Requirements, Terms & Conditions

Bone Grant Rules


  • A Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF) must have already been approved by the Commission. The commission will not consider Bone Grant applications without an approved Certificate of Appropriateness, which may be approved at the same meeting at the grant request.
  • Grant funds must be used for professional services or labor, “sweat equity” labor provided by the owner or any other person cannot be charged against the grant.
  • Grants will not be approved for projects where the work has already begun or been completed.
  • Ineligible projects include general maintenance and repair projects, painting, re-roofing with non-historic materials, replacing gutters / downspouts and removal of original wood of any kind.
  • The grant application must include two contractors’ estimates.
  • The property must be a locally designated landmark or part of locally designated historic district.
  • The project must be an exterior restoration project. The Commission shall have the sole authority to define a project as it relates to its eligibility under this program. No interior work or exterior maintenance work is eligible.
  • The project must be completed within one year from the date the grant is awarded or the grant will automatically be revoked.

Usage of Funds


Grant funds may be used toward covering the cost of professional architectural services, materials and skilled labor.  “Sweat equity” labor provided by the owner or any other person cannot be charged against the grant.  The grant application must include two contractors’ estimates.

The project must be completed within one year from the date the grant is awarded or the grant will automatically be revoked.  The commission reserves the right to allow a reasonable extension of the time limit upon receiving a written request to do so.

Multiple Grants


The Normal Historic Preservation Commission may consider multiple grant requests pertaining to one property provided that the specific projects are sufficiently distinct and separate.  Eligible projects include removing aluminum siding to restore wood siding underneath, removing asphalt roof and replacing with original clay tile, reopening an enclosed porch and other restoration and improvements projects approved by the Historic Preservation Commission. 

Deny Grants / Partial Funding


The Normal Historic Preservation Commission reserves the right to deny any grant application or provide a partial funding of a grant request.  Ineligible project examples include, general maintenance and repair projects, painting, re-roofing with non-historic materials, replacing gutters or downspouts and removing original wood of any kind (i.e. siding, windows, doors, porch posts, balusters, trim, brackets, bead-board, etc.)

Additional Information


The commission reserves the right to waive any or all of the above provisions in special circumstances.