A new grant will soon help give historic homeowners funds for improvements.

The Newburgh Historic Preservation Commission is partnering with Historic Newburgh, Inc. to bring a matching grant program for owners of historic homes in Newburgh's historic district. Newburgh Zoning Administrator Tavi Wydicks said the grant is an effort to fill a gap in current funding options.

Wydicks said there are already grants and other funding opportunities for historic businesses, but there are none for historic homeowners. She said the corporate-funded matching grant will help homeowners renovate or rehabilitate their properties.

"We wanted to be able to give residential property owners the ability to do the work," she said.

Wydicks said there were properties that brought concern, but the commission wanted to help.

"We were looking for a way to help our property owners in the historic district maintain their homes," she said. "We don't want them to feel like we're forcing them to do something. We want to help."

While the grant is still a work in progress, Wydicks said the goal is for the grant to be available within the next few months. She said the commission is working with HNI to connect with donors while applying to grants to get the project started.

"We're still in the first stages," she said.

Wydicks said the grant will be discussed in the Historic Preservation Committee meeting today (Thursday) at 5:45 p.m.

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