1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can repair the exterior of their single-family homes in DC historic districts. Depending on your income, you can receive a grant up to $25,000 ($35,000 in Anacostia) to cover between 50% and 100% of the project’s cost. Projects include repairing, restoring, or replacing outside features such as siding, windows, doors, roofs, and porches.

 

This program is called the Historic Homeowner Grant Program and is offered by the Office of Planning.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • You own the home that you live in.

  • Your home is a single-family home (not condo or cooperative) and in one of these historic neighborhoods: Anacostia, Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, Capitol Hill, Emerald Street, Fourteenth Street, Kingman Park, LeDroit Park, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon Square or Triangle, Shaw, Strivers’ Section, Takoma Park, U Street, and Wardman Flats. Use our interactive map to find out if your home is in a designated historic district (purple areas).  

  • You receive the Homestead Deduction from the Office of Tax and Revenue.

  • Your annual gross income—your income before paying taxes—is at or below the limit for your household size. Check below.

repair the exterior of your home?

DO YOU WANT TO

4. Gather more information.

What happens after I apply?


  1. If your proposal is given further consideration, we—DC Government—will mail you a letter with directions on how to submit a more detailed proposal.
  2. You complete a detailed proposal with contractor quotes from contractors of your choosing.
  3. We will make a final decision on whether to award a grant and mail you a letter saying if your proposal is accepted.
  4. If accepted, you will get a final contract from the contractor of your choice.
  5. You will sign an agreement with the DC Government and return it to us by email or mail.The agreement details the money we will provide, the specific work that will be done, and the name of the contractor who will do the work.
  6. We will give you the first check to pay the contractor.
  7. The contractor will work on your home.
  8. We will inspect the work and pay the contractor for their work. If needed, you pay the contractor the remainder of the bill.
If your proposal is not accepted, you will receive a letter from us with information on how to reapply.




Are there any additional requirements I should know about?


Yes, you will need to find a contractor, manage the work, and communicate with the DC Government about the project. In addition, anything built with the grant must remain in place and in good repair for at least five years, even if you sell the home. If you or a future owner reverses or removes a project, the District of Columbia can take back the grant money.




Who should I contact if I have questions?


First, take a look at the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions, please reach out to our Historic Preservation Office in the Office of Planning at (202) 741-5248, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Or, you can email Brendan Meyer at brendan.meyer@dc.gov or historic.preservation@dc.gov using the subject line "Historic Home Grants."




I still need help making repairs to my home. What should I do?


You can find information about other resources that might help you make repairs to your home on our resource page.




Frequently Asked Questions


Can I use the grant on interior projects recently started or finished? You cannot use the grant for interior finishes, but significant structural repairs, like a failed foundation, will be considered. Can I use the grant on projects recently started or finished? No. Work that has already started or completed is not eligible. Is the grant taxable as income? No. The grants are not taxable for the purposes of federal or DC income tax. I’ve already received a grant from this program. Can I apply again for a different project? Yes. If your first grant project is in good standing, then you are welcome to reapply for another project.




Do all eligible applicants receive a grant?


No. About 12-15 grants are made each year and about 30-40 applications are received. If your application is not selected, you can reapply next year.





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This page was last updated February 2021.

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3. Apply.


  1. Complete the Part I application.
  2. Attach photographs of the current condition of the home, and specifically of the area needing repair.
  3. Submit the application and photographs by mail or email to:
Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Office 1100 4th Street, SW, Suite E650 Washington, DC 20024 brendan.meyer@dc.gov You can apply for this program any time.