Building and Structures

Criteria for Buildings and Structures Grants

For the purposes of this grant program, a building or structure shall be considered historic if it is more than 50 years old and has a documentable significance to the history of a Montana community or region. Properties should also retain sufficient integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship and other attributes that allow them to convey their significance. In some cases the proposed work may improve a property’s integrity.

Ideally the historic building or structure projects will also:

  • be associated with events that are significant to Montana history
  • be associated with the lives of a person(s) significant to Montana history
  • embody the distinctive architectural characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction unique to Montana
  • represent the work of a master or possess high artistic value
  • be threatened or endangered

Grant projects should focus on the following areas:

  • Restoration or preservation of original features of the structure (architectural or decorative)
  • Survey and/or assessment of an historically significant structure or group of structures
  • Research about an historically significant structure or group of structures

Some examples of eligible projects include:

  • One-room schoolhouse restorations (re-roofing, window replacement or repair, etc.)
  • Stabilizing or repairing the foundation of an historic building
  • Restoration of historically significant stained glass windows
  • Preservation or restoration of an industrial structure (fire tower, kiln, water tank)
  • Restoration of exterior decorative features on a building facade

In most cases, the MHF Grants Program does not fund:

  • New construction
  • Renovation of interior features of the structure
  • Landscaping and/or grounds maintenance
  • Restoration of a private residence
  • Restoration or preservation of a religious structure currently in use by an active congregation
  • General operating costs such as mortgage payments, rent, general maintenance, or utilities


NOTE: If the building or structure identified in the proposal is not owned by the organization applying for funds, a letter of support and approval from the owner(s) must be submitted with the application.