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Grants for Nonprofits : Historic Preservation


A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to historic preservation.

1772 Foundation
http://www.1772foundation.org/
The Foundation, thanks to its original benefactor, the late Stewart B. Kean, provides ongoing support for restoration projects throughout the United States related to farming, industrial development, transportation and unusual historical buildings.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Sources of Financial Assistance for Historic Preservation Projects
http://www.achp.gov/funding.html
The Federal Government supports historic preservation through a variety of funding sources and technical assistance programs. The National Park Service is a major source of support, but preservation assistance is also available, either directly or indirectly, from many other agencies. This guide is a clearinghouse of information on Federal historic preservation support, and also touches upon State, tribal, local, and nonprofit funding sources.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Carls Foundation
http://www.carlsfdn.org/
The principal purpose and mission of the Foundation is to support: (1) Children’s Welfare (primarily in Michigan) including: Health care facilities and programs, with special emphasis on the prevention and treatment of hearing impairment; (2) Recreational, educational and welfare programs especially for children who are disadvantaged for economic and/or health reasons; and (3) Preservation of natural areas, open space and historic buildings and areas having special natural beauty or significance in maintaining America’s heritage and historic ideals, through assistance to land trusts and land conservancies and directly related environmental educational programs.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Detroit Historic District Commission
http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/historic/financial.htm
Currently the Detroit Historic District Commission does not offer any grants or loans for the repair of your historic building. If you live in the Brush Park Historic District, there is a facade grant program, contact the Brush Park Development Corporation at 313-833-4987. State Income Tax Credit Program offers a 25% refund of your interior and exterior rehabilitation costs through your state income taxes. This program is administered by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office. For more information call 517-373-1630 or see their website at http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-18833_18873---,00.html
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Downtown Development Authority
Many towns have established downtown development authorities to provide funding to rehabilitate run down buildings. A Downtown Development Authority is a state-authorized organization that collects a tax and uses it to improve businesses in that district. In the Lansing metropolitan area, cities and towns such as Charlotte, DeWitt, Eaton Rapids, Fowlerville, Grand Ledge, Mason, and Williamston have established DDAs to provide matching funds for storefront facade restorations.

Historic Site Grants Available through the State of Michigan, try the Michigan Electronic Grants Administration and Management System Portal (EGrAMS).

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation
http://www.fitchfoundation.org/
Deadline: Sept. 15
The Foundation will award up to a $25,000 research grant to mid-career professionals who have an advanced or professional degree and at least ten years experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts. Other, smaller grants, up to $10,000, are made at the discretion of the trustees. The grants are intended to support projects of innovative original research or creative design that advance the practice of historic preservation in the United States. These grants are partially made possible in part through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund Board
http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1567_1599_2558-55264--,00.html
The Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund is a fund established for the purpose of providing grants to local qualifying entities to assist in the purchase of development rights of farmland.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program
http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141-54317-57124--,00.html
Includes information about the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program Grants.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141-54317---,00.html
(Last checked 07/15/13)

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/
NCPTT strives to develop and distribute skills and technologies that enhance the preservation, conservation, and interpretation of prehistoric and historic resources throughout the United States. The following research priorities are designed to focus NCPTT's grants program, research, and training:
(1) protect cultural resources against vandalism, looting, terrorism or natural disasters,
(2) conserve architectural materials of the "recent past,"
(3) develop innovative techniques in dating, monitoring, analysis, and remote sensing of archeological sites and artifacts,
(4) develop appropriate technologies to preserve houses of worship and cemeteries,
monitor and evaluate preservation treatments, (5) study environmental effects of pollution on cultural resources, and
(6) document and preserve threatened cultural landscapes.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

National Endowment for the Humanities
45.164 Interpreting America's Historic Places: Implementation Grants
http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/IAHP_Planning.html
Due Date: January 28
Implementation grants for Interpreting America's Historic Places enable organizations to install new or enhanced interpretive programs at places of significance in American history or culture.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions
Deadline : The deadline for the application is May 1 (but be forewarned - applications need to go through Grants.gov and it can take several days to complete the registration process.)
The National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) program is still a best bet for collections care funding for smaller institutions. NEH awards grants of up to $6,000 on a non-matching basis to support the preservation of materials in smaller libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations. Preservation Assistance Grants may be used for:
(1) General preservation assessments
(2) Consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, need, or problem (such as: developing disaster preparedness and response plans; establishing environmental monitoring programs, instituting integrated pest management programs, and developing plans for improving environmental conditions or security or fire protection for collections; studying light levels in exhibition and storage spaces and recommending appropriate methods for controlling light and reducing damage to collections; developing plans for arranging, describing, and addressing the preservation needs of archival and manuscript holdings; developing detailed plans for improving storage or rehousing a collection; and assessing the conservation treatment needs of selected items in a collection.)
(3) Purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies
(4) Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for humanities collections
(5) Education and Training
(Last checked 07/15/13)

National Film Preservation Foundation
http://www.filmpreservation.org/
The National Film Preservation Foundation invites applications for its federally funded Preservation Grants. These cash grants will be awarded to nonprofit and public archives for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials. Most preservation awards will average in value from $3,000 to $5,000.
Also listed under Historic Preservation.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/program.html
Congress established the NHPRC grants program to promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage. Makes grants to state and local archives, colleges and universities, libraries, historical societies, and other nonprofit organizations in the U.S.to help identify, preserve, and provide public access to records, photographs, and other materials that document American history.
Also listed under Arts and Cultural Activities; Humanities.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Digitizing Historical Records
http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digitizing.html
The Commission seeks proposals to test and implement cost-effective methods to scan historical record collections and make digital versions freely available on the Internet. These pilot Digitizing Historical Records projects should develop models that can be used by other archives. Projects must focus on digitizing archival components that consist of nationally-significant materials. Archival components may be entire collections or series. The selected materials should already be processed so that projects can use existing information to create metadata for the digitized collection. The selected materials should include enough records to test the feasibility and value of disseminating large quantities of historical sources based on standard archival methods of description and arrangement (most likely using existing Encoded Archival Description finding aids).
(Last checked 07/15/13)

National Trust for Historic Preservation
http://www.preservationnation.org/index.html
Sponsors a number of programs including: Community Partners Program, Preservation Services Fund, The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. For more information, contact the trust via mail at 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036; telephone: (202) 588-6054; fax: (202) 588-6038; E-mail: commpartners@nthp.org
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Partners for Sacred Places (PSP
http://www.sacredplaces.org/
Partners is the only national, non-sectarian, non-profit organization devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred places.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Preservation Directory
http://www.preservationdirectory.com/PreservationGeneralResources/GrantsFundingSources.aspx
Welcome to the grant and fundraising guide for historic and cultural resource preservation. With so many resources available, our goal is to bring these great financial resources together in one place for the benefit of the preservation community.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Preserve America Grants
http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps/hpg/PreserveAmerica/index.htm
http://www.preserveamerica.gov/
Preserve America grants offer a new type of funding from the Federal Government to support communities that have demonstrated a commitment to recognizing, designating, and protecting local cultural resources. Preserve America grants are designed to support a variety of activities related to heritage tourism and innovative approaches to the use of historic properties as educational and economic assets. This matching grants program began October 1, 2005. These grants are intended to complement the bricks and mortar grants available under the Save America’s Treasures program, and fund research and documentation, interpretation and education, planning, marketing, and training. Eligible recipients for these matching (50/50) grants include State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, designated Preserve America Communities, and Certified Local Governments that are applying for Preserve America Community designation. Individual grants range from $20,000 to $150,000.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

Save America's Treasures Grant Applications
http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/save-americas-treasures/
http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/treasures/
Deadline: May 22
To preserve nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts, and historic structures and sites. These grants are administered by the National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and will be awarded through a competitive process.
Last year(2010), IMLS and its partners awarded 40 grants, totaling $10.52 million. The grants were used to conserve prehistoric artifacts at the Utah Museum of Natural History, collections of Historic Jamestowne and Valley Forge, and the USS Becuna, the only remaining World War II fleet submarine of its class.
Eligible activities : Conservation treatment and preservation of nationally significant intellectual and cultural collections. This includes documents, photographs, books, and works of art on paper.
Award Levels: $25,000 to $700,000 on a 1:1 matching basis.
Note : This year ALL applications must be submitted through Grants.gov, the Federal government grant Web site. Paper applications will not be accepted. Be sure to register EARLY with Grants.gov - the registration process can take up to 3 weeks.
The status of FY 2012 funding will be posted online when there is a change in the status of the FY 2012 appropriations bill (no grants were awarded in 2011).
For additional information contact the NPS at (202) 513-7270, ext. 6, or Save America's Treasures at the National Trust at (202) 588-6202.
(Last checked 07/15/13)

MSU Library visitors can also try searching "Historic Preservation" in the Foundation Directory Online Platinum Database for addition listings and/or "Restoration and Preservation" as a subject in the Grants Database.

 

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