Homeowner Façade Grant Program
To date NPA has awarded 34 façade grants totaling $27,000
The Homeowner Façade Grant Program is designed to support Noblesville homeowners in the thoughtful restoration of historic residential properties. Exterior improvements to homes that are at least 50 years old, and are located within Noblesville city limits, will qualify. Other buildings or exterior features that are at least 50 years old are also eligible.
Homeowners are encouraged, wherever possible, to make improvements that restore the structure's original character. NPA will assist in identifying those features, when requested. Historic preservation requires research, attention to detail, and frequently, special skill sets. This program is intended to provide both financial and professional support, which ultimately will contribute to Noblesville's character and community.
NPA contributes 50% of the total project cost, up to $1,000, for eligible exterior façade improvements.
The maximum grant award will be $1,000 for homeowners whose projects cost under $10,000. For projects costing more than $10,000, NPA will consider an increased grant award up to $2,000 for exemplary projects, if funds are available. The Façade Grant committee will discuss the possibility for an increased award amount with eligible applicants. All matching grants are distributed as reimbursement, once NPA receives copies of third party receipts and inspects the completed project.
Seed grants provide funding, up to $500 per homeowner, to complete exterior façade improvements.
Seed grants do not require a homeowner match. Grants will be distributed as reimbursement, once NPA receives copies of third party receipts and inspects the completed project.
Grant Program Overview
- Grant Application Form
- Program Objectives
- Program Eligibility
- Program Guidelines
- Application Instructions
- Additional Info
- Grant Application Form
- Program Objectives
- Program Eligibility
- Program Guidelines
- Application Instructions
- Additional Info
Email your completed application and all pertinent documentation to
The Noblesville Preservation Alliance, Inc. (NPA) offers an annual grant program to Noblesville homeowners to help defray the cost of certain exterior facade improvements. Strating in 2018, grants will be given on a "first come, first serve" basis. The earlier you apply for the grant, the more likely the committee will have funds available. If funds for the crrent year are exhausted, the grant application will be considered the following year.
The Homeowner Façade Grant Program is designed to support Noblesville homeowners in the thoughtful restoration of historic residential properties.
- Foster preservation among homeowners
- Encourage thoughtful restoration of home exteriors and outbuildings
- Inspire neighboring owners to consider accurate restoration
- Create visible community impact
- Provide direct assistance to homeowners in the stewardship and preservation of historic properties
- Encourage practices that conserve the existing building stock and distinctive original features
- Promote architectural appreciation
The applicant must be the owner of the property where the proposed project will take place.
Property must be:
- Residential, and at least 50 years old
- Located within Noblesville city limits
- Be current in property tax payments and must not have any city liens or fines against the property
- For matching grants, contribute 50% of total project cost, and any additional monetary cost beyond $1,000 match
- Submit a plan for the proposed improvements. Improvements should follow the Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings (See below)
- Refrain from beginning construction work covered by the grant proposal until award notification is received
Eligible Improvement Expenses:
- Masonry repair
- Repair to building façade (front, rear, sides are all eligible)
- Cleaning of outbuilding exterior
- Exterior painting
- Repairing, replacing and/or adding architecturally appropriate cornices, entrances, doors, windows, decorative detail, porches, etc.
- Adding or replacing architecturally appropriate design elements or lighting, especially where period-appropriate materials are used
- Other improvements such as exterior work on outbuildings or concrete work are eligible provided they are permanent in nature and contribute to the overall preservation of the property's historic character
All homes meeting the above criteria will be considered for award funding, but NPA will give priority to projects taking place in the following historic neighborhoods:
- Catherine Street Historic Neighborhood, 1870-1937, roughly bounded by Harrison, Clinton, west side of 9th St., and east side of 10th St.
- Conner Street Historic Neighborhood, 1840-1947, roughly both sides of Logan and Conner Streets between 10th and 17th
- South 9th Street Historic Neighborhood, 1860-1940, roughly bounded by Maple, Division, 10th Streets, and the west side of 9th St.
- 8th Street Corridor
- Exterior improvements that do not match the architectural style of the home
- Interior improvements
- Roofing (unless of a traditionally historic material such as slate or cedar shingles)
- Work on additions/structures that are more recent than 50 years, unless the removal of those structures enhances the historic value of the property
- Purchase of furnishings, equipment, or other personal property that does not become part of the real estate
The Façade Grant Committee will evaluate all proposals to determine if a project contributes to the overall preservation of a property's historic character. Any use of modern materials and replacements should maintain the architectural style, spirit, and form of the home's exterior.
NPA Façade Grant awards are limited to members of the organization. Non-members may submit their $35 non-refundable one year membership fee to NPA along with their façade grant application.
Applications will be judged using the criteria set forth in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. These simple guidelines discuss the basic criteria that should be met with any restoration project. Copies may be obtained in electronic format from the following websites:
- Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings
- Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings
Use these resources to better understand the process that homeowners, developers, and Federal agency managers use to meet generally accepted preservation standards. As such, they are not meant to give case-specific advice or address exceptions or rare instances. Careful case-by-case decision making is best accomplished by seeking assistance from qualified historic preservation professionals in the planning stage of the project. Additionally, a list of suggested resources is provided at the end of this document to help homeowners begin the research process.
The applicant will be required to obtain two preliminary cost estimates in writing for all eligible improvements for which funding is being requested. The bids should be itemized for specific portions of the project (i.e. window repair, ironwork, etc.). The bids submitted to the Grant Review Committee shall include only those improvements that are eligible for grant assistance. Any improvements that are not eligible for the Homeowner Façade Improvement Program should be bid separately.
Each contractor must make bids for the same scope of work. Projects that are approved for funding will be based on the lowest bids; however, the applicant may select any of the submitted bidders to complete the improvement if the applicant chooses to pay the higher cost. In the event that two bids greatly differ in cost, NPA reserves the right to request that the homeowner submit a third bid.
If homeowners intend to complete the project labor themselves, two cost estimates should be obtained for the cost of all supplies for which they are requesting grant funding. Many home improvement stores are able to print out a list of project supplies and associated prices at the request of the customer. If a store does not offer this service, NPA will accept photographs of the product PLU's showing each item's price, along with an accompanying tabulation of total cost by the applicant. Please see information below for clarification on eligible projects for homeowner labor.
A licensed contractor must complete all mechanical work such as electrical, plumbing, etc. The applicant must obtain and submit two written bids as required for all eligible improvements for which the applicant is requesting funding. The applicant may be capable of doing certain types of labor; however, this cannot be considered as part of the match. If the homeowner is planning to complete the labor themselves, they should demonstrate to the grant committee their ability to complete the work. In these instances, requests for funding should be based solely on the cost of supplies.
Permits and Fees:
Grant recipient is responsible for obtaining any required local and/or state permits. Additional information on permits is available from the city of Noblesville's Planning Department (317-776-6325). City and/or state permitting fees are not eligible for grant funding.
Start of Work:
Work can begin once an award letter from the NPA Review Committee is received. Funds spent prior to grant approval do not qualify as matching funds and are not eligible for reimbursement.
Changes to Project Plans:
If the recipient decides to change the project after funding approval, NPA reserves the right to revoke the payment of funds. If changes are made to the project and are brought to the NPA Review Committee for consideration, the committee will determine if the project is still appropriate. Funding will not be increased after notification of the initial award.
Homeowners will be asked to provide copies of all third party receipts in order to claim grant funds. The Façade Grant Committee will also complete a visual inspection of the completed project prior to grant payout. Homeowners will be asked to provide before and after photographs which NPA may use on its website and for other purposes.
Obtain estimates from 2 contractors as follows:
- Estimates should be itemized for specific portions of the project and should only contain bid information for portions of the project that are eligible for NPA funding
- All bids must be for the same scope of work
- Submit estimates on contractor's company letterhead
- Estimates should include the contractor's name, address, and telephone number
- All copies of estimates submitted to NPA must be fully legible
- NPA reserves the right to request a third bid in the event that the two submitted bids vary greatly in cost
Summarize the proposed project on the NPA application form, and include any applicable design plan, pictures of proposed materials, or rendering of proposed work. Project summaries should be as specific as possible, and any use of architectural design elements, lighting, etc. should be described in detail.
Please submit the following photographs with your application (digital images preferred)
- Complete view of home's front exterior
- Complete view of side of home where restoration work will occur, if not front exterior
- Close-up images of area where work will be performed, including one photograph showing the proposed work area and 3 feet of space on all sides of the area to be restored
- Close-up images of any detail work
Books available through Hamilton East Public Library or online.
Since its first publication in 1980, The Old-House Journal Compendium has been the go-to guide for anyone looking to buy, restore, or maintain an old house. This new edition combines the solid, detailed advice that made the original newsletter famous, now in a modern, easy-to-use format.
Most historic buildings are owned by private citizens who have little or no background in building preservation or its allied fields. These owners--as dedicated as they are to preserving or refurbishing their property--often feel at a disadvantage when communicating with professionals well-versed in the complex jargon of this multidisciplinary field. The Dictionary of Building Preservation provides easy access to this terminology and helps the nonspecialist to understand and communicate with building and design professionals, preservation groups, government agencies, attorneys, and others concerned with building preservation.
Containing more than 10,000 entries that cover the entire breadth of building preservation in North America, this is the best source available for definitions of terms used for buildings, parts of buildings, the development of historic structures, technical standards, relevant legal terminology, and preservation practice. It provides detailed information on various historical styles and fashions, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems, and current restoration techniques.
The U.S. Government's Official Guidelines for Preserving Historic Homes.
Old House Journal, http://www.oldhousejournal.com
*How-to articles on exterior restoration and preservation
Old House Web, http://www.oldhouseweb.com
*Resources for Architectural salvage and how-to articles
Historic Buildings, "Historic Architecture Styles," http://historicbldgs.com/styles.htm
*Descriptions of historic architecture styles with photographs
National Park Services Preservation Briefs, http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm
*Guidelines for best practices on various exterior restoration projects
Indiana Landmarks Library & Information Center
*Resources include over 1,200 books and articles on preservation and historic architecture. Open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit http://www.indianalandmarks.org/Resources/Library/Pages/default.aspx