Facade Improvement Grant

The Centre Park Historic District, Inc. (CPHD) in support of its mission “to promote historic preservation and enhance neighborhood living” has created a Façade Improvement Grant Program. This program provides modest financial assistance for front façade improvements to owner occupied properties within the boundaries of the Centre Park Historic District. In addition to the Façade Improvement Grant, CPHD is also working with Reading Specialists Education Association in a program they created called Safe Restorations – Build a Better Future. This program may be able to help complete minor exterior restorations. Both programs require submission of an application. A committee will review all applications. Acceptance of an application for either program is at the discretion of the committee.

Application Policies and Procedures:
Below we have outlined the policies and procedures for the Grant. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CPHD Executive Director Mike Lauter at 484-269-6718 or stop in at our office located at 705 North 5th Street. Office hours are 9am – 2pm on Sundays and 2pm – 6pm on Mondays.

• The grant is for owner occupied properties in Centre Park Historic District
• The grant is specifically for front façade projects only. (The front view of your home)
• Grants will be up to $500.00 per property

• A complete application must be submitted by 5:00 pm June 1, 2017 to the CPHD office
• Please be as specific as possible when discussing your plan for your project. (including pictures, paint colors, estimated costs, techniques, etc.)
• The project must be approved by the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB)

• Notification of acceptance of your application will be on or before June 3, 2019
• Grant recipients (chosen applicants) will be notified on or before June 15, 2019
• A committee member will meet with you prior to work starting to review the scope of your project.
• Projects must be completed on or before December 15, 2019.
• Please notify us by email at centreparkhistoricdistrict@gmail.com or by phone 484-269-6718 when your project is complete.
• A member of our committee will meet with you to review your projects success.
• Grant monies will be disbursed (within 7-10 days) to the homeowner after the project has been completed.

Completion Celebration:
• All recipients of the grant, along with their families will be invited to a show & tell celebration after completion of their projects at the CPHD headquarters. We look forward to seeing all that you have done to improve your home and our neighborhood!