SPRINGFIELD HISTORICAL COMMISSION RIDGEWOOD FUND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Introduction Some years ago, the Ridgewood Fund was established with a significant court fine paid by an owner who demolished a house in the Ridgewood Local Historic District without the required certificate from the Springfield Historical Commission (SHC). Most of the fund has been disbursed, but $3,300 remains. The Commission invites applications for the remaining funds. An application is enclosed. Please read this entire document carefully. Refer questions to the Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development at 413-787-6020. Guidelines & Eligibility Properties must be located in the Ridgewood Local Historic District and are structures originally built as one, two, or three family homes. Eligible activities include the repair, restoration or replication of deteriorated or missing historic exterior features. Replication of missing historic exterior features must be evidenced through old photographs. Grants will not exceed $1,500 and require an equal dollar match from the owner. Grantees will be reimbursed for approved work which has been completed and paid in full by the owner. Successful applicants must sign a formal grant agreement before commencing work. Successful applicants agree to submit cancelled checks and copies of paid invoices to document expenses. Work must be completed by June 30, 2013. Timetable Application Due Date:

4PM, August 31, 2012 (postmarks accepted) Send to: Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development 70 Tapley Street Springfield, MA 01104 September 6, 2012 September 13, 2012 (letter by mail)

SHC Review: Applicant Notification:

Additional Information The staff of the Office of Planning and Economic Development will review applications for completeness before forwarding them to the SHC. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the SHC. If grant requests exceed funds available, the SHC will judge applications on the need of the structure. The Commission also will retain the right to award less than $1,500. Decisions on the acceptance or rejection of applications and award amounts are the sole discretion of the SHC as determined by a majority vote of the members of the SHC. After completed work has been inspected by staff of the Office of Planning and Economic Development to ensure the property owner has completed work as stated on the application and has submitted cancelled checks and copies of paid invoices to document work expenses, a reimbursement will be issued.

SPRINGFIELD HISTORICAL COMMISSION RIDGEWOOD FUND APPLICATION
property address

owner name

owner address (if different from above )

owner daytime phone

owner email Budget This is a reimbursement grant. The applicant must pay for the entire project cost before receiving a reimbursement check. This is a one to one matching dollar grant. The applicant must fund at least half of the project cost. In-kind services and “sweat equity” do not count towards the project cost. Total Project Cost: $ Grant Request (not to exceed $1,500 or 50% of total project cost): $ Required Attachments Applicant must include the following attachments in the order listed. Applicants that do not include these attachments in the correct order may not be considered for funding. 1) Concise and accurate description of the proposal to repair or replicate deteriorated or missing historic exterior features (one page maximum) 2) Contractor estimate on company letterhead (list materials and labor) 3) Photograph(s) showing street elevation of entire structure (basement to peak of roof) 4) Photograph(s) showing historic features to be addressed/repaired/restored 5) Old photograph if historic feature no longer exists (only required for missing features) OWNER SIGNATURE _____________________________________________________ DATE______________ Submit completed application by 4PM, August 31, 2012 (postmarks accepted) to: Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development 70 Tapley Street Springfield, MA 01104 Applications lacking any of the above required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the Springfield Historical Commission.