PLEASE NOTE: In response to the county's budget situation, the County Council approved a recommendation from the County Executive to reduce funding for the historic preservation commission. As a result of this reduction, the historic preservation grant program was not funded for FY11. No funding is expected to be included in the FY12 budget. We hope that funding will be restored for this program in the future when the county's budget allows.
The Historic Preservation Grant Fund provides small grants to non-profit groups or municipalities in Montgomery County, which must be matched dollar-for-dollar with either cash or in-kind contributions. The types of projects that the HPC will consider funding include, but are not limited to, development and installation of historic district and historic resource signs; walking tours; handbooks, design guidelines and/or brochures related to historic districts or individual historic resources; history /historic site brochures or books; feasibility studies for restoration or preservation of buildings, sites, and historical artifacts owned or under the custody of non-profit groups; and public education projects such as historical and archeological surveys, slide/tape shows, lectures, videos, workshops, web site design, oral history taping/transcriptions, photographic displays or other types of exhibits pertaining to local history. Be creative!
Due to budget cuts, no applications for the Historic Preservation Grant Fund were accepted for 2011 grants and it is anticipated that no funding will be available for 2012 grants. Applications for historic preservation grants are generally made available in late summer, with a Fall deadline for submittal followed by an announcement of grant recipients in the Winter. Should funding be restored for the program, grant availability and the application schedule will be announced. Please contact Anne Fothergill or Scott Whipple with questions (301-563-3400).