Current Funding Opportunities

We can help you fund your project.
We offer grants, mini-grants, loans, and tax credit assistance to property owners and developers seeking to preserve historic assets. Read more below about each of these important programs.

Grants

For the past 8 years, we have partnered with the 1772 Foundation to provide Historic Preservation Grants for private, non-profit organizations. Funding in the form of 1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 will be made available for historic preservation projects. Letters of Inquiry are due December 31, 2018. Click for details of the 2018 announcement. 

Organizations that received a 1772 Foundation grant in June 2018 will find the final report form here.

1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 will be made available for historic religious properties that are listed on the State Register of Historic Places. Pre-applications are due April 1, 2019. Click for details of the 2019 announcement.

In prior years, our grant programs have been supported by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Community Investment Act

Click for recent winners. 

 

Mini-Grants

When historic places are threatened, Circuit Riders can offer mini-grants of up to $2,500 for structural or feasibility assessments. These grants can break logjams or provide second opinions, which helps inform stakeholders’ decisions.

Recent mini-grants were used to help with structural assessments, appraisals, and legal fees in Hamden, Hebron, Lisbon, Mansfield, New Haven, New London, Sharon, Stamford, and Willington.

Loans

A limited amount of funding for construction, pre-construction, or pre-purchase loans – particularly for emergency situations – may be available through a revolving loan fund run by the Connecticut Trust. For example, the Connecticut Trust loaned $150,000 to help save the Reid & Hughes Building in Norwich.

 

Tax Credit Assistance

We partner with developers utilizing Connecticut state historic tax credits. Click here to understand how we can add value to your project.

A transaction may be structured to ensure that the Trust receives the voucher (or accept as a donation) from State Historic Preservation Office (or developer) at the end of the construction period, secures the funding from Eversource in exchange for the voucher, and either lends or grants 100% of the proceeds to the owner/LP/GP/manager, or other such mechanism that your tax counsel requires. In this way, the Trust ensures that the developer receives the full value of federal and state tax credits. 

One of the best funding tools for private developers is the Trust’s tax credit assistance program. Contact me to learn more. Brad Schide

Circuit Rider, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

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