“Diamonds in the Rough” grants are to restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. The purpose is to return them to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national). These grants are part of the SHPO’s Preserving Oregon Grant Program and are supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Grants must be submitted through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Grants Online program.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION: Grant funds may be awarded for amounts up to $20,000.
MATCH: Grants must be matched 1:1 by the grantee. Match can be in the form of cash, in‐kind donations, and volunteer time.
BUDGET INFORMATION: Bids and estimates strengthen the grant request.
PRESERVATION REQUIREMENTS: The application must convey that all work will be completed using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.
GRANT REPORTING AND PAYMENT: Awarded projects will be the subjects of binding agreements between the State and the applicants. Typically, grant funds are dispersed on a reimbursable basis. Details of payment arrangements and grant reporting will be provided at the time of award.
Visit the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: Oregon Heritage website for more information, including eligibility criteria and grant timelines.
Featured image: Old College Hall, Forest Grove, photo by M.O. Stevens