1.  Program Purpose

The purpose of the program is to encourage and aid owners of historic homes within Burlington Historic District boundaries in preserving and maintaining the historic character of their homes’ exteriors. The program is designed to facilitate and financially support the stabilization and restoration of historical architecture, encourage the use of appropriate materials and methods, and reward quality workmanship.  The long term goal is to enhance overall neighborhood integrity and pride of place, while at the same time magnifying neighborhood real estate values.

2.  Funds Available & Timing

Grant funds will be awarded by the Preservation Burlington, Inc. Board of Directors and the goal is to award at least one grant per calendar year.  Whether to award any grants in a particular year is within the sole discretion of the Board.

This is a Matching Grant Program in which Preservation Burlington, Inc. will refund up to 50% of the cost of historically appropriate exterior improvements, to a maximum award of $5,000.  The amount of the grant will be determined at the sole discretion of the Preservation Burlington, Inc. Board of Directors.  Applications are to be submitted in writing by April 15, 2021, and grants will be awarded in early May, 2021.

3.  Eligibility

Homeowners living in single family homes within any designated Burlington Historic District are eligible to apply for the 2021 grants. In hopes of attracting qualified grantees, Preservation Burlington, Inc. will promote the program in various blocks of the city’s historic districts.  However, any owner of a historic residence in one of the city’s designated historic districts may apply. 

Apply for the 2021 Historic Home Matching Grant Program.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

APPLICATION DEADLINE for 2021 Grants is April 1, 2021.
Applications should be mailed to the address below or dropped off by phone appointment.

Funded work is to be completed no later than September 30, 2021, unless written permission to extend the grant period is approved by the Preservation Burlington Board of Directors.

Maps of Historic Districts in Burlington, N.C. 

Click on the arrows to scroll through maps. Click on any map to open in full screen.

Applicant Resources: 

City of Burlington Historic District Guidelines

  • For residents living in the West Burlington or Glencoe Historic Districts, the Design Review Manual is an invaluable resource. In addition to listing the detailed guidelines for performing work on your historic property, the manual also contains information concerning the history and architecture of each district. The manual also describes the application process for a Certificate of Appropriateness and contains a list of work items that can and cannot be performed without such a Certificate. http://www.burlingtonnc.gov/543/Design-Review-Manual

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Buildings:

  1. Standards for Restoration -- for saving all that can be saved, reconstructing missing features, and removing features from later periods of time, so that the property reflects a particular period in its own history: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-restoration.htm 

  2. Standards for Reconstruction -- for replicating lost or hopelessly damaged historic features: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-reconstruction.htm

Selected Training/Advice Leaflets on Repair/Restoration/Rehabilitation:

  1. Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/2-repoint-mortar-joints.htm

  2. Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/3-improve-energy-efficiency.htm

  3. Roofing for Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/4-roofing.htm

  4. Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/6-dangers-abrasive-cleaning.htm

  5. Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/8-aluminum-vinyl-siding.htm

  6. The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/9-wooden-windows.htm

  7. Preservation of Historic Concrete https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/15-concrete.htm

  8. The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/16-substitute-materials.htm

  9. Architectural Character—Identifying Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving their Character https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/17-architectural-character.htm

  10. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/22-stucco.htm

  11. Understanding Old Buildings:  Architectural Investigation https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/35-architectural-investigation.htm

  12. Methods for Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/37-lead-paint-hazards.htm

  13. Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/39-control-unwanted-moisture.htm

  14. Preserving Historic Wood Porches https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/45-wooden-porches.htm

  15. General Directory of NPS Preservation Briefs https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm 

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P.O. Box 171, Burlington, NC 27216

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