Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is thrilled to announce the recipients of our Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program (ARRP) grants. A total of $680,734 will fund 11 projects in eight of New York’s Adirondack/North Country counties. A complete list of grantees can be found here.
The Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program is supported in part by a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The ARRP funds capital rehabilitation projects that contribute to their community’s character, follow preservation standards, and create economic development through supporting new or continuing uses of publicly-accessible historic buildings.
Applications are now closed.
This program is open to private, public, and nonprofit owners of historic properties throughout the Adirondack region (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Washington, and Warren Counties). Properties must be listed on, or eligible for listing on, the National Register of Historic Places (individually or contributing to a historic district) and in towns of under 10,000. A recording of our June 5th Q&A session is posted on our YouTube channel.
In order to qualify for ARRP funding, buildings must be determined National Register-eligible (individual or district) or listed in the National Register of Historic Places (individual or district) prior to the grant application deadline will qualify. Some funding is available through this program for National Register nomination research and writing as needed. Potential applicants can learn more about the National Register of Historic Places online here.
The program will fund capital rehabilitation and repair projects that follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, contribute to the community’s character, and create economic development through new and/or additional uses for the historic space. Only repair and/or rehabilitation projects will receive funding through this program, such as roof, masonry, door and/or window repair, structural stabilization, site infrastructure as required for building occupancy will also be considered. We will not fund new construction, landscaping, building reconstruction, or paving. Successful applicants must follow federal competitive contractor procurement practices based on the size of the program grant.
Eligible applicants must own their building and have or create a public use for their space (e.g. coffee shop, community-supported enterprise, small retail business, performance space). All applications receive a technical review by the National Park Service. No project can begin until that review is completed.
Applicants will need to demonstrate a 25% match contribution to the qualifying project costs (e.g. a $100,000 project would require a $25,000 match and a maximum grant request of $75,000). The program’s maximum grant award will be $100,000 with a requirement to complete the project before spring 2025. Grant payment will be made in installments upon review and approval of contractor invoices. Payments will equal 75% of the qualifying project costs. Final payment will be made upon project completion.
For maximum program leverage, AARCH will prioritize projects that incorporate other preservation incentives such as NYS and Federal Historic Tax Credits (Federal HTCs will not be used as project match), the NYS Main Street Program, and the NYS Historic Barn Rehabilitation Program. Federal Historic Tax Credit funds cannot be used as a match for this program. Projects in hamlets and villages under 7,000 will also receive funding priority.
The National Park Service requires that grantees place a preservation covenant/easement on the property for five (5) to (10) years, dependent on the amount of funding awarded through ARRP. Adirondack Architectural Heritage will hold the covenant/easement. The covenant/easement terms are as follows:
|Amount of Federal Assistance Awarded
|Covenant/Easement Term Requirement
|5-year minimum preservation agreement; a covenant/easement amending the deed is not required
|$50,001 – $100,000
|10-year minimum preservation covenant/easement
- NYS Historic Preservation Office National Register Information
- AARCH Historic Tax Credit Webinar
- AARCH Preserving Historic Barns Webinar
Please contact email@example.com with any questions or if you would like to receive updates about this program.
Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program logo design by Samantha Johnson.