Apply for a Residential Toolbox Grant

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You can get help to enhance or restore a historically-designated residential property through the City’s Residential Toolbox Grant.

Grants awards are up to $1,000 per applicant, and if you get an award, you must provide a dollar-for-dollar match.

Grant funding sources include:


Two application cycles are available each year.

Cycle two opens July 1, 2021

  • Apply: Application period is July 1, 2021, through July 30, 2021, or until all grant funds are awarded, whichever occurs first.
  • To apply, you must submit:

        • Completed application
        • Site plan
        • Contractor's signed bid (Contractor MUST be Lead Certified)
        • Three to five "before" photos
    • Project completion: Projects must be completed by November 30, 2021
    • Applications are due by Friday, July 30, 2021, at 5 p.m.

    Cycle one of 2022 opens February, 2022

    Grant guidelines

    Application Criteria

    The proposed work must meet the following criteria:

    • Enhance or restore the historic nature of, or preserve, renovate or rebuild, the historic aspects of the structure.
    • Meet the design standards in SRC Chapter 230.
    • Be on the exterior facade of an eligible contributing building or is a seismic retrofit that has received a building permit.
    • Be completed by a licensed contractor certified in Lead Safe Practices.


    Planning Division staff has the authority to grant one extension to the required completion date.

    While work is being completed, you must post a Salem Heritage sign on your property.

    Man and child in front of house.

    2018 Grant for rear entrance steps repair

    Contact us

    Kimberli FitzgeraldHistoric Preservation Officer
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    Application assistance

    Zachery CardosoAdministrative Analyst ICommunity Development Department