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Mohawk Valley Historic Revitalization Grants

Mohawk Valley
Historic Revitalization Grant Program

Erie Canalway is offering up to $712,000 in capital improvement grants for historic properties supported is supported in part by the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. This program offers brick-and-mortar investment in National Register listed historic properties and properties that contribute to a listed historic district, located within selected small rural Mohawk Valley communities adjacent to the NYS Canal System.

Program Goals

  • Rehabilitate historic structures that benefit the local community.
  • Award projects that strengthen tourism and economic development opportunities within the region.
  • Advance positive public perception of local communities and the NYS Canal System as valuable places to live and visit.
  • Align with other historic preservation, main street, tax credit, and waterways initiatives and programs.
  • Inspire a long-term commitment by communities to continue to invest in historic infrastructure and community improvement projects.

Program Guide

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Together with other public and private investments, grant funded projects will generate new economic development and tourism opportunities that enhance the region-wide strength of the Mohawk Valley.

Eligibility

This program is open to private, public, and nonprofit owners of historic properties in communities located immediately adjacent to the Erie Canal between the villages of Frankfort and Tribes Hill within the Mohawk Valley in Herkimer and Montgomery Counties. Eligible Communities List >

Eligible properties must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or be a contributing feature to a National Historic District, at the time of application.

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Key Details

Application Deadline
Rolling application period beginning April 1, 2024 and concluding October 31, 2024. Applications are reviewed as received and awards will be made for qualifying projects.

Award Range
Requests may not be less than $50,000; nor exceed $100,000.

Match
A 25% cash match of the total project cost is required. Match sources must be non-federal.

Please read the Program Guide for a full description of eligibility, application evaluation, and grant conditions.

Information Sessions

Please sign up for one or both sessions to receive a link, which will be sent one day prior to the session.

Grant Program Applicant Public Information Session
Thursday, May 23, 2024, 10am, Virtual via TEAMS
See below for a recording of this session.

New York State Historic Preservation Office Preservation Standards Workshop
Thursday, August 15 , 2024, 10am, virtual via TEAMS

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Grant Program Applicant Public Information Session Recording

Watch the recording of the May 23, 2024 virtual information session.


What we fund

The program will fund capital rehabilitation and repair activities that follow the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, contribute to the community's historic character, and result in public spaces that support broader economic development growth. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • roof
  • masonry
  • door and/or window repair
  • painting
  • façade repair
  • structural stabilization
  • ADA Accessibility needs
  • site infrastructure upgrades
  • mechanicals
  • plumbing
  • electrical upgrades and other activities to bring buildings up to code

Pre-development and administrative costs may not exceed 20% of the total project costs. Applicants must document a minimum of three competitive bids and select the most advantageous bid.

What's not eligible

  • pre-development activities only
  • requests for new construction
  • landscaping
  • building reconstruction
  • paving
  • private homes
  • payments for previous activities and projects
  • reduction of existing debt
  • indirect costs
  • purchase of real property
  • political or religious activities
  • additions to reserve funds or endowments
  • regranting of awarded funds

Application Resources

Secretary of the Interior's Standards: The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications: Professional Qualifications Standards (U.S. National Park Service)

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives: Historic Preservation Tax Incentives (U.S. National Park Service)

New York State Historic Preservation Tax Incentives: NYS Commercial Tax Credit Programs.pdf