• Hillsborough County Accepting Applications for 2021 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program

    Hillsborough County is now accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program for the Fiscal Year 2021 cycle of grants. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 7 at 5 p.m.

    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
    • Heritage tourism projects

    An applicant for construction projects may be an eligible nonprofit 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.

    An applicant for heritage tourism projects may be an eligible nonprofit organization only. 

    This is the first grant cycle that will be conducted entirely online. Applicants may register and apply through the Neighborly Software system.

    The grant application, submission instructions, and a summary of past awards are available online at HCFLGov.net/HPCG.

    For additional Historic Preservation Challenge Grant information, visit HCFLGov.net/HPCG or contact Rebecca Hessinger, Economic Development, at (813) 272-5909.

    The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Review Committee will hold a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 in the 18th floor conference room of Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The purpose of the workshop is to review requests for funding applications received for the 2021 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program and make recommendations for awards. If needed, a second, tentative workshop is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 in the same location. Applicants and the public will be invited through the Zoom platform.