Frederick P. Fariss Company Building

Competitive Grant Rewards Passion for Preservation

Apply for the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program through May 14

Since 2012, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners has invested more than $5.7 million to help improve 80-plus buildings, landscapes, and sites, and to promote heritage tourism. This year the County budgeted $1 million for the effort, called the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program.

Hillsborough County is accepting applications until Monday, May 14, 2018, for the Fiscal Year 2018 cycle of grants. Available grant funds are awarded to selected projects on a minimum of one-to-one matching basis, not to exceed an annual award of $250,000 per applicant, per project.

Projects eligible for funding must be located in Hillsborough County (incorporated or unincorporated), and 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
  • architectural heritage tourism projects
Fariss Before Fariss After
The recent transformation of the Frederick P. Fariss Company Building, once a car dealership in the 1930s, into the food mecca Hall at Franklin was supported by a Historic Preservation Challenge Grant.

Eligible nonprofit groups or private individuals or entities may apply. Government organizations and private residences are not eligible for these grants.

A grant workshop for applicants will be held on March 27, 2018. For more information, contact Rebecca Hessinger, Hillsborough County Economic Development, at (813) 272-5909.



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