Historic Preservation Grants and Historic Education Grants

Grant Cycle for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 is Now Open

The City of Lake Oswego is now accepting applications for Historic Preservation Grants and Historic Education Grants.  The information provided below is an overview, additional information can be found in the Grant Guidelines.  The deadline for both grants will be 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2024.



Historic Preservation Grant

Grants of up to $5,000 per project will be available. Funding is limited and grant awards will be based on the priorities below. Grants are considered taxable income and must be reported on your income tax return. The project must be completed with all paperwork submitted by June 1, 2025.

Eligibility Requirements

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for the matching grant:

  1. The building must be on the City’s Landmark Designation List or National Register.  Please contact Paul Espe to determine if your house or building is on the Landmark Designation List (LDL).  Structures that are not on the LDL are not eligible.
  2. Grants must have a minimum match of 50%. Personal labor or “sweat equity” may count towards your match.
  3. All work must be performed on the exterior of the structure, and cannot be new construction or an addition.
  4. Projects must meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and must be consistent with Lake Oswego Code, Chapter 58 (Historic Preservation).
  5. The repair and/or restoration of missing or altered historic features requires accurate replication of composition, design, texture and other visual qualities substantiated by original plans, photographs or other physical evidence.
  6. Grants are not awarded for materials already purchased or for work that is already in progress or completed.
  7. Grants are not awarded for projects that solely involve repainting or change in paint color.  Painting may be a part of the repair and preparation.

Historic Education Grant

Historic Education Grants serve to elevate community awareness of the forces, events and stories that shaped Lake Oswego through the creation of educational materials and programs. Up to $2,000 will be available.

Eligibility Requirements

The following criteria must be met:

  1. Projects must provide a public benefit to the Lake Oswego community.
  2. For physical installations, projects should be located on public land within the boundaries of a City-recognized Neighborhood Association.
  3. Physical improvements located on private land in a publicly-prominent location may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Applicants must identify and provide detail on who will be responsible for completing the work.
  5. Groups interested in applying for a grant are required to review their project with the grant program coordinator prior to application submittal.
  6. In order to ensure accountability for public funds granted through the grant process, grant recipients are expected to have the capacity (capital or credit) to make their own purchases, follow the grant requirements, and request reimbursement from the City.
  7. Projects must be completed before reimbursements are processed.

Contact Information

Grant Program Coordinator:

Paul Espe, Associate Planner
Email: pespe@lakeoswego.city
Phone: (503) 697-6577

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