We are thrilled to announce the 2020 recipients of the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. Grants from these two funds will help preserve a diverse range of historic sites across the country. Between the two funds, the National Trust has granted a total of $211,000 to 26 organizations in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors are annual grant opportunities offered by the National Trust 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. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors was established in July 1997 by George P. Mitchell in honor of his wife Cynthia. The purpose of the fund is to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors.
In total, the National Trust received 114 applications, requesting $1,567,587 for planning work, physical preservation, and education and outreach programming for these two funds. Below are the 2020 grantess.
Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation Grant RecipientsWith $95,000 available for funding in 2020, the following 13 projects were selected:
Greater Union Life Center, Inc. | DeLand, Florida
$10,000 for architectural services to restore the J.W. Wright Building and return it to community use.
Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation Inc. | Springfield, Illinois
$10,000 to promote upper story residential conversions above retail properties located in downtown Springfield, President Lincoln's hometown.
Brucemore | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
$7,000 to restore the west porch of the mansion.
City of Midway | Midway, Kentucky
$3,000 to address water infiltration of the Rau Building’s brick exterior.
Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans | New Orleans, Louisiana
$5,000 for Maintain Right, a free program that provides preservation know-how to homeowners.
Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan | Detroit, Michigan
$12,000 for preservation of the historic Albert Kahn House, home to the Detroit Urban League.
Lovington MainStreet | Lovington, New Mexico
$8,000 to restore the Lea Theatre’s sign and marquee.
Friends of Alice Austen House | Staten Island, New York
$7,500 to support marketing for the museum’s new interpretation of Alice Austen’s life and work.
Historic Cherry Hill | Albany, New York
$7,500 for urgently needed roof repairs at Cherry Hill.
Lost Province Center for the Cultural Arts | Lansing, North Carolina
$7,500 to assess the feasibility of establishing a mixed-use arts and cultural center focused on Appalachian arts and crafts.
Cleveland Restoration Society | Cleveland, Ohio
$7,500 to create a companion website to the Cleveland African American Civil Rights Trail.
Newport Restoration Foundation | Newport, Rhode Island
$5,000 for a historic structure report for the William Vernon House.
Aldredge House | Dallas, Texas
$5,000 for a historic structure report for the Historic Aldredge House.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors Grant Recipients
With $116,000 available for funding, the following 13 projects were selected:
Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation | Leadville, Colorado
$5,000 to catalogue and develop a care plan for the theatre’s original 1879 stage sets and curtains.
President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home | Washington, District of Columbia
$7,500 to recreate the faux wood graining of the baseboard, stair risers and doors of the cottage’s vestibule.
Glessner House Museum | Chicago, Illinois
$5,500 to install ultraviolet light blocking window film to protect the house’s interior finishes.
City of Hammond | Hammond, Louisiana
$7,500 to repair flood-damaged flooring in the Miller Memorial Library.
Clinton Church Restoration | Great Barrington, Massachussetts
$8,500 to produce a conservation plan for the interior of the Historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church.
Chevra Kol Israel | Brooklyn, New York
$7,500 to restore the synagogue’s laylight and skylight.
Preserve Rhode Island | Lincoln, Rhode Island
$15,000 to create an interior paint plan that will interpret the evolution of the Valentine Whitman House’s 300 year history.
Edisto Island Open Land Trust | Edisto Island, South Carolina
$15,000 to create an interior preservation plan and replicate missing interior elements of the Hutchinson House.
Branch Museum of Architecture and Design | Richmond, Virginia
$8,000 to restore John Russell Pope’s original plasterwork in the Branch House.
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation | Seattle, Washington
$10,000 to restore the stained and leaded glass windows in the Stimson-Green Mansion.
Liberty Theatre Foundation | LaGrande, Oregon
$10,000 to repair the Liberty Theatre’s auditorium ceiling.
Holt's Chapel Community Center, Inc | Oriental, North Carolina
$6,500 to restore 22 windows in the former Holt’s Chapel Elementary School building.
Christ Episcopal Church | Smithfield, Virginia
$5,000 to remove and restore the church’s stained glass windows as part of a larger restoration project.
Lizzy Barringer is the associate manager, grants & awards, at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.