Apply for a Residential Toolbox Grant

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You can get help to enhance or restore a historically-designated residential property through the City’s Residential Toolbox Grant.

Grants awards are up to $1,000 per applicant. If you receive an award, you must provide a dollar-for-dollar match.

Grant funding sources include:

  • Certified Local Government program of the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
  • Private residents
  • City of Salem General Fund


Two application cycles are available each year.

Cycle one is open now.

Apply: Application period is February 1, 2024 through March 1, 2024, or until all grant funds are awarded, whichever occurs first.

Fill out an online application. (English)

Fill out an online application. (Spanish)

To apply, you must submit:

  • Site plan
  • Contractor's signed bid (contractor MUST be Lead Certified)
  • Three to five "before" photos

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2024.

Applications opened on February 1, 2024 and are due by Friday, March 1, 2024, at 5:00 PM.

Cycle two of 2024 opens July 2024

Details to be announced.

Grant guidelines

Application Criteria

The proposed work must meet the following criteria:

  • Enhance or restore the historic nature of, or preserve, renovate or rebuild, the historic aspects of the structure.
  • Meet the design standards in SRC Chapter 230.
  • Be on the exterior facade of an eligible contributing building or is a seismic retrofit that has received a building permit.
  • Comply with state regulations in Lead Safe Practices.
  • Cannot have any historic code violations in the last year.


Planning Division staff has the authority to grant one extension to the required completion date.

While work is being completed, you must post a Salem Heritage sign on your property.

Application assistance

Zachery Cardoso
Administrative Analyst I
Community Development Department
Phone: 503-540-2304