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Accepting Applications for Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program

Hillsborough County, Fla. (March 5, 2018) - Hillsborough County is now accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program for the Fiscal Year 2018 cycle of grants. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, May 14, 2018. 

The Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program promotes historic preservation, heritage tourism, and economic development within Hillsborough County. Available grant funds are awarded to selected applicants on a minimum of one-to-one matching basis, not to exceed an award of $250,000 per applicant, per project in any County budget year.

Projects eligible for funding must be located in Hillsborough County (incorporated or unincorporated), and fall within one or more of the following non-residential project types: rehabilitation or restoration of historic structures, compatible additions to historic properties, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and architectural heritage tourism projects. An applicant may be an eligible nonprofit group or private individual or entity. It may not be a federal, state, or local government, other public body, agency, department, instrumentality, political subdivision, municipality, or district thereof. Also, the grant does not pertain to private residences. 

A grant workshop for applicants will be held on March 27, 2018. Information about the workshop, the grant application, submission instructions, and a summary of past awards are available on the application page, or contact Rebecca Hessinger, Hillsborough County Economic Development, at (813) 272-5909. She is available to meet with potential applicants prior to the application deadline to provide constructive feedback and answer questions.

The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Review Committee will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 18 in Conference Rooms A and B on the 26th Floor of Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The purpose of this meeting is to review requests for funding applications received for the 2018 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant program and make recommendations on awards. If needed, a second, tentative workshop is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 in the same location.

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