Homeowners who live in Frederick’s historic district may be eligible for financial help if they would like to fix up the front of their homes to restore or maintain their historic appearance.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available from the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, which administers an endowment established in memory of Ruth Converse, a long-time Frederick County resident who died in 2007. Converse had a deep interest in Frederick’s history and wished to keep its original streets looking as they did long ago.

The Converse Family Fund is prepared to help qualified owners of private homes in the historic district carry out such improvements on the building’s façade as painting, repair or replacement of windows and doors, front steps or handrail and removal of historically inappropriate modifications. All work, however, must conform to the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines and have prior approval from the Historic Planning Commission. Homeowners must also demonstrate financial need.

Complete details and an application form are available on the Landmarks Foundation’s website at www.fredericklandmarks.org. Click on “Have An Old House?” and then “Preservation Assistance.”

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