Historic Development Grant Program

In April 2021 the Tennessee General Assembly developed the Historic Development Grant Program (HDGP) and allocated $4.8 million to renovate and preserve the State’s historic buildings. The legislators recognized that historic buildings and their preservation expand the state’s economy, create new employment opportunities, revitalize and renew communities, create an environment for investment, and promote tourism and rural economic development.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will begin accepting the letter of intent for the HDGP on May 9, 2022. The application will be available June 30, 2022. The amount of grant request and required match rate is dependent upon the current tax tier of the county where the project is located. (Tier information located here).

Eligible Properties:

  • Certified historic structures that are:
    • listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places or are part of a National Register of Historic Places historic district and certified by the secretary of the United States Department of the Interior as being of historic significance to the district (Additional information on the National Register can be obtained from the Tennessee Historical Commission); and
    • are in a tier three (3) or four (4) county as determined by TNECD; federally qualified opportunity zone (see the TNECD Opportunity Zones directory for a map of opportunity zones in Tennessee); state and nationally accredited Tennessee Main Street community or Tennessee Downtown community (Information can be found here); or Certified Local Governments (Information can be found here) approved by the National Parks Service in counties with a population of no more than 200,000 persons
  • The applicant must be the person or entity who holds legal fee or leasehold title to a certified historic structure or an identifiable portion of the certified historic structure.

Any expenditure for a structural component of a building is eligible for grant funds. Treasury Regulation 1.48-1(e)(2) defines structural components to include walls, partitions, floors, ceilings, permanent coverings such as paneling or tiling, windows and doors, components of central air conditioning or heating systems, plumbing and plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring and lighting fixtures, chimneys, stairs, escalators, elevators, sprinkling systems, fire escapes, and other components related to the operation or maintenance of the building.

In addition to the above named "hard costs," there are "soft costs" which also qualify. These include construction period interest and taxes, architect fees, engineering fees, construction management costs, reasonable developer fees, and any other fees paid that would normally be charged to a capital account. More information on soft costs can be found on the Technical Preservation Services website.

For questions about the program, please reach out to: Logan McCoy (Email), Brooxie Carlton (Email), or Nancy Williams (Email)

Awards are anticipated to be announced in the fall. Projects activities cannot begin until the grant contract is executed and must be complete within thirty-six (36) months. Only expenses incurred during the contract period will be eligible for reimbursement.

The letter of intent (LOI) will be available May 9 and is due June 15. LOIs will be reviewed for eligibility prior to the application availability on June 30. The letter of intent is required to proceed to the application. The 2022 HDGP webinar recording and presentations slides can be found here:

Webinar Recording 
HDGP 2022 Webinar (Presentation Slides)
How to Pursue the Historic Tax Credit (Presentation Slides)
HDGP and HTC Case Study (Presentation Slides)

For questions about the program, please reach out to: Logan McCoy (Email), Brooxie Carlton (Email), or Nancy Williams (Email)

Letter of Intent- The period for submitting a letter of intent has passed for 2022. Please check back in the Spring of 2023 for future opportunities. 

Application- The application link was sent to eligible applicants who submitted a letter of intent by the 2022 deadline. Applications are due by August 19th, 2022. Eligible applicants can access the application webinar links above by getting a password from Logan McCoy (logan.mccoy@tn.gov).

Please see the file document below for the current list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Historic Development Grant Program (HDGP) FAQs

Monthly Grant Reporting - Due by the 25th of each month

Closeout & Reimbursement 

To close out your HDGP grant and receive your reimbursement, TNECD will need the following completed: