We all need a little help from our friends, and when you have an old house, you have friends you may not have known about! This page gives links to sources of money for your important home repairs, including a grant from OHS.
Old House Society Restoration Grant
The Old House Society has a grant program that is designed to help homeowners in their efforts to repair and rehabilitate their historic homes. To be considered, a project must repair or restore a building in a way that will maintain or add to the home’s historic nature. Successful grant recipients will receive a grant worth $500 ($250 in salvage warehouse credit and a $250 check from the Old House Society). Applicants agree that if selected they will allow OHS to document and publicize their renovation project. To download a pdf of the application click here.
Dr. Robert G. Bone Historic Preservation Grant Program, Normal
To be eligible the property must be zoned S-3 which means it either lies within one of the three districts designated historically significant by the town of Normal (Cedar Crest, Highland, Old North Normal), or, it is an individual structure identified by the town of Normal as a local historic landmark. Camelback Bridge; Normal Theater; and a half dozen residential or commercial buildings in the town meet that requirement. Ask the Normal town attorney or the town planner (both at 309/ 454-2444) if you have a question about how your property is zoned.
Limited to exterior work.
The grant matches funds with homeowners up to 50% of the total cost of a project.
The proposed changes must be approved by the Normal Historic Preservation Commission as does the final work.
The grant carries a maximum of 2 grants per fiscal year and a maximum of $5,000 per grant.
Owner has one year from the time the grant is approved to finish the work.
Eugene D. Funk, Jr. Historic Preservation Grant Program, Bloomington
An annual program that focuses on exterior architecture of houses and other structures on the same property as the house. To be eligible, the location must be zoned S-4. Properties that lie within the boundaries of Franklin Park Historic District or the Davis-Jefferson Historic District, both of which are entirely S-4, are eligible. In addition, all other individual properties zoned S-4 are eligible to apply. This includes some individual properties within White Place Historic District, East Grove Street Historic District, North Roosevelt Avenue Historic District, and the Central Bloomington Downtown District and other individual addresses zoned S-4. Ask the city planner if you have a question about how your property is zoned.
The grant reimburses up to 50% of the total cost of the approved project.
A plan of proposed changes must be developed and sent to the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission for approval. This agency also approves the final work.
A maximum of 2 grants per fiscal year with a maximum of $2,500 for each grant.
Covers professional architectural services, materials, and skilled labor.
Owner has one year from the time the grant is approved to finish the project.
Harriet Fuller Rust Facade Grant Program, Bloomington
For improvements to storefronts in downtown Bloomington. Taxable properties are eligible to apply in the area defined by municipal code as the Bloomington Central Business District or within the Tax Increment Financing District (TIF). This area is roughly defined by East, Locust, Madison Streets and, on the south, by Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Because of the irregular boundaries, check with Uniquely Bloomington! to determine if your property is eligible. NOTE that while no funds are available until the next fiscal year in May 2004, application should be made well in advance. Contact Uniquely Bloomington! for information and the application.
Generally, limited to exterior work.
Either a property owner or business owner may apply.
Total repair or restoration costs are reimbursed up to a maximum of 50% of the total cost. (or 25% of roofing work.)
Grant has a maximum of 2 grants per fiscal year with a maximum of $20,000 per project per year.
The project must be evaluated and approved by the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission.
Ineligible changes include interior remodeling; major structural repair; furnishing or other property that is not a part of the real estate.
A non-refundable fee applies.