Grants for Historical Properties

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Historical Properties:  Resource for Information and Funding

There are many grants and sources of funds to help ease the impact of the improvement costs of historical buildings and homes.  The funds available to owners of historical properties vary both nationally and locally. Nationally the most common is the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive which entitles those qualified a 20% tax break. However, to obtain the credit, the property does have to be used commercially for at least 5 years; usually as a rental or an apartment, in some cases use as an office may be sufficient. Local grants, loans and state tax incentives are not always available. To find what locally based programs there are contact your local government agencies such as the Historic Development Commission, Department of Planning and Economic Development, Housing and Redevelopment, and State Historic Preservation Office. When they are available the funds may come with certain restrictions or requirements. For example, some funds are only available to non-profit organizations or a grant may be offered that requires owners to share property with the public through tours or other educational outreach programs.   The following is a list by state of resources to begin your search: 

AL Historical Commission
468 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0900
(334) 242-3184

Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
550 W 7th Avenue, Suite 1310
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3565
(907) 269-8721

Office of Historic Preservation
Arizona State Parks
1300 W. Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 542-4174

Department of Arkansas Heritage
323 Center Street, Suite 1500
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 324-9162

Office of Historic Preservation
Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, California 94296-0001
(916) 653-9125

Colorado History Museum
1300 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80203-2137
(303) 866-3395 Information:

Connecticut Historical Commission
59 South Prospect Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 566-3005
Information:  or more information at

Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
21 The Green, Suite B
Dover, Delaware 19901
(302) 739-5313

District of Columbia
DC Office of Planning, Historic Pres. Division
801 North Capitol Street, N.E.
3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 442-8850

Division of Historical Resources
R.A. Gray Building
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250
(850) 245-6300

Department of Natural Resources
156 Trinity Avenue, SW
Suite 101
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3600
(404) 651-5061

Department of Land and Natural Resources
601 Kamokila Boulevard
Room 555
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

State Historic Preservation Office
210 Main Street
Boise, Idaho 83702-7264

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Preservation Services Division
One Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1512
(217) 785-9045

Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington Street, Rm W274
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 232-4020  or

State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0290
(515) 281-8741

Kansas State Historical Society
Cultural Resources Division
6425 Southwest 6th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66615-1099
(785) 272-8681 Information: and

Kentucky Heritage Council
300 Washington Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-7005

Division of Historic Preservation
Office of Cultural Development
P.O. Box 44247
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
(225) 342-8160

55 Capitol Street, State House Station 65
Augusta, Maine 04333-0065
(207) 287-2132 / Fax (207) 287-2335

Division of Historical and Cultural Programs
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023
(410) 514-7600 or 1-800-756-0119

Massachusetts Historical Commission
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3314
(617) 727-8470

State Historic Preservation Office
P.O. Box 30740
702 West Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8240
(517) 373-1630

Historic Preservation, Field Services and Grants Department
Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
(651) 296-5434

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
200 North Street
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 576-6850
Historic Preservation Division: and

Department of Natural Resources
P. O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-7858

The Montana Historical Society
225 N. Roberts
P.O. Box 201201
Helena, MT 59620-120
(406) 444-7715

Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501
(402) 471-4746
Information:  and

Department of Cultural Affairs
100 North Stewart Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4285
(775) 684-3440

New Hampshire
Division of Historical Resources
P.O. Box 2043
Concord, New Hampshire 03302-2043
(603) 271-6435

New Jersey
NJ Department Parks & Forestry
P.O. Box 304
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0404
(609) 292-2885

New Mexico
Office of Cultural Affairs
Villa Rivera Building, 3rd Floor
228 E. Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503
(505) 827-6320

New York
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Pres.
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 1, 20th Floor
Albany, New York 12238
(518) 474-0443

North Carolina
Department of Cultural Resources
Division of Archives and History
4617 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4617
(919) 733-7305

North Dakota
State Historical Society of North Dakota
ND Heritage Center
612 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0830
(701) 328-2666

Ohio Historic Preservation Office
Ohio Historical Society
567 E. Hudson Street
Columbus, Ohio 43211-1030
(614) 298-2000

Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-2491

Heritage Programs Division
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer Street, Suite C
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 986-0677

Bureau for Historic Preservation
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 2nd floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0093
(717) 787-2891

Rhode Island
Hist. Preservation and Heritage Commission
Old State House
150 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 222-2678

South Carolina
Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29223-4905
(803) 896-6168

South Dakota
South Dakota State Historical Society
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2217
(605) 773-3458

Department of Environment and Conservation
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0442
(615) 532-0109

Texas Historical Commission
P.O. Box 12276
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-2276
(512) 463-6100

Utah State Historical Society
300 Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801) 533-3500

Agency of Commerce & Community Dev.
VT Division for Hist. Preservation
National Life Bldg., Drawer 20
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-0501
(802) 828-3056

Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23221
(804) 367-2323

Office of Archeology & Historic Preservation
1063 S Capitol Way Suite 106
P.O. Box 48343
Olympia, Washington 98504-8343

West Virginia
Division of Culture and History
1900 Kanawha Boulevard E.
Capitol Complex
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
(304) 558-0220

Wisconsin State Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1482
(608) 264-6500

Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office
Dept. of State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 3rd floor
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
(307) 777-7697


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Harry F. D'Elia
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Thanks for providing this information for us today

Jul 13, 2010 03:16 AM #1
Lisa Orme
The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY - Windsor, CT
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Thanks for a great resource idea!  I'm sure I will use this info, as we have A LOT of historic homes here in Windsor, CT (Connecticut's oldest town!)

Jul 13, 2010 03:34 AM #2
Susan Laxson CRS
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Wanda, great list and resource!  I would recommend that you make the post open to the public, instead of just to members with a limited audience.  ~ Susan

Jul 13, 2010 03:38 AM #3
Wanda Phillips
Success Investment Realty - Altamonte Springs, FL

Thanks, I would make it public, but that option wasn't available to me.  I think I need to upgrade my account. (?)

Jul 13, 2010 08:32 AM #4

The address and website for the Oklahoma Historical Society has changed. The correct contact is:

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

(405) 521-2491


Thank you!

Jul 22, 2010 03:05 AM #5
Wanda Phillips
Success Investment Realty - Altamonte Springs, FL

Thanks so much for the correction!

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