2017 NPF Grant Guidelines

The Neighborhood Preservation Fund, founded in 2010, will allow property owners the opportunity to apply for small grants for the rehabilitation of historical structures in a manner authentic with the original architectural style.

A timeline for the application process will be created annually. Applications are reviewed by an awarding jury of Historic Reno Preservation Society members. Their decisions are final. Priority will be given to projects that complement and enhance original historical neighborhood character and the original architectural style of the structure.

The annual program goal is to fund several grants of up to $5,000 each. The jury reserves the right to fund a larger project of significant impact and value.


  1. Structures must be located within Reno city limits, be at least 50 years old, or of historical and/or architectural significance. Applicants must be Nevada residents.
  2. Grants will be given for exterior improvements only (e.g., front door, front windows, porch details, etc.). Grants are not intended for landscaping projects. Exceptions may be made, on a case by case judgment by the awarding jury, if the landscaping improvement is heirloom and appropriate to the original time frame of the building or has a direct impact on the preservation of the structure.
  3. Improvements must be authentic to the style of the structure. For example, a new door or window for a Craftsman Bungalow, needs to be of Craftsman Bungalow style. Vinyl products are not historically authentic. The NPF grant will not fund vinyl windows. Purchase of or repair of historically appropriate wood or metal framed windows will be funded.
  4. Grant monies must be matched by funds on a 1:1 ratio by the property owner. Exceptions may be made by the judgment of the awarding jury.
  5. All proposals, estimates, and projects must be completed by a licensed contractor. Samples of color schemes, paint chips, roof materials and/or photos of items being requested must be provided with the original application and should be made available in an easily photo-copied form. Seven color copies of the attachments (samples, photos/illustrations of the property, items to be purchased, etc.) must be submitted along with sseven copies of the original application (application, contractor's estimate, etc.). One set of physical samples only is required if funding includes paint chips, roofing samples, etc.
  6. Any work completed through the Neighborhood Preservation Fund must remain with the property if it is transferred or sold.
  7. Awardee acknowledges receiving EPA lead based paint booklet and agrees to sign Hold Harmless Waiver.
  8. The awarding jury is allowed to visit the site for review and feedback for a period of two years for educational purposes.
  9. Work must be completed within 90 days of approval of application, unless otherwise indicated by the awarding jury. If repairs will take longer than 90 days, the applicant should specify the needed time extension in the application. 50% of the grant monies will be given to the awardee prior to commencement of work, the remaining 50% will be given within 30 days of the completion of the project.
  10. Failure to complete work in an agreed upon time frame will negate the grant. The awardee will be required to refund the initial cash award.
  11. Grant requests for commercial projects must have in place all completed city and county permits, zoning, deeds, and property line adjustments.
  12. The property owner agrees to participate in appropriate publicity about the improvements, including photographs of the work. The work may be featured on the HRPS website, in the HRPS newsletter FootPrints and other publications.