On Dec. 4, 2013, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs received notification from the National Park Service that the state had been awarded $1 million in federal funds to be re-granted to Delaware historic properties that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The grant-application process will be administered by the division’s State Historic Preservation Office.

Hurricane Sandy satellite image
Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast of the United States.

Guidelines and application forms for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties will be posted on this website in early 2014 after program details are finalized with the National Park Service. Until that time, call the division office at 302-736-7400 for more information.

To be eligible for funding, a storm-damaged property must be: listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places; owned by private individuals or organizations (excepting religious entities), local governments or the state; and have documented damage that resulted from the effects of the storm. Repair work funded by the grants must also be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and in compliance with a number of other state and federal regulations. Already-completed projects may be eligible for funding if they meet applicable regulations.

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties are funded under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, a $50.7 billion package of disaster assistance largely focused on responding to the effects of the destructive storm that struck the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. Hurricane Sandy prompted major disaster declarations in the District of Columbia and 12 states, including Delaware. As part of the act, Congress appropriated $50 million to cover the costs of preserving and/or rehabilitating historic properties damaged by the storm.