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, 2020

  • Apply: Application period is July 1, 2020, through August 3, 2020, 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, 2020
  • Applications are due by Monday, August 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Cycle one of 2021 opens February 1, 2021

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

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Kimberli FitzgeraldHistoric Preservation Officer
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Application assistance

Zachery CardosoAdministrative Analyst ICommunity Development Department