The funding for this year has been exhausted and the program is now suspended until more funding is allocated during the 2020 legislative session.
To preserve and rehabilitate historic properties in order to further incentivize downtown economic development.
Mark Banschbach was awarded a $100,000 grant to preserve the Speakman House (shown above). Located in Aurora, the Greek Revival residence has 17 rooms stretching across 7,000 square feet. In 1846, Stephen Speakman built the house on the banks of Laughery Creek, overlooking the Ohio River. The property is planned to be a social gathering place to host tours, special events and possibly a bed and breakfast.
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 or non-profit corporation or non-profit organization if the historic property will be used by the nonprofit organization or nonprofit corporation for the organization's or corporation's purposes and functions. The lead applicant must be able to show title/ownership upon grant award and will certify this is available upon application. Properties owned by Local Units of Government are not eligible for this grant program.
The lead applicant must be able to show title/ownership upon grant award and will certify this is available upon application.
The historic property must be:
- Located in Indiana
- 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 or click here 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.
- Determination of Eligibility on National Register (Form 56286)
- Instructions for Application for Certificate of Approval (Form 52889)
Any questions related to the forms above should be directed to (317) 232-1646 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The historic property must be:
- Actively used in a trade or business;
- Held for the production of income;
- Held for the rental or other use in the ordinary course of the person’s trade or business;
- Owned and used by a nonprofit organization or nonprofit corporation for the organization's or corporation's purposes and functions.
Project Eligibility and Ineligibility
The historic property must be:
- Eligible preservation and rehabilitation activites:
- 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 $5,000 and $100,000 will be accepted. All grant requests need to be rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount.
- Eligible requests must be no more than 50% of eligible project costs.
- Local match must be greater than or equal to 50% of total eligible project costs.
- Local match must be provided by the applicant or a third party with documentation provided at time of application.
- Ineligible expenses may be included in the project summary but will not count towards the eligible local match.
- Starting in fiscal year 2020-21, two funding pools will be available for applications: $400,000 will be available to fund projects requesting more than $50,000 and $200,000 will be available to fund projects requesting less than $50,000.
Please 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
The goal of the program is to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties in order to further incentivize downtown economic development.
Applications must include:
- One hard copy with ink signatures
- One digital copy via thumb drive or disc
- 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
Threshold items (application is automatically ineligible without meeting these requirements):
- Applicant must send in one hard copy and one digital copy to OCRA.
- Match is 50% of total eligible project costs.
- Line Item Budget must be complete and all numbers consistent throughout application.
- Proof provided of available local match.
- Property is listed or eligible to be listed on National or State Register of Historic Places by the time of application.
- Only July 2019 HRGP application forms will be accepted.
- HRGP One Pager
- Historic Renovation Grant Program Instructions
- Historic Renovation Grant Program Application (July 2019)
- Direct Deposit Authorization Form
- IRS W9 Form
Forms found on the DNR website:
- DHPA State Form 56286: Determination for Eligibility on National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Places and Structures
- DHPA State Form 52889: Instructions for Application for Certificate of Approval
If you have questions about this program or need other assistance, please contact your OCRA Community Liaison.