Cultural Arts Grants
The city's Cultural Arts Commission administers three grant programs to encourage and promote the arts in Elgin.
Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grants
The Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Program provides residential property owners of structures in designated historic districts with reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 for the restoration of exterior architectural features. Applications are typically announced in January with a due date at the end of March. To learn more about the program and download applications, click here.
Fire Sprinkler Assistance for Residential Conversions Grant (Downtown Only)
This program is intended to provide an incentive for property owners to add residential dwelling units downtown. Costs associated with the installation of a new fire sprinkler system in connection with the creation of residential upper floor dwelling unit(s) in existing buildings, or with code-required improvements or upgrades to an existing fire sprinkler system in connection with the creation of residential upper floor dwelling unit(s) in existing buildings, are eligible expenses under this grant in an amount not to exceed $4 per square foot of protected building floor area. The City will waive permit and plan review fees associated with the sprinkler installation as well as any associated tap fees. To learn more about the program and download an application, click here.
- Residential grants are available as funds allow, and administered through the Community Development Department.
- The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program is administered through the Elgin Community Network.