Apply for a Historic Preservation Challenge Grant

This grant is for non-residential projects. 

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The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program was created to promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related business and economic development within both incorporated and unincorporated Hillsborough County. 

Projects eligible for funding must fall within one or more of the following non-residential project types: rehabilitation or restoration of historic structures, compatible additions to historic properties, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and architectural heritage tourism projects.

Available grant funds are competitively awarded to selected applicants with a requiredon a minimum of one-to-one (1:1) matching basis, not to exceed an award of more than $250,000 per applicant, per project in any County budget year.


  • The project must be located in Hillsborough County
  • An applicant may be an eligible nonprofit or private individual or entity, but may not be a government or other public body
  • Only non-residential projects are eligible
  • This grant is a reimbursement program only
    • The County will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of the project, up to $250,000
  • The applicant’s match may not be provided solely through alternative matching funds or other sources
  • Reimbursements are made on cash outlays only
  • Please refer to the documents below for the detailed requirements regarding eligible projects and applicants

Things To Consider

  • The application period is from March 4 - May 13, 2019
  • Download the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant (HPCG) manual
    • This guidebook outlines the process and requirements of the HPCG Program, answers basic questions for the completion of the grant application, and explains administration requirements related to an award
    • The appendices are a compilation of forms used in applying to the Program, formalizing an Agreement with the County and reporting on progress in a Request for Payment
  • Your signed, completed application submission must be postmarked or delivered by 3 PM, Monday, May 13, 2019
    • Any partial or completed applications submitted after the deadline are late and not eligible for consideration
  • FY 19 applicant presentations are scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 1 to 5 PM
  • Presentations will take place at:
    County Center
    601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
    26th Floor, Conference Rooms A&B
    Tampa, FL 33602
  • A public workshop for those interested in applying is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2019

How To

  1. See list of requirements
  2. Download and complete the HPCG Grant Application
  3. Complete the EEO Compliant Submission (required)
  4. Submit via:
    • Mail:
      Hillsborough County
      Attn: Rebecca Hessinger
      Economic Development Department
      P.O. Box 1110
      Tampa, FL 33601
    • In person:
      601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, 20th Floor

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(813) 272-5909

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