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The National Trust for Historic Preservation:  Funding History

by Sherie Sanders on November 21, 2016
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Blue Door in an Article About The National Trust for Historic Preservation FundsIntrinsic value, hidden treasures, reminders of a city’s unique identity, the perfect spot for a restaurant or specialty shop, a connection to the past. These are only some of the reasons why saving old buildings is a worthwhile quest. The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is a privately funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to doing just that. Its small grant program awards between $2,500 and $5,000 to local governments and other organizations for planning, advocacy, and community education related to historic preservation.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation: National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF)

The purpose of this program is to provide seed money to spark interest in preservation. Planning, public education, providing local groups with technical expertise, and collaborating with the private sector are among its goals. There are two different categories in this program that are eligible for funding: planning and education and outreach.

Eligible Uses for Planning Funds Include:
  • Hiring professional architects or landscape architects to produce historic structure reports or landscape master plans
  • Hiring preservation planners to develop design guidelines for historic districts
  • Feasibility studies for the reuse of threatened buildings
  • Forums for community input into the future of historic neighborhoods
Eligible Uses for Education and Outreach Funds Include:
  • Speaking and consulting fees
  • Faculty costs for educational programs and conferences
  • Distributing and developing educational outreach
  • Printing, photos, phone and supply costs


Selected Past Recipients of National Trust Preservation Funds

  • Flagler College was awarded a $3,500 grant for Lisa Craig, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Annapolis, to conduct workshops on historic preservation in light of sea level rise. Ultimately, their purpose is to use St. Augustine as a model for resiliency for other southern coastal communities.
  • Preserve Arkansas received a $5,000 grant to hire an architect to determine the condition of the Clarksville National Guard Armory, provide an estimate for its rehabilitation and explore future uses for the building.
  • Missouri State University garnered $5,000 for Project MO Tell, a mobile archive that tells the story of Route 66 motels from St. Louis to Joplin.
  • The Alabama Historical Society acquired a NTFP grant to help visitors learn about the Freedom Riders on tours of the Freedom Ride Museum in the Historic Greyhound Bus Station, or online via their smartphones.


Applying for National Trust Preservation Funds

Eligible applicants include state and local governments and nonprofits. Applicants must be a member of NTHP at either the organizational Forum or National Mainstream Network level. In 2017, there are three due dates, February 1, June 1 and October 2. See the eligibility page for further guidelines.

Further Resources

NTHP offers a variety resources for those interested in historic preservation. They offer nine more programs that provide funding, from emergency/intervention assistance, to capacity building to grants just for small towns and specific geographic locations. A webinar is also available to provide more information on the types of programs available and tips for the application process.


Free Seek and Find Puzzle

Will you find yourself  in long lines at the airport this week? Want a break from your smartphone? Here is a seek and find puzzle of the 26 federal grant making agencies. Just click below:

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