Grants and Awards for Historic Properties

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Eugene D. Funk Grant Program

This grant program is designed to provide the owners of the historic properties with financial assistance in the preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of exterior architectural features of buildings and structures on such properties. The program is administered by the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission. 

The program provides funding for up to 50% of the total cost of eligible exterior projects, with a maximum grant amount of $5,000 per project.

This grant program is named after Mr. Eugene D. Funk, Jr., former president of the Funk Seeds Company and a prominent community leader, in recognition of his many contributions to the community.  

Any applicant may receive only one grant per fiscal year, per property, except for major restoration projects which may be considered for two. No grant may be applied for or funded for a project which was started or completed in a previous fiscal year.

Please see our Forms and Applications page for instructions, eligibility requirements and forms to apply for this grant. 

510 E Grove - East Grove Historic District

Harriet Fuller Rust Grant Program

The City of Bloomington has committed itself to the continued revitalization of its downtown. The City hopes to encourage private investment in commercial buildings in the downtown area through a program which offers financial incentives to businesses to improve the appearance, safety, structural integrity and quality of their storefronts and buildings as a whole.

This grant program is named after Harriet Fuller Rust, in recognition of her many contributions to the community. She served with many community service organizations including 37 years on the United Way of McLean County board of directors, as a board member and president of Victory Hall Home for Boys, the Advisory Council to the Bloomington Board of Education, Illinois Shakespeare Society Vice President, Illinois Wesleyan University President’s Club President, and the McLean County Historical Society board of directors.

Ms. Rust’s can-do spirit was seen in the aftermath of a fire that damaged the McLean County Historical Society in 1972 and participated in raising $320,000 to get the museum back on its feet. As board president, she accomplished the library material restoration program, expanded the museum’s size, and acquired a 30-year lease on the Old Courthouse building to house the museum.

Ms. Rust is the recipient of many awards, including: the city of Bloomington’s "Preservationist of the Year Award" (1995) and "Illinois Museum Trustee of the Year" (1998).

Please see our Forms and Applications page for instructions, eligibility requirements and forms to apply for this grant. 

115 E Wash

Heritage Awards

The Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission selects Heritage Award winners each year for exceptional work in exterior improvements to structures. There are 5 award categories: Restoration, Rehabilitation, Adaptive Re-Use, Landscape Restoration, and Legacy/Multi-Generational.

Heritage Recognition Award Nomination

Nomination Deadline has been extended until May 30, 2020

2017 Heritage Award Winners

2016 Heritage Award Winners

2015 Heritage Award Winners



For more information about any of the grants or awards, please contact:

City of Bloomington 
Planning Division 
Community Development Department 
115 E. Washington St. 201 
Bloomington, IL 61702 
Phone: 309-434-2226