The restoration of historic buildings keeps economic and cultural activity in town centers, reinforces Vermont’s traditional settlement pattern, and promotes continued community use. VHCB has assisted with the preservation of more than 74 outstanding historic buildings with public use around the state. Historic buildings acquired and/or rehabilitated with VHCB funding are protected by a Historic Preservation Easement held by VHCB and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.
Much of the housing developed with VHCB funding is in historic buildings in downtowns and village centers. These buildings are rehabilitated to retain historic features and to improve energy efficiency. VHCB also funds the adaptive reuse of buildings such as vacant schools or commercial buildings converted into affordable housing.
To apply for funding to acquire and/or restore a historic building with public use, contact VHCB conservation staff for a determination of which funding category to pursue. Relevant policies may include: