The Town is currently offering a Historic Preservation Grant Program to owners of “contributing resources” in the Old Town Bluffton Historic District. These grants will serve to financially assist in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of these structures so that, collectively, these places will continue to represent the history of Bluffton.

Bluffton currently has 82 structures on its list of contributing resources, which means these homes, churches, schools, and other resources (i.e., non-structures which include the Heyward and Huger coves) significantly contribute to Bluffton’s history and tell a story about our collective past. Without these resources, meaningful components of Bluffton’s history would be lost.

Whether you are on Broadway or in Bluffton, the template to attract tourism and economic development all starts with historic preservation. Decades ago, New York’s Broadway District was crime-ridden. Then, the historic preservation of its theatres began – and now look at its decades-long prosperity.

It’s the same template with Bluffton. Preserve your “sense of place” with historic preservation, tell the story of your community and pride, and prosperity follows. Bluffton’s Historic District represents our town’s past, present and future.

Owners of qualifying structures in the Bluffton’s Historic District can now apply for up to $30,000 for residential structures and for up to $20,000 grants for non-residential/commercial structures.

Historic Preservation Grant Applications are available on our Town website at townofbluffton.sc.gov by searching “HP grant program.”

The owners of the 82 contributing structures, as well as members of the public, are invited to an Open House to be held at 6 p.m. May 12 at Town Hall. in Council Chambers. The address is 20 Bridge St.

Glen Umberger, the Town’s historic preservationist, will discuss details about the grant program.

Please RSVP by May 6 by contacting Umberger at gumberger@townofbluffton.com.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. lsulka@townofbluffton.com