Curb Appeal Matching Grants

Looking to add curb appeal to your historic home? Imagine how inviting your front porch could be with fresh paint and a new front door. Or imagine dressing up your yard with a white picket fence. Or imagine the house painted with its architectural features defined through style and color.


Look no further than Preservation of Wilson and their Visual Improvement Matching Grant Program designed to provide property owners an economic incentive to enhance the exterior of their property and help enhance the city’s historic districts. “These improvements will be funded by your contributions to Preservation of Wilson and shows our dedication to the future of our historic community.” said past-president, Buck Yelverton.

Grant recipients are eligible for up to $2,000 in matching grant funds for projects such as exterior painting, fences, porches, window repair, front doors, garage doors, and other visual improvements which restore the integrity of the historic structure and add curb appeal to the neighborhoods. “The appearance of one house affects the surrounding neighborhood. Preservation of Wilson has targeted areas where there is rehabilitation of a house or neighborhood going on and is trying to support these efforts by encouraging others to improve the appearance of their home,” said Ann Brice, member and past chair of the properties committee.

This is a matching grant program for homeowners with no award greater than $2,000 and with no minimum investment required. It is a reimbursement grant, but in the case of economic hardship, Preservation of Wilson will pay the vendor directly after the match has been paid by the homeowner. “We want to make sure we leverage our funds to assist those who might not have the match they need.” says Preservation executive director, Kathy Bethune.

There are an increased number of properties under rehabilitation and the Curb Appeal Matching Grant program is helping to reduce some of those costs. We want to share this news of folks who are part of the neighborhood as we share the story of the historic structure and travel through the renovation experience with them.

SOLD - March 2011
$19,000
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210 Moss Street210 Moss Street

This Colonial Revival house was built in 1913. It is a large two-story home with great potential. There are four bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs. The porch has one of the best views in Wilson. Curb Appeal Matching Grant helped with the cost of having the exterior of the house painted.
SOLD January 2012
$20,000
"Save this Old House"

This Old House Magazine,
June, 2011
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304 W. Vance Street304 W. Vance Street

The Gold Harrell House is an impressive Queen Ann style house built circa 1884 for prominent Wilson minister and publisher Pleasant Daniel Gold (1833-1920) by one of Wilson’s foremost builders, James W. Wilkins. Curb Appeal Matching Grant helped with the cost of enhancing the front porch and new doors for the garage.
SOLD April 2011
$33,000
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516 Vance Street

Circa 1908, this Queen Anne style residence is located in the Old Wilson Historic District and near to Barton College. The Curb Appeal Matching Grant helped with the cost of installing six new wooden windows.
SOLD August 2015
$70,000
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501 Broad Street501 Broad Street

Built in 1898, this outstanding flamboyant Queen Anne style architecture was designed by nationally-known architect George Barber. Original mantels, stair banister and newel posts remain. Turned spindle decoration remains over the door that leads from the hall to the rear of the house. Curb Appeal Matching Grant helped with the cost of installing a new white pitched fence.

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