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Historical Preservation Grant Opportunities

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 @ 17:02 PM / by Alisyn Franzen

Instead of tearing down the old and rebuilding brand new, many people strive to preserve our nation’s historical treasures. With so many organizations facing budget cuts, finding money to preserve such treasures can be difficult and time-consuming. In this blog article, we highlight a select few of the many organizations and agencies that provide historical preservation grants. If you need assistance finding additional historical preservation funding, contact us today. We can do the difficult and time-consuming work for you and help you throughout all parts of the grant writing process.

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) offers matching grants to state governments. These grants can be used to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties. Funding may include costs of surveys, planning technical assistance, acquiring property, development, and more. Awards range from $10,000 - $2,000,000. For more information, see the Historic Preservation Grants for States website.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2013


The NationaHistorical preservation grantl Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Fund (NTHP) has several separate funds that support various aspects of historical preservation. Beginning in 2012, the NTHP required that all applicants be members of the National Trust at the Forum. To learn more or to join the forum, visit its website.

Each of NTHP’s funds has specific requirements for eligibility and matching funds. For general information on how matching funds are used in grants, see our previous blogs (“Matching Funds and Grant Writing,” “More Tips on Matching Funds for Grants,” and “Tips on Finding Matching Funds for Grants”), or ask a grant expert a question at no charge.

  1. National Trust Preservation Funds provides assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. According to their website, these grants “encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects.” Most funding is in support of planning activities and educational programs to engage new audiences in preservation. Awards range from $2,500 - $5,000. DEADLINES: February 1, June 1, and October 1 of each year.
  2. The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation assists nonprofit organizations and public agencies with projects that “contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of the place.” Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000. Selection is competitive and the review process is usually completed within 8-12 weeks of the deadline. DEADLINE: May 1, 2013.
  3. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors assists nonprofit organization and public agencies with “the preservation and interpretation of historic interiors.” Grants can be used for professional expertise, print and video communication materials, and educational programs. Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000. Selection is competitive and the review process is usually completed within 8-12 weeks of the deadline. DEADLINE: May 1, 2013.
  4. The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund assists in expanding existing nonprofit preservation organization and collaboration between organizations by providing grants for mentoring and other peer-to-peer development and learning opportunities. Funds may reimburse travel costs, among other items. Awards are for a maximum of $1,500. There is not a separate website for this fund. However, the fund requests that anyone wanting more information or an application contact them by email at or call them at 202-588-6277. DEADLINE: Not published.
  5. The Southwest Intervention Fund assists in “preservation efforts of the traditional cultures of the Southwest region.” Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, West Texas, and Utah are eligible for these grants. Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000. DEADLINES: February 1, June 1, and October 1 of each year.
  6. For a full list of NTHP’s other funding opportunities, click here.

Remember, we are here to help you. If you would like more assistance on finding historical grant opportunities or historical grant funding, contact our experts today. You can also join our free Watch List, and we will send you more grant opportunities as they come available.


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