As released by the Historic Harrisburg Association:


Historic Harrisburg re-launches Community Historic Preservation Fund with public project grant opportunities

The Historic Harrisburg Association has announced grant opportunities to organizations which are exploring or conducting projects that promote and accomplish the preservation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landmarks. The grants are distributed by Historic Harrisburg’s Community Historic Preservation Fund. The Historic Harrisburg Association established the Community Historic Preservation Fund (CHPF) in 1996 as a permanent endowment to be used for preserving and restoring historic structures, and working to sustain vital projects in the City of Harrisburg. Through the CHPF, Historic Harrisburg has historically awarded matching cash grants for worthy preservation projects.

The program has been retooled to focus on projects within the public realm including monuments, parks, churches, public access spaces, and streetscapes. Standard historic preservation projects of buildings also qualify.

“We are excited to announce and re-launch the Community Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program this year, especially at a time when City organizations are looking to do more with less,” said Executive Director John Campbell.

 Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Only one application per entity is allowed per grant cycle. Submission of more than one application from the same entity will disqualify all applications from review.

• Eligible projects are projects in the public realm including publicly owned structures or amenities, or those owned by non-profit organizations including churches, which are open to the general public.

• Project must promote and accomplish the preservation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landmarks; maintain the historic authenticity of the structure and address any necessary structural integrity issues involved; contribute to the overall character of the neighborhood; comply with all applicable zoning ordinances; and be approved by the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) if applicable.

• Grantees must sign a publicity release and allow the Community Historic Preservation Fund/Historic Harrisburg to use the subject structure and organization in promotional materials.

•A Community Historic Preservation Fund/Historic Harrisburg sign, which will be provided, must be displayed for the duration of the project in a location approved by the trustees in order for any grant monies to be released.

• Project must be completed within 12 months of grant approval. Deadline extensions will be considered on a case by case basis.

• Project must be documented with a photograph and letter confirming that the project has been completed.

• Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount dollar-for-dollar.

CHPF anticipates awarding a total of $4,000 per year, possibly divided among more than one grant award. Awards will typically range from $500 to $3000.

Grant applications are online at or or obtained by calling Historic Harrisburg at 717-233-4646.

Applications much be received by 4:00 PM on April 30, 2014 to be considered. Awards will be announced by May 15, 2014 and awarded during Historic Harrisburg’s Preservation Awards Ceremony on May 29, 2014.

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