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) to check if your property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures. Go to secure.IN.gov/apps/dnr/shaard/welcome.html and follow the steps below.

  1. Click “Enter SHAARD as a guest” in the upper right-hand corner of the page. 
  2. Check the box to accept the terms and conditions, and click continue.
  3. Click on the Survey Type drop down menu, and select National Register.
  4. Select the appropriate County, and enter the name of the City or Town in the box labeled City/Location. Hint: Do NOT fill in all search fields; start with these two only and then add others (such as Legal Township) if you obtain too many results. We do not recommend searching historic name, as the system only searches for exact matches, and variations in how information was entered may result in the system returning no results. Check the search results for your property, when you find it (or the district that it is located in) click “view” to open the record. Please note that properties only listed as part of a historic district will not have individual records in SHAARD. To determine if your property is in a listed district, you must check maps of districts that come up in your search results.
  5. If your property is within a district then you also must make sure that it is a contributing (historic) resource to the listed district. To check if it is contributing or not, go to the “Photos & PDFs” tab and click on the PDF of the district map. If the map is not provided as a separate file, click on the PDF of the nomination, which should include the map. The district map should include a key that will help you determine if your property is a contributing or non-contributing resource within the district.
  6. Click the “Site Assessment” tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page to determine when the property/district was listed on the National/ State Register. 

If your property is listed, please include the name of the listed property or district, the State Register listing date, and the record number for the SHAARD file (this can be found at the top of any page of the record or on the search results page, and it is formatted as NR-****) in the appropriate locations on the LOI and application for the HRGP. If your property is not listed, go to Step 2 for instructions to request a determination of eligibility from our office.

Step 2: If your property is not listed, request a Determination of Eligibility

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, 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.

Allow 30 days for DHPA response to any requests for determinations of eligibility, and plan accordingly so this step may be completed in advance of the deadline date for the LOI. Due to the short timeframe of this program, a complete form and adequate supplemental information (photos, plans, etc.) MUST be provided by the applicant in the original submission.

Certificate of Approval Application

Once OCRA has approved your LOI and indicated that you can proceed, then it would be appropriate for you to prepare a Certificate of Approval application for your project. In addition to the completed application you will need to provide photographs, a map and any architectural plans that are available.

Submission deadlines for upcoming board meetings can be found here.

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