Special Programs

Special Grant Programs

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund - Eastern Shore of Maryland
Battlefield Preservation Fund
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors
Emergency/Intervention Funding
Hart Family Fund for Small Towns
Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund - Mid-Atlantic States
Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
The Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer Preservation Fund for Kentucky
Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania
National Fund for Sacred Places
Peter Grant Fund for Colorado
Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund
Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawai’i
Southwest Intervention Fund- Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, West Texas
Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools


African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American cultural heritage. The fund supports Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation.


Grants made from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will range from $50,000 to $150,000. 

Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund

Grants from the Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are designed to encourage preservation at the local level by providing money for the acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of historic landmarks and memorials on the Eastern Shore of Maryland used solely for public educational charitable purposes.  These grants enable local groups to respond proactively to a preservation challenge by providing funding for property acquisition, bricks and mortar preservation, and technical assistance, while building public awareness of the value of preserving the Eastern Shore’s unique heritage.  The late Bartus Trew, a long-time resident of Chestertown, Maryland, and owner of historic Providence Plantation, provided a generous gift to the National Trust for Historic Preservation which established the Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund.

Approximately $70,000 is available annually for awards.  Grant applications in the range of $5,000 - $25,000 will be accepted.

Battlefield Preservation Fund

In 2005, the National Trust received a generous bequest from the estate of Dorothy McGee for the preservation of battlefields in the United States. Grants from the Battlefield Preservation Fund will serve as a catalyst to stimulate efforts to preserve battlefields, viewsheds, and related historic structures and to leverage fund-raising activities.  While efforts involving battlefields associated with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the French and Indian Wars, and other battles fought in the United States are eligible for funding, priority will be given to those that have limited access to other specialized battlefield funding programs.

Typical uses of grants from the fund include legal and research fees to mitigate development threats, fund-raising and media plans, feasibility studies for endangered buildings and sites, archeological studies, landscape research and planning, viewshed protection, easement planning, and interpretation and heritage education activities.

The Battlefield Preservation Fund will follow the same guidelines and use the same application as the National Trust Preservation Fund.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors

In July 1997, George P. Mitchell made a generous gift to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to establish the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors in honor of his wife.  The purpose of the fund is to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors.

Grants from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors generally range from $2,500 to $15,000.  The selection process is very competitive.  The review process is generally completed within three months of the application deadline, and applicants are notified via email once the review process is complete.

Emergency/Intervention Funding

Intervention funding from the National Trust is awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when a fire or other natural disaster strikes. Funding is restricted to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Emergency grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, but unlike the majority of our grant funding, a cash match is not required for intervention projects.

Read more about the process for intervention grants here.  Then contact us if you believe your project qualifies for this type of funding. Please note: our emergency funding is very limited. 

Hart Family Fund for Small Towns

Grants from the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects in small towns. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector.

Grants from the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns generally range from $2,500 to $15,000. Eligible towns must have current populations of less than 10,000 people. The selection process is very competitive. The review process is generally completed within three months of the application deadline, and applicants are notified via email once the review process is complete.

Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund

The Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund was established in November 1996 in recognition of Dr. Jordan’s distinguished service to the National Trust and his visionary leadership of the national preservation movement.

The endowed fund supports innovative projects and programs in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Individual awards typically range from $1,000 to $2,000, but applicants can apply for up to $5,000.

Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation

In July 1994, the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation was created in honor of Johanna Favrot’s 80th birthday.  The fund aims to save historic environments in order to foster an appreciation of our nation’s diverse cultural heritage and to preserve and revitalize the livability of the nation’s communities.

Grants from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation generally range from $2,500 to $15,000.  The selection process is very competitive. The review process is generally completed within three months of the application deadline, and applicants are notified via email once the review process is complete.

The Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer Preservation Fund for Kentucky

The Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer Preservation Fund for Kentucky supports the preservation of historic buildings, communities and landscapes in the state of Kentucky. Bricks and mortar projects are eligible for funding.

Grants made from the Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer Preservation Fund for Kentucky will normally range from $2,500 to $10,000. This fund has three annual deadlines of February 1, June 1, and October 1, and uses the same application as the National Trust Preservation Fund. It is anticipated that the total amount of grant funding available from the endowment will be $13,000 each year. 

Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania

In June 2007, the Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania was created thanks to a generous gift from Louis J. Appell, Jr.  Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania are designed to encourage preservation at the local level by providing money for the maintenance and preservation of historic places in Central Pennsylvania.

These grants enable local groups to respond proactively to a preservation challenge by providing funding for bricks and mortar preservation and technical assistance, while building public awareness of the value of preserving Central Pennsylvania’s unique heritage. Grant applications in the range of $5,000 - $15,000 will be accepted. 

National Fund for Sacred Places

Sacred places have played a critical role in shaping the character of our communities—receive grant funding to keep these historic places as an important part of our national cultural heritage. The National Fund for Sacred Places provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 for congregations of all faiths. Letter of Intent deadline is May 1, 2017. Visit www.FundforSacredPlaces.org for more details, including eligibility requirements, guidelines, and online application. The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in collaboration with Partners for Sacred Places.

Peter Grant Fund for Colorado

In 2004, the National Trust received a gift from the Gates Family Foundation in recognition of William W. “Peter” Grant’s outstanding service as a trustee of the Foundation from 1978 to 2003 and to honor his lifelong devotion to historic preservation in Colorado. Additional gifts from individuals and businesses created the Peter Grant Preservation Fund for Colorado.

Grants from this fund will help preserve and enhance historic places in Colorado for future generations. Bricks and mortar projects are eligible for funding.

Grants made from the Peter Grant Preservation Fund for Colorado will normally range from $1,000 to $10,000. This fund has three annual deadlines of February 1, June 1, and October 1, and uses the same application as the National Trust Preservation Fund

The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund

The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund helps build the capacity of existing nonprofit 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. The purpose of these grants is to support the leadership and effectiveness of staff and board members of preservation organizations to fulfill their mission and to create a stronger, more effective preservation movement.

Grants from the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund reimburse travel costs and provide an honorarium for the mentor up to a maximum total of $2,500. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawai’i

In 2008, the National Trust partnered with the Historic Hawai’i Foundation to raise dedicated funds for preservation projects in Hawai’i. The result of this fundraising is the Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawai’i. Grants from this fund will help preserve and enhance historic places in Hawai’i for future generations. Bricks and mortar projects are eligible for funding. Grants made from the Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawai’i range from $2,500 to $10,000. The endowment and all grants awarded from the fund will be managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in cooperation with the Historic Hawai’i Foundation. This fund has three annual deadlines of February 1, June 1, and October 1, and uses the same application as the National Trust Preservation Fund.

The Southwest Intervention Fund

Grants from the National Trust’s Southwest Intervention Fund are intended to further preservation efforts of the traditional cultures of the Southwest region, exclusively in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, West Texas* and Utah. The Fund provides support for preservation planning efforts and enables prompt responses to emergency threats or opportunities in the eligible states. Local partners, nonprofit organizations and government agencies that have strategic opportunities to save sites or help jumpstart preservation projects are eligible for the Fund’s small, catalytic grants. Grants generally range from $2,500 to $10,000.

Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools

Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools are designed to advance ongoing Rosenwald School preservation planning activities. Preference is given to projects related to Rosenwald Schools located in Tennessee. The fund supports, but is not limited to, projects such as preservation planning, engineering studies, architectural plans, archeology, and research that advance the preservation of Rosenwald School buildings. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and grants range from $500 to $5,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar match.