The State Historic Preservation Office has developed two new grant programs to aid with the repair and restoration of historic properties damaged by Super Storm Sandy, city officials said in a prepared release.

Funds will be available to reimburse property owners who have completed appropriate repairs on eligible properties. The second program assists properties that remain in need of repairs.

Any property over 50 years of age that is either listed on the Natural Register or eligible for listing is potentially eligible for this grant. Properties over 50 years old and located in areas that might qualify as historic districts are also eligible.

The purpose of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historic Properties is to provide technical assistance and emergency repairs to historic and archaeological resources in counties impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Only hurricane related damage is eligible for grant assistance.

The Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, on behalf of the National Park Service, offers grant assistance ranging from $2,500 to $500,000 for the restoration of properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The State Historic Preservation Office will be hosting a public information session on Wednesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 110 River Street.

For further information go to cultureandtourism.org, or contact Tom Ivers, block grant coordinator, 203-783-3230.