State Historic Preservation Grants


Nonprofit organizations and local governments are eligible to receive historic preservation funds from the Commonwealth in accordance with the Code of Virginia. The funds are appropriated by the General Assembly for the maintenance of collections and exhibits or for the maintenance and operation of sites and facilities owned by nonprofit historical societies, museums, foundations, associations, or local governments. The majority of these awards are made for the restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings. Organizations interested in seeking historic preservation funds from the General Assembly should know that:
  • Nonstate Grants Application Form. Any nonprofit organization, including historical organizations, can apply for a nonstate grant. For information on obtaining a state grant for nonstate agencies, please click here
  • In addition to the process described above, historical organizations proposing rehabilitation or restoration can also make application through the Department of Historic Resources (DHR) using this application form. In order to read and print the application, Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer (free software). Download Download Acrobat Reader  now.
  • Funds will not be appropriated unless a member of the General Assembly introduces a budget amendment during the session. Organizations seeking grants are responsible for lining up this legislative support. You may want to provide a copy of your completed grant application to your legislators for information about your request.
  • Grant awards require a matching share at least equal to the amount of the grant. Matching shares can be made up of in-kind services, donated goods, and cash from non-state sources. Money spent on the project prior to the grant award cannot be counted toward the matching share requirement.
  • Organizations receiving grants in excess of $10,000 must follow state procurement regulations when procuring construction services or design services for construction.
  • Organizations receiving $50,000 or more under this program within a four-year period for rehabilitation work on a historic resource must donate a perpetual preservation easement  on the resource. The easement is donated to the Commonwealth through the departmentís Board of Historic Resources.
  • Historic buildings eligible for grant assistance are those that are listed in or found eligible for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register. For information about register listings and eligibility, visit the National and State Register section of this site, or contact the DHR regional office  in your area.
  • Properties NOT eligible for the rehabilitation and restoration grants under this program are those owned by private individuals, religious organizations, and private institutions of higher education.
  • Work done under rehabilitation and restoration grants must be consistent with the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for Rehabilitationand plans and specifications for that work must be approved by DHR prior to execution.

If you have additional questions, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions About State Grants section of this site. For further information, contact Ann Andrus,, State Grants Coordinator, Phone: (804) 367-2323; Fax: (804) 367-2391.

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The rehabilitation of the Kurtz Building, in the Winchester Historic District, provided space for local history exhibits, a visitors' center, the offices of Preservation of Historic Winchester, and the offices of an architectural firm. The building will soon become the home of the chamber of commerce.

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