Free Money: How Historic District Homeowners Can Apply for Renovation Grants

May 6, 2019
Homeowners in historic DC districts can apply for renovations grants.

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By Cameron Jenkins

It's that time of year again! D.C. Office of Planning has officially opened applications for the Historic Homeowner Grant Program.

The program provides grant money, up to $35,000 in for Anacostia residents and $25,000 for others, to homeowners throughout the historic districts of D.C. These districts typically include: Shaw, Takoma Park, U Street, Fourteenth Street, Capitol Hill, LeDroit Park, Mount Vernon Square, Mount Vernon Triangle, Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, the Strivers' Section, and Mount Pleasant. And this year The Wardman Flats, Emerald Street and Kingman Park are also eligible.

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Grants are awarded to low and moderate income earners across the city. In order to apply, hopeful awardees must complete a two-step application process.

The first: submit photos of the home and description of the repairs or renovations they hope to make. The second: submit household finances information and then get price proposals on from general contractors after receiving a scope of work from the Historic Preservation.

“Preference [will be> given to major structural repairs and work that restores important and prominently visible architectural features,” according to the Office of Planning.

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All applications must be submitted by July 1 of this year and the grant committee will complete reveiwing them in early spring of 2020.

"You could qualify for up to $25,000 to restore or repair your home! @OPinDC's Historic Homeowner Grant Program is now accepting applications until July 1 for properties in qualifying Historic Districts!" @OPinDC tweeted.

Awards will be distributed May 2020.

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