PRESERVATION GRANTS FOR HISTORIC PROPERTIES IN HAWAI‘I

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation partners with other organizations to offer grants for preservation projects in Hawaii.

HHF HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS

Through a partnership between Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and Preservation Funders

PURPOSE: The preservation grants support historic preservation as a mechanism for building community, enhancing Hawaii’s sense of place, and support for improved societal relationships.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Public agencies, 501(c) (3), and other nonprofit organizations are eligible.  Applicants that have received previous HHF preservation grants are not eligible for additional funds. Applicants are encouraged to be current members of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. Deadline is May 8, 2017.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS: Rehabilitation or restoration construction projects that preserve the character-defining features of a historic building or site are eligible. Projects should demonstrate that local support and investment is in place prior to applying for the preservation grant, and the HHF preservation grant is not the sole source of funds. Following completion of the preservation project, the site or building should be used for a public or community purpose. All projects are required to follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and to commit to preserving the historic property for at least 10 years after receiving the funds. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  1. Applicant is a community-based and locally-supported non-profit organization that provides services that fill a community need. Projects on a neighbor island or in a rural community are strongly encouraged;
  2. The project preserves and rehabilitates a significant historic property following appropriate preservation standards, and adequate long-term preservation commitments are in place;
  3. Recipient receives significant additional financial and/or in-kind support from individuals, community members and other funders, with the grant funding request being part of an overall financial plan that is thorough and reasonable.

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SAM AND MARY COOKE PRESERVATION FUND FOR HAWAI‘I

Through a partnership between Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

PURPOSE: The Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawaii helps preserve and enhance historic places in Hawai’i for future generations.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Public agencies, 501(c) (3), and other nonprofit organizations are eligible.  Applicants that have received previous National Trust financial assistance are eligible provided that all grant requirements are current. Applicants are required to be Organizational Level Forum members or National Main Street Network members of the National Trust. Applicants are encouraged to be current members of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS: Grants from the Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawai’i are awarded to preserve historic places in Hawai’i.  Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with the annual amount of grants totaling about $15,000. Grants awards may be made for activities and projects such as:

  • Obtaining the services of consultants with expertise in the areas such as archaeology architecture, planning, engineering, economics, law, fundraising, organizational development, media relations, and education
  • Sponsoring preservation conferences and workshops
  • Designing and implementing innovative preservation educations programs
  • Designing, producing, and marketing printed materials or other media communications to advance historic preservation
  • The acquisition of historically significant land and/or buildings
  • The purchase of perpetual easements
  • Restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, and preservation of designated historic sites and structures, including bricks-and-mortar construction and work to preserve archaeological sites

Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount dollar-for-dollar.  A cash match is required and can come from private or public sources, or from income earned from registration fees or fundraising activities.  For the list of other conditions, see the grant guidelines.

The Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawaii uses the same application as the National Trust Preservation Fund.  Projects Located in Hawai’i will automatically be considered for this fund. http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/special-funds/Hawaii.html

Historic Preservation funding and other financial incentives can be be divided into three basic categories:

1) Funding for Homeowners restoring a historic house or other structure for their primary residence:

Owners of historic residential properties listed on the Hawaii or National Registersof Historic Places after January 1, 1977 are eligible for tax abatements in all four counties in Hawaii, provided the residence is owner-occupied. Owners who comply with the county guidelines pay the minimum property tax in that county per year. The form and guidelines for Oahu can be found on the Real Property Tax website.

2) Funding for Non-Profit Organizations and Federal, State and Local Government Agencies:

The National Trust Preservation Fund includes funds that provide two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: 1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and 2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies. Matching grant funds may be used to obtain professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, fund raising, organizational development and law as well as to provide preservation education activities to educate the public.

The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place. Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. Funds may be used for professional advice, conferences, workshops and education programs.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. Funds may be used for professional expertise, print and video communications materials, and education programs.

The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund helps to build the capacity of existing preservation organizations and encourages collaboration among these organizations by providing grants for mentoring and other peer-to-peer and direct organizational development and learning opportunities.  The purpose of these grants is to support the leadership and effectiveness of staff and board members of preservation organizations to fulfill their mission and to create a stronger, more effective preservation movement. Grants from the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund pay for travel costs and honoraria and generally range up to $1,500.

3) Funding for Business Owners seeking to restore income-producing properties:

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives:

  • 20% Rehabilitation Tax Credit applies to any project that the Secretary of the Interior designates a certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure (a structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The credit is available for properties rehabilitated for commercial, industrial, agricultural or rental residential purposes, but is not available to properties used exclusively as the owner’s private residence
  • 10% Rehabilitation Tax Credit is available for the rehabilitation of non-historic buildings placed in service before 1936. The credit applies only to buildings rehabilitated for non-residential uses. Rental housing therefore would not qualify for the credit.

Honolulu County Commercial Property Tax Exemption:

  • After acceptance into the program, 50 percent of the value of the real property designated as historic is exempt from real property taxes.
  • The program was approved to provide an incentive for property owners to maintain and preserve their historic buildings.  The intention is to use the property tax savings to supplement capital maintenance and improvements to the buildings.

 

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