Application Process

The Bone Grant Application (PDF) must be filed with the Town Planner. For a hard copy please stop by the Town Clerk’s office. The commission will ordinarily act upon a grant request in 30 days. However, the commission may request additional information or delay final action on the grant request for other reasons.

An application for Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF) must first be approved in order for a Bone Grant Application to be considered. If a Certificate of Appropriateness has already been approved, attach a copy of the certificate to the grant application.


Once Certificate of Appropriateness and Bone Grant Applications have been approved, proof of project completion shall be submitted by the applicant for approval by the Historic Preservation Commission prior to the release of any funds. The commission may require submittal of receipts, canceled checks and other documentation, as the commission deems appropriate. The commission may also require a final inspection by the Town of Normal Inspections Department to insure that the project was completed as proposed. The recipient of any grant funds must agree to observe all applicable federal, state and local laws in the use of grant funds.

Priority Projects

The Normal Historic Preservation Commission may give priority to projects that:
  • demonstrate a large financial commitment on the part of the applicant
  • have a high degree of visibility from the public right-of-way
  • involve a first-time applicant
  • involve the employment of a professional architect
  • involve the restoration and adaptive reuse of vacant and / or neglected properties of historic or architectural significance