The National Trust Awards Grant Funding for DEIA Initiatives, Preservation Trades, and Pandemic Support

By Lizzy Barringer posted 05-04-2021 14:28


The National Trust Preservation Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s small-dollar grant program, offers a timely look at issues preservation organizations are tackling across the country. Applications to the fund’s February 2021 grant round featured a number of new diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives within preservation organizations as well as continued efforts to tell the full American story at historic sites through expanding interpretation and increasing diversity on the National Register. Organizations are also focusing on establishing preservation trades programs to create new workforces in communities and tackling challenges presented by the pandemic through projects such as virtual educational programming.

In the February round, the National Trust received 52 eligible applications and awarded a total of $157,550 in grants to 35 organizations in 14 states. Read more about these projects below, learn how you can apply to our upcoming June 1 grant round here, and sign up for email reminders about our grant programs here.

February 2021 National Trust Preservation Fund Grant Recipients

REV Birmingham | Birmingham, Alabama
$5,000 to hire a consultant to study and complete the nomination of the Seaboard Air Line Railway Freight Office and Depot to the National Register of Historic Places.

Front elevation of Winsborough Hall, c 2011
Front elevation of Winsborough Hall, c 2011. | Photo credit: Stock photo, Stillman College Archives

Stillman College | Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Stillman College, the 105-acre historically black college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was awarded $5,000 to hire a fundraising consultant for the restoration of Hallie Paxton Winsborough Hall, Stillman’s 1922 women’s dormitory built at the all-male ministerial training school. The building tells the story of the fight for equality; both for African American women seeking an education at an HBCU created for male ministry students, and for African Americans fighting for integration. The building’s existence was born out of the women’s equality movement of the Presbyterian Church and over time served as a gathering space for students during their fight for equality, including one student’s attempt to integrate the all-white University of Alabama, a student bus protests that helped spark the Druid City Bus Boycotts of 1964, and events surrounding Tuscaloosa’s Bloody Tuesday on June 9, 1964.

Stillman College was also a HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Grant Recipient for 2021.

United Evangelical Lutheran Church | Montgomery, Alabama
$2,500 to create a restoration and interpretation plan for the “Graetz Pasonage” as a distinct interpretative site within the Graetz neighborhood beside Rosa Parks’ home at Cleveland Court and within the larger Civil Rights landscape of West Montgomery.

 Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society | Birmingham, Alabama
$3,750 to support the development of the Birmingham Historical Railway Stations Exhibit. 

Vulcan Park Foundation DBA Vulcan Park and Museum | Birmingham, Alabama
$3,500 to support the interpretation of Lone Pine Mine #3, the only publicly accessible mine on Birmingham’s Red Mountain.

Los Angeles Conservancy | Los Angeles, California
$4,150 to hire a consultant to train staff on diversity, equity, and inclusion to enhance LA Conservancy’s anti-racist programming, highlight important BIPOC historic places in LA County, and ensure programming is more inclusive of the region’s population and history.

Museum of Neon Art | Glendale, California
$4,500 to develop tours and educational resources for interpreting the past, present, and future of neon throughout Los Angeles.

Partners for Archaeological Site Stewardship | Long Beach, CA
$4,150 to develop an online and in-person hybrid training workshop for their volunteer site stewardship program.

State Historical Society of Colorado dba. History Colorado | Denver, Colorado
$10,000 to support the implementation of a two-week intensive field school led by the Rocky Mountain Center.

Four Mile Historic Park, Inc. | Denver, Colorado
$5,000 for a historic structure assessment for the Four Mile House, Denver’s oldest standing structure.

Elk County Preservation Society, Inc. | Howard, Kansas
$5,300 to secure mechanical and electrical engineers’ analyses of the Howard National Bank.

Friends of Beauregard-Keyes House | New Orleans, Louisiana
$5,000 for architectural services for the restoration of the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Gardens, which was once home to author Frances Parkinson Keyes.

Laurel Valley Heritage Foundation, Inc. | Thibodaux, Louisiana
$2,000 to support the Laurel Valley Plantation Historic Village’s tourism program, which focuses its storytelling on the slaves and other on-site workers throughout its history.

Oak Street Merchants, Residents and Property Owners | New Orleans, Louisiana
$5,000 to create a historical monograph of Oak Street, a historically significant main street in New Orleans that has seen fast change over the last year. 

HARK | Shreveport, Louisiana
$5,000 to support the HARK History Hunt, an online learning tool and in-person workshop designed to highlight Clementine Hunter’s artwork at Melrose Plantation and encourage artmaking amongst students.

National Preservation Partners Network | Woburn, Massachusetts
$5,000 to hire a consultant to facilitate a strategic and programmatic planning workshop series to guide a three-year plan and develop best practices for its members.

Underground Railroad Society of Cass County | Vandalia, Michigan
$5,000 to complete an engineering study for the James E. Carriage House, a known shelter site for freedom seekers and home of Underground Railroad stationmasters James E. and Sarah B. Bonine.

 City of Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor, Michigan
$3,500 to complete the district designation of the Robert Hayden House, the home of the first Black U.S. Poet Laureate.


A round building with a pool on top with people both in and out of the water. The image is sepia toned with the words "Moore's Memorial Natatorium"
Moores Park Pool, Lansing State Journal Archives. | Courtesy of Historical Society of Greater Lansing

Preservation Lansing | Lansing, Michigan
$5,000 for the architectural assessment of the historic above ground public pool, Moores Park Pool.

African Scientific Research Institute | St. Louis, Missouri
$5,000 to conduct research and oral interviews with individuals who attended Lincoln Jr. High School in Sikeston, Missouri, a site with strong connections to the Great Migration.

Historic City of Jefferson, Inc. | Jefferson City, Missouri
$5,000 to utilize an online mapping system to map and digitize over 1,800 historic buildings in Jefferson City.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park | Cazenovia, New York
$1,400 to support the digitization of the artist and sculptor Dorothy Riester’s archive and collection in collaboration with the Syracuse University Museum Studies program to create an accessible web-based database.

Bosco-Milligan Foundation | Portland, Oregon
$4,300 to support an organization-wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiative that will analyze current practices, develop new standards, and integrate those standards into all aspects of work.

Rhode Island Latino Arts | Central Falls, Rhode Island
$5,000 to create a virtual tour of sites significant to Latinos to further the organization’s work in collecting and preserving the rich Latino history in the industrial city of Central Falls.

Judd Foundation | Marfa, Texas
$5,000 for the development and production of educational materials to accompany the public reopening of Donald Judd’s Architecture Office in Marfa. 

Three men standing in front of a table doing a historic preservation trades demonstration.
A demonstration during one of the historic trade initiative programs put on by the Family Service Association of San Antonio. | Photo courtesy of the Family Service Association of San Antonio

Family Service Association of San Antonio, Inc. | San Antonio, Texas

The Family Service Association of San Antonio, a non-profit tackling the overall health of their community, works with community partners to address social and economic instability and provide resources and support to residents. The organization was awarded $5,000 in funding to support an innovative preservation trades initiative to build the local workforce and conserve existing historic housing stock. Targeting properties in San Antonio’s Westside, a formerly redlined neighborhood where many of the city’s Hispanic residents live, the Family Service Association has partnered with the Office of Historic Preservation's Living Heritage Trades Academy to develop a one-week instruction program on wood window repair and restoration. The program is free for participants and pairs those who complete the program with a reputable contractor for a 10-week paid apprenticeship. Those who successfully complete the apprenticeship will be added to the OHP's "Rehabber Club Certified Contractor List" with the intention of helping them obtain future work.

Dickey Museum & Multipurpose Center Inc. | Taylor, Texas
$2,500 for architectural fees for the restoration of the Dickey House Museum & Multipurpose Community Center, which was home to Dr. James Lee Dickey, a health care and civil rights advocate who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of African Americans in his community.

Preservation Austin | Austin, Texas
$5,000 for staff and board equity training to make a more inclusive, resilient, and meaningful community cultural through preservation.

 Lake Jackson Historical Association | Lake Jackson, Texas
$5,000 for consultant fees for the preservation of the first City Hall of Lake Jackson and Alden B. Dow’s architecture office.

 Preservation Dallas | Dallas, Texas
$5,000 for the expansion of the Pegasus Urban Trails App, which features walking tours of historic sites throughout downtown Dallas.

 Piedmont Environmental Council | Warrenton, Virginia
$3,000 to support a ground penetrating radar survey at the African American cemetery, know as the Brown Cemetery, on Red Cliff Farm.

Belmead on the James, Inc. | Powhatan, Virginia
$5,000 to develop site plans for the adaptive reuse of the land and buildings at the Drexel-Morrell Center.

 Eastside Heritage Center | Bellevue, Washington
$3,000 for a cultural resources survey, which will document historic buildings and sites owned by the City of Bellevue and will ensure better maintenance, recognition of historical status, and more active use by the public to learn and engage with the city’s past.

 Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society | Gig Harbor, Washington
$5,000 to develop an inclusive design strategy that will inform site interpretation plans for the Harbor History Museum, originally known as the native village Twawalcut.

 Makah Cultural and Research Center | Neah Bay, Washington
$5,000 to hire a structural engineering consultant to consult with the U.S. Coast Guard regarding stabilization of the historic Cape Flattery Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building.

Lizzy Barringer is the associate manager, grants & awards, at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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