Historic House Renovation Grant Avaliable

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By Patti Persia

In conjunction with Downtown Milford, Incorporated (DMI), the Milford Historic Preservation Group is soliciting applications for historic building renovation assistance. Our mission is to enhance, protect, bring recognition to and educate people about the wealth of historic buildings located in Milford, Delaware. We plan to commit funds to improve the façade, porch, or other outside areas of a historic building in Milford. To be eligible to apply, you must be a full­time Milford resident for at least the last three years. The house should be your primary residence. If you are applying on behalf of your business, your business must be open to the public and located in Milford. Preference points will be given to properties in the Milford Historic District and/or the Downtown Milford, Incorporated District.

According to the State Historic Planning Office, a building is deemed historic if it is 50 years old or older. Additional points, however, will be awarded for buildings that are 100 years old or older. Our committee will weigh the applications, and three finalists will be interviewed before one is selected. The selection will occur in Fall 2016 and the work will be completed in a timeframe commensurate with the type of work to be performed. DMI and the awardee will sign a contract that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each party. Deadline to Apply: Completed applications must be hand­ delivered to the DMI office (located at 207 South Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware) or postmarked by August 15, 2016. Please visit www.downtownmilford.org for applications, or email Patti Persia at theclothspring@gmail.com for an application. Applications can also be picked up at the DMI office.

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