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Homeowner Grants

The Sanford Historic Trust is offering modest grants to homeowners for the preservation, protection, and/or restoration of historic elements of the homeowners' historic residence.

In 2024, up to $10,000 will be awarded to Sanford homeowners, with a maximum of $2,500 to any individual!

Apply by October 1

Grant Eligibility

The applicant project must meet all Grant Eligibility criteria, as stated on the application.

  • The structure must be at least 50 years old (built before 1974).
  • The structure must be within Sanford city limits.
  • Grants may be used for exterior or interior projects which preserve the historical structure and nature of design.
  • Membership in the Sanford Historic Trust (SHT) is not required to receive a grant.
  • Grants will be given only to homeowners who have resided in the home for a minimum of two years. Proof of Homestead Exemption will be required.
  • Your acceptance of any grant awards will include permission to use before and after photos of your project for SHT Marketing. Your name and address will not be shared without your express permission. Before photos are required for consideration. If grant is awarded, winners will also need to provide photos at completion.
  • Contractor and/or material estimates will be required.
  • If there are Code Violations for your structure, please include in application.
  • Applicant is responsible for any building permits required by the city.
  • Please submit a copy of the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), if applicable. 
  • Projects within the Sanford Historic District must comply with Schedule S codes. COA may be required for exterior projects. If needed, a copy will be required for distribution of funds. See Historic Preservation Codes
  • For projects outside of the Sanford Historic District, a COA is not necessary.  An application for, and acceptance of, the SHT Grant will not require your home to adhere to Schedule S codes. The Sanford Historic Trust does not regulate or enforce city codes. 

How to Apply

Application may be submitted via email to or printed and mailed to:

Sanford Historic Trust, Attn: Grants
PO Box 536
Sanford, FL  32772

If applying by mail: click here to download and print the application.

If applying by email: include all of the following required information:

2023 Grant Application





Secondary contact info:                                                  

Age of Home: 

Amount requested (maximum: $2,500):

Where did you learn about this grant opportunity?    

  1. Project Description (What will you be renovating/repairing/restoring):

  2. Grant Impact Statement:  Please explain how your project –

    contributes to the historic nature and preservation of your structure, and

    contributes to and enhances the integrity of Sanford’s historic neighborhoods, and

    how any changes promote historic preservation and heritage in the City of Sanford

  3. Estimate of Project cost:
    Include receipts or material costs, and contractor estimates (if available)

  4. Estimated completion date:

  5. Documentation required (a, b & c) and requested if applicable (d & e). Send as email attachments to

    a. Proof or ownership - Copy of Homestead Exemption for a minimum of two years
    b. Estimate for materials and/or Contractor services
    c. Photographs-provide before pictures of your structure (all sides) and project area
    d. Code violations, if applicable
    e. Certificate of Appropriateness, if applicable, prior to Grant award

Grant Evaluation & Awards

Grant Evaluation

  • The grant will be evaluated by a committee of at least 4 SHT Members, including at least 1 SHT Board Member.
  • Points will be given based on the judging criteria for each question. There are 105 points available. Applications that score 50 or more points will be considered.
  • A final review of the top finalists will be conducted, and winners will be determined based on application scoring and amount of funding needed (not to exceed $2,500 per applicant).

Application Timeline

  • Applications are due by October 1, 2023
  • Grants will be awarded at the January 2024 SHT Membership Meeting.
  • Winners will be notified in advance.

Project Completion

Upon completion of the project, provide photographs of the completed project and proof of purchase for materials and services rendered to Photos and receipts must be received by 12/31/24.

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