The Historic Architecture Assistance Fund provides the service of architects to the owners of historic buildings to address issues involved with the rehabilitation and use of such properties. The fund cannot support the entire architectural or engineering services needed for a complete rehabilitation project. Typical projects that can be funded include a building assessment, structural analysis, analysis of building code and ADA requirements, and façade and signage schematic design. Funds are not available for physical repairs, the purchase of building materials, or work by contractors.
The Architectural Assistance is available to a variety of property owners. The fund is meant to support private and not-for-profit property owners who are not eligible for many grant programs. However, government entities can also apply for the funds.
The program was established to provide assistance to properties that are historic, which is generally understood to be over 50 years of age. Any proposed work that the Architectural Assistance Fund would contribute to with assessment and design work must maintain or restore the historic integrity of the property. The fund is not intended to provide assistance with remodeling projects that would change the character of the historic building or address common utility system questions.
Historic Architecture Assistance Fund application