Carbon County Historic Rehabilitation Program – Funding Available for Historic Properties in Carbon County 

In 2023, the National Park Service (NPS) awarded the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF) a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to support the establishment of the Carbon County Historic Rehabilitation (CCHR) grant program that will allow RLACF to regrant these funds back into the community. CCHR is a reimbursement grant available for public, nonprofit, individual, and for-profit property owners, located in Carbon County, to apply for the rehabilitation and repair of historic properties. CCHR’s goal is to not only preserve significant cultural resources and foster economic development, but also aid in property recovery efforts following the historic June 2022 flood.  

CCHR grants will provide substantial financial support for “brick and mortar” preservation projects in the form of reimbursement grants. From a total pool of $653,750, CCHR anticipates grants will range between $75,000 and $175,000 and anticipates awarding 4 to 6 projects.  

Minimum Requirements 

In order for a property to be eligible it must either be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or be determined eligible for listing by the Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and listed in the National Register by the end of the grant period (no later than Aug. 2026). Use this map to confirm if a property is listed. All grant-funded treatments must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. A 25% non-federal cash or in-kind match of the total project cost is required. All awarded projects will be required to place the property in a preservation covenant/easement, an amendment to the deed, that SHPO will hold and monitor. The length of the preservation covenant/easement is dependent on the grant award amount. 

Please read the CCHR Criteria and Guidelines before starting the application process to confirm your eligibility and to understand all grant requirements.  

How to Apply 

CCHR has a two-part online application process, a Letter of Intent (LOI) and application. All applicants will submit a LOI. Following LOI evaluations, selected applicants with successful LOIs will be invited to submit the full application. The CCHR Criteria & Guidelines and LOI instructions can be found below, as well as similar application examples from the Montana State Historic Preservation Office’s Revitalizing Montana’s Rural Heritage grant program, and other resources that may be helpful. 

We are currently accepting LOI submissions. LOIs are due no later than April 29th, 12:00 pm (MT). 

Apply Here 

Use the links below to review the Workshop Q&A session recording and Presentation Slides.

 

Workshop/Q&A


Slides

Questions? 

If you need any assistance or have questions, please email kendall@rlacf.org or call the RLACF office at 406-446-2820. 

*The CCHR program is supported, in part, through a grant from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior under Grant Number P23AP01968-00, with funding from the Historic Preservation Fund.