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Historic Preservation Grants  (
Since 1968, the National Park Service has provided funding for a variety of grant programs aimed at protecting our Nation's most significant historic and cultural sites and our diverse cultural heritage. More than one billion dollars has been awarded to Federal, State, and local governments, Native American Tribes, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for preservation projects in all 50 states and the U.S. Territories.

The Historic Preservation Grants Division is responsible for the administration of the National Park Service's preservation grant programs:Historic Preservation Grants for StatesAmerican Battlefield Protection ProgramHurricane Disaster Relief GrantsJapanese American Confinement Sites grant programNational Center for Preservation Technology and Training grants programNative American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Program grantsPreserve America grant programSave America's Treasures grant programTribal Heritage Grants


National Trust Preservation Funds  - includes funds that provide two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: 1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and (2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies.

Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation  - provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors  - provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors.

Partners in the Field Challenge Grant for Statewide and Local Partners  - transformative challenge grant program to expand preservation field services nationwide. The grant program is a collaboration between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Statewide and Local Partners, funded by a generous gift from Robert Wilson.

Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund  - helps to build the capacity of existing preservation organizations and encourages collaboration among these organizations by providing grants for mentoring and other peer-to-peer and direct organizational development and learning opportunities.

National Trust Loan Fund (NTLF)  - more than 35 years of experience in supporting preservation-based community development projects across the country. As a certified Community Development Financial Institution, it has a mission of providing financial and technical resources to organizations that use historic preservation to support the revitalization of underserved and distressed communities.

Partnership-in-Scholarship Grants  - Partnership-in-Scholarship Grants support collaborative projects between African American Historic Places and college/university scholars. The guidelines and application form (Adobe pdf and MS Word version) are available online at  or through the NTHP Regional Office near you.


Grants for Arts Projects: Design - According to National Endowment for the Arts guidelines, historic preservation organizations that focus on architecture, landscape architecture, or designed objects should apply for funding under this program.



  • American Express® Partners in Preservation grant program - aims to increase public awareness of the importance of historic and environmental conservation, preserve global historic and cultural landmarks, educate visitors on sustainable tourism and strengthen local communities through preservation efforts.
  • American Heritage Preservation Grants - Bank of America is partnering with Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to provide grants to small museums, libraries, and archives. The grants will raise awareness and fund preservation of treasures held in small museums, libraries and archives. 
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - makes grants in six core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship; Scholarly Communications; Research in Information Technology; Museums and Art Conservation; Performing Arts; Conservation and the Environment.
  • Charles E. Peterson Fellowship - In a joint program with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer an annual fellowship that will support the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series.
  • E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship - In an effort to enhance the public's knowledge and understanding of the heritage of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Nantucket Historical Association offers an annual fellowship, the E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship.
  • Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) - offers several grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations to promote professional development, outreach to the public, and publications.
  • Getty Foundation grants - through strategic grants and programs, the Foundation supports projects in Los Angeles and throughout the world that advance the understanding and preservation of the visual arts.
  • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts - project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. 
  • HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship - the Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer.
  • John Coolidge Educational Fund Fellowships - The New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians invites applications for student fellowships supported by the chapter's John Coolidge Educational Fund. Fellowships will be awarded to a graduate student at a New England college or university. 
  • King V. Hostick Award Competition - established by the late manuscript dealer, King V. Hostick, to provide financial assistance to graduate students in history and library science writing dissertations dealing with Illinois.
  • The Kinsman Foundation - at its beginning in 1983, The Kinsman Foundation chose 4 granting areas to pursue. Historic Preservation, originally characterized Historic Preservation and Restoration, continues as a primary interest. In 2006 we recognized that architectural preservation was effectively a focus in this area.
  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) -NHPRC is the grant making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It "supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources relating to the history of the United States." 
  • Nebraska State Historical Society Research Grants - awards up to three research grants of $1,000 each to support the work of scholars pursuing original research and interpretive writing on some aspect of history or archeology of Nebraska or the Great Plains. 
  • Presidential Library Grants - several private foundations associated with our Presidential Libraries provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings. 
  • Save Our History Grant Program - Inspire the youth in your community to become the preservationists of tomorrow. Museums, historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, libraries, and archives are invited to partner with a local school or youth group and apply for funding to help preserve the history of their communities. 
  • Society of Architectural Historians' Study Tour Fellowships - SAH Study Tour Fellowships are open to current PhD students and emerging professionals (within five years of having received a terminal degree). 


  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
  • Foundation Center - national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.
  • - One stop shopping for federal grants. Choose from topics such as: Agriculture, Arts, Business and Commerce, Community Development, Environmental Quality, Housing, Natural Resources, Transportation and many more. 
  • The Grantsmanship Center - founded in 1972 by Norton J. Kiritz to offer grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies.
  • Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award -Since 1994, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has promoted history education through an array of national programs. In 2012, the Institute is pleased to announce a new award program to honor oustanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American History or American Studies.
    Highlights of the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award include: Four-day trip to New York City, June 8-11, 2012, special presentations with eminent history scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives, and a celebratory awards dinner.
    Recipients will be reimbursed for up to $600 for travel expenses to New York, and room and board will be provided during the award weekend.
    Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
    Notification Deadline: April 16, 2012
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