Owners of historic properties located in unincorporated areas of Frederick County may now apply for the Rural Historic Preservation Grant Program. County Executive Jan Gardner recently announced the Rural Historic Preservation Grant Program to support the rehabilitation and stabilization of rural historic properties.
“The goal of this grant is to leave a legacy for future generations of a vibrant agricultural community and to preserve our rich history,” Executive Gardner said.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants may request up to $50,000. Grant funds can be used for expenses associated with exterior work to stabilize, rehabilitate, restore, or preserve historic buildings. Grants will not be awarded for completed work, work that is already underway, new construction, landscaping, or projects that do not meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties.
To be eligible, properties must be located in unincorporated areas of Frederick County; be either designated on the County Register of Historic Places or the National Register, or a contributing resource in a County or Nationally designated Historic District; and be in good standing with the County. If the property or district is currently not designated to the County Register of Historic Places, a determination of eligibility must be made by the Historic Preservation Commission prior to applying for the grant. This letter of determination must be included with the application.
To apply or for additional information, visit www.frederickcountymd.gov/7981/Historic-Preservation. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Questions about the grant program can be emailed to Amanda Whitmore, Historic Preservation Planner at AWhitmore@frederickcountymd.gov.