Since 2011, the BHDA Board of Directors has approved various grants as incentives to improve the neighborhood within the Historic District. Four Grants are available to all homeowners, who may apply for one grant in each category annually. Grants are not available to owners of commercial properties or to institutions. Nonmembers who are residents of the district may apply, however, a $40.00 processing fee will be deducted from the grant total. All grants are subject to availability of funds and Board approval. The following documentation must be presented with the grant application: copy of the certificate of appropriateness showing HARB approval, if required; city permit, if required; and a copy of the paid invoice.
Grant One: Street Tree Trimming and Removal BHDA will reimburse 50% of the cost, up to $1000.00 per tree, subject to BHDA Board approval. An additional $250.00 may be approved for stump grinding.
Grant Two: Street Tree Replacement BHDA will reimburse up to $400.00 per tree, subject to BHDA Board approval. Additional information regarding the Tree Program can be found on the BHDA website (bhda.org). Trees that die due to homeowner neglect are not eligible for replacement.
Grant Three: Sidewalk Repair BHDA will reimburse 50% of the cost, up to $5,000.00, subject to BHDA Board approval, with special consideration given to corner properties. The term ‘sidewalk’ will be determined by the city’s definition.
Grant Four: Exterior Lighting BHDA will reimburse 50% of the cost up to $1000.00 for the entire project (installation and fixture), subject to BHDA Board approval. The lighting must cast light on a sidewalk or public way. Also, 100% of the cost of lighting controls and their installation (timers and motion detectors).