Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization

P.O. Box 164, Butte, MT 59703

Historic Improvement Project (HIP) - Grant Guidelines

A historic house in uptown Butte, MT

One of Butte's greatest treasures is its historic structures, large and small. Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings in Butte, has set aside a portion of its revenue for grants to eligible applicants for facade improvements. The goal of the Historic Improvement Program of Butte CPR is to preserve and promote the structural integrity and historic character of exterior architecture of historic buildings in Butte. Butte CPR defines historic buildings as structures built during or before 1950.

Since 1997, Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization has supported 82 grant applications for a total of over $50,000. That funding leveraged over $250,000 in local labor and material purchases. All of these funds are generated by donations and other CPR programs. None of the money is from government grants or agencies. Specific sponsorship by the Butte Board of Realtors at $500 per year for 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 and by U.S. Bank Community Foundation for $1000 in 2008 and 2010, the Butte-Silver Bow Community Foundation for $500 for 2010, and more than $4600 from the Vernacular Architecture Forum in 2010 is gratefully acknowledged.

Previous Awardees

The award committee designates one or more grant(s) per year to be awarded to either residential or commercial applicants who meet the appropriate criteria. To be considered appropriate for an award, improvements must be compatible with the historic character of the building and must be visible from the streetscape.

The deadline for 2019 grant applications is May 1, 2019. Please dowlownload the HIP Grant Guidelines and Application here. HIP Grant Guidelines and Application

Download examples of projects that were funded (note that these PDFs are black & white - projects involving color need to include color chips): Download Example 1, Download Example 2

  1. architectural detail Eligible activities include:
    1. exterior painting, historic masonry and stucco re-pointing, cleaning, and repair.
    2. replacement or repair of original architectural features (e.g. cornices).
    3. other improvements to windows, awnings and doors.
  2. Architectural detail in Butte, MT Ineligible activities include:
    1. interior renovations
    2. routine roof and chimney repair, unless they are major design elements
    3. vinyl or aluminum siding over existing repairable wood siding
    4. substantial reconstruction of structural elements
    5. interior plumbing and electrical work
    6. projects which fail to meet all the HIP grant requirements
  3. Architectural detail in Butte, MT If applicants do not own the building, written permission from the owner is required.
  4. Approval of the application by the committee is contingent upon approval of the plans and specifications, based on the improvement of the historical value of the structure. Applications will be reviewed by committee within 30 days of the application deadline. If approved, the applicant is eligible to be considered for a grant. Grant amounts typically range between $300 and $2,000.
    This is a competitive grant process. Available funds do not generally allow funding of all proposals.
  5. architectural detail Project estimates will be reviewed to establish a grant figure. All or portions of the grant may be used. Butte CPR will not reimburse for items not covered in the project proposal or any work that is in excess of the grant award.
  6. Grant funds will be paid by reimbursement of receipts for materials (paint, bricks, wood, stucco, plaster, cement, etc.) or services. Grantees must submit receipts to Butte CPR after the material has been applied or installed. A project must be completed for reimbursement. After checking that the receipted material has been applied or installed according to the grantee's plan, CPR will issue a check for the amount of the receipt(s).
  7. Architectural detail in Butte, MT Grant recipients will agree to display in a visible location and while the facade project is in progress, a sign indicating financial assistance from Butte CPR. Recipients will also allow Butte CPR to display before and after photographs of the project for educational or promotional purposes.
  8. Grant recipients can apply for up to $2,000 per property address in facade work from CPR in a five-year period.
  9. All projects must be completed within eighteen (18) months of award of the grant. Any grant funds not spent within 18 months of award will be forfeited by grantee. A grant extension can be requested for extenuating circumstances. To do so, you must make a request in writing within the 18 months.
  10. Architectural detail in Butte, MT Recipients of awards who significantly change a design, color scheme, etc. from the original application must submit the change(s) to CPR before beginning the project in order to maintain eligibility for the award.
  11. All grant monies of any amount are considered income by the IRS, and CPR is required to file 1099-MISC forms for any award of $600.00 or greater. Awards that equal or exceed $600.00 will require submission of an appropriate identification number (for example SSN or EIN whichever is applicable) before the reimbursement can be paid.


The selection committee will give preference to applications which meet grant guidelines and those that improve the historic nature according to the following criteria:

Application Instructions

Grant awards are contingent upon approval of project design by the HIP Committee and the Butte CPR Board of Directors. The applicant is responsible for having a complete application and required documentation. In all cases, the applicant shall submit a presentation that informs the committee and the Butte CPR Board members of all aspects of the design intent, implementation and construction. Applications become the property of Butte CPR and will not be returned. If you have any questions, e-mail or write to Butte CPR (P.O. Box 164, Butte, MT 59703) and ask about the Historic Improvement Program grant.

Completed applications should be submitted by mail to Butte CPR, P.O. Box 164, Butte, MT 59701. Contact Larry Smith @ uptownlarry.smith@gmail.com with questions

Application Requirements

2019 DEADLINE: May 1, 2019.

The applicant shall prepare design documents that fully explain the design, intent, implementation and construction of the proposed project. Please see above for the Guidelines and Application.a>