For immediate release, January 6, 2023

Deadline for submission of applications and supporting documentation is Friday, March 31.

Elgin, IL - Applications for the 2023 Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Program are now available to be downloaded from the City’s website at cityofelgin.org/historicgrants. The deadline for submission of applications and supporting documentation is Friday, March 31.
 
The Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Program provides residential property owners of structures in designated historic districts or landmarks with reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 for the restoration of exterior architectural features. 
 
Eligible applicants must be located within a historic district or be a locally designated landmark. The following grants are available:

50/50 Program

  • Reimbursement: 50% up to $20,000 maximum
  • Minimum total project cost to qualify: $5,000
  • Project completion time: 18 months

75/25 Program

  • Reimbursement: 75% up to $20,000 maximum
  • Minimum total Project cost to qualify: $2,500
  • Project completion time: 18 months
  • Property must be owner occupied
  • Low-Moderate income qualification required

Since the inception of the program in 1995, the City has awarded more than 400 grants, assisting property owners with the completion of more than $9.2 million in rehabilitation projects.
 
For information, contact Historic Preservation Planner Christen Sundquist at 847-931-6004 or visit cityofelgin.org/historicgrants.


About the City of Elgin: 
Elgin is home to nearly 115,000 people, the sixth largest city in Illinois. Located approximately 38 miles from downtown Chicago in the picturesque Northern Fox River Valley, the city has natural beauty, with parks, nature centers and forest preserves, plus access to 36 miles of trails to bike or hike along the Fox River. The growing city enjoys ready access to public transportation, diverse housing stock and a mix of commercial establishments. Elgin’s easy access to major transportation corridors, robust commuter rail service and proximity to O’Hare International Airport provide its residents and businesses with an ideal locale in the Chicago metropolitan area. Elgin's approachable, innovative identity is anchored in its resilient history and strong, diverse community that continues to embody a desire for an even brighter future. The city was founded in 1835 and has maintained its strong heritage while growing from an agricultural river town and manufacturing hub to what it is today—one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Illinois. 

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The Literacy Connection, an organization dedicated to adult literacy, is currently seeking local volunteers to tutor adults in Basic Reading or English as a Second Language. To learn more, attend a free one-hour orientation delivered synchronously over Zoom followed by tutor training. The tutor training is instructor-led remotely, with both online and out-of-classroom assignments and fulfills the 12-hour requirement to become a Literacy Tutor.

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