CCT: Threatened Properties Fund

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***State funding for Threatened Properties Fund Grants is suspended until further notice. ***


Threatened Properties Fund Grants Overview (TPF)

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers Threatened Properties Fund Grants (TPF) for historic resources which have been damaged by unanticipated man-made or natural acts and circumstances beyond the owner’s control, including: acts of nature, fire, vandalism, etc. TPF grants are available to Connecticut municipalities and 501(c)3 and 501(c)13 nonprofits to be used for the restoration or stabilization of Connecticut’s historic resources which are listed in the State or National Registers of Historic Places.

TPF grants are accepted by invitation only. 

Pre-Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by SHPO staff.  If a pre-application is approved, an invitation to apply will be provided to the applicant.  The formal TPF grant application will be reviewed and recommended by the Historic Preservation Council and will be sent to the Advisory Committee on Culture and Tourism for approval.

  • Grant awards range from $2,500-$100,000, based on funding availability;
  • Grant awards must be matched on a one-to-one basis;
  • In-kind services and donations can be used toward the matching amount-however all in-kind services must be pre-approved by SHPO;
  • Matching funds cannot be funds from the State of Connecticut. Federal funds or other non-state funds may be used;
  • Pre-development costs and architectural fees are eligible expenses;
  • Contractors and consultants must be publically bid according to DECD procedures;
  • Work completed prior to the execution of the Contract/Assistance Agreement is not eligible toward this grant;
  • Facilities must be open to the public or work must be visible to the public;
  • A preservation easement of limited duration must be placed on the property following completion of the project;
  • 25% of the grant award will be paid to the grantee at the time of the execution of the grant Assistance Agreement, subsequent progress payments will be made on a payment schedule developed between the grantee and SHPO; and
  • Project work must be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
TPF Grants are funded by the Community Investment Act.  The Community Investment Act (also known as Public Act 05-228) was signed into law on July 11th, 2005 and provides increased funding for open space, farmland preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing.
TPF grants require a preservation consultant, either a Historical Architect or Structural Engineer who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards as published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61.   These grant funds can be used to hire a preservation consultant according to DECD’s Professional Services Selection Process (see Appendix C).  The consultant will design plans and specifications to be reviewed and approved by SHPO before construction begins.
Contractors must also be publically bid according to DECD’s Bidding, Contracting & Construction Guidelines (see Appendix D).
The use of state and/or federal funds requires an open bidding process.  Contractors cannot be pre-selected and any potential contractor cannot play any role in the design of the project or application.
Grantees may only have one active TPF grant at a time.  Any existing grants must be officially closed before a new application is submitted to SHPO.
Pre-Application and Application
Both the pre-application and application for TPF grants are available online.  The pre-application can be accessed by clicking on the below link:
The Guidelines were created to assist in completing the application. 
Threatened Properties Fund Scoring Sheet