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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.

American Battlefield Protection
he American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The goals of the program are 1) to protect battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts that influenced the course of our history, 2) to encourage and assist all Americans in planning for the preservation, management, and interpretation of these sites, and 3) to raise awareness of the importance of preserving battlefields and related sites for future generations. The ABPP focuses primarily on land use, cultural resource and site management planning, and public education.
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Carls Foundation
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.
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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
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.
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Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund Board
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.
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Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program
Includes information about the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program Grants.
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Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
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.
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National Endowment for the Humanities
45.164 Interpreting America's Historic Places: Implementation Grants
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.
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National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation Assistance Grant for 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
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National Film Preservation Foundation
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.
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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
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 Humanities.
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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Digitizing Historical Records
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).
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National Trust for Historic Preservation
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
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Partners for Sacred Places (PSP
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.
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Preservation Directory
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.
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Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants
Provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. Since the inception of the grants program in 1994, the National Center has awarded over 300 grants totaling more than $9.1 million in Federal funds.
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Preserve America Grants
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.
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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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