National Trust Awards $275,173 in Funding from Alabama to Washington

By Lizzy Barringer posted 04-20-2022 15:42


The National Trust Preservation Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s small dollar grant program, has been providing catalytic funding to organizations across the country for more than 50 years.

In the February 2022 round, the National Trust received 64 eligible applications and awarded a total of $275,173 in grants to 47 organizations in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about these projects below, and learn how you can apply to our June 1 grant round here and sign up for email reminders about our grant programs here

February 2022 National Trust Preservation Fund Grant Recipients

The David and Channie Hall Foundation | Selma, Alabama

$5,000 to hire experts to gather oral histories and complete an archaeological survey to preserve information and artifacts related to Campsite 1 of the 1965 Voting Rights March.

The Holland Project | Bessemer, Alabama

$5,000 to develop schematic design documents, a capital campaign, and outreach material for the restoration of the 1948 Lincoln Theatre, the only extant venue in Bessemer's historic Black business district.

Kawerak, Inc. | Nome, Alaska

$5,000 to develop a virtual community forum to gather information, photographs, and oral histories; and to establish a common space for stakeholder input and collaboration for Pilgrim Hot Springs, a 320-acre property consisting of natural geothermal hot springs, a historic Catholic mission and orphanage, agricultural lands, a historic cemetery, and several modern recreational elements.

Quapaw Quarter Association | Little Rock, Arkansas

$5,000 to support the organization’s annual Tour of Homes, which will take place in the Governor’s Mansion Historic District.

Naco Heritage Alliance | Bisbee, Arizona

$10,000 for stabilization of Camp Naco, the 103-year-old Buffalo Soldier encampment built on the U.S. Mexico during the Mexican Revolution.

Headlands Center for the Arts | Sausalito, California

$5,000 to hire consultants to provide training to staff and artists on accessibility and universal design, and consultation on Headlands' Campus Improvement Project to ensure the historic campus and programs are welcoming and inclusive.

The Colorado Springs School | Colorado Springs, Colorado                                                                                                                                       

$10,000 to restore the historic windows and doors at Claremont, an administrative and classroom building on the Colorado Springs School campus.

City and County of Denver | Denver, Colorado

$10,000 to develop the first ever historic context on Denver's American Indian and Indigenous Peoples from first occupation and seasonal use of the area now known as Denver to the 1990s.

Bent County Historical Society | Las Animas, Colorado

$8,873 to support phase III restoration work at the Boggsville National Register Historic District along the Sante Fe Trail.

Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company | Newark, Delaware

$5,000 for an engineering study for the historic Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company Station 9 to inform future preservation efforts.

Friends of Zoar, Inc. | Odessa, Delaware

$5,000 to hire a preservation architectural and engineering firm to develop plans for the restoration of Zoar Methodist Episcopal Church, which has served the African American community in Odessa for over 140 years.

Georgetown Heritage | Washington, District of Columbia

$10,000 to conduct research and develop educational programming for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park.

Community Council of Idaho | Caldwell, Idaho

$4,950 for architectural planning services for the adaptive reuse of Twin Falls Farm Security Administration (FSA) Labor Camp, a community established by FSA in 1939 that was segregated from the white community.

Newton Et Cetera Shop Inc. | Newton, Kansas

$5,000 to hire a preservation architect to develop plans to expand the use of the underutilized second floor of the downtown Boyd Building, which is currently used as a thrift shop.

Vieux Carré Commission Foundation | New Orleans, Louisiana

$2,400 to support the Quarterly Care Workshop series, an educational initiative to teach people of all ages and backgrounds about the value of the French Quarter’s architecture and proper stewardship of its historic structures through compliance with the Vieux Carré Commission’s Design Guidelines.

James Weldon Johnson Foundation | Great Barrington, Massachusetts

$5,000 for architectural and engineering planning for the preservation of the James Weldon Johnson Writing Cabin.

Marblehead Museum | Marblehead, Massachusetts

$5,000 to conduct an archaeological investigation to shed light on the lives of the household members, the Lee family, servants, and enslaved people of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, brick kitchen, and slave quarters.

National Preservation Partners Network | Woburn, Massachusetts

$10,000 to support honoraria for webinar speakers, create messaging and communications resources, and conduct outreach for the Preservation Priorities Task Force.

Preservation Worcester | Worcester, Massachusetts

$5,000 to support the Salisbury House Historic Trades School Program, a hands-on program that will serve low-income, unemployed, underemployed, and property owners seeking technical skills.

Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc. | Branson, Missouri

$4,000 to support speaker fees at Missouri Main Street Connection’s annual downtown revitalization conference, which aims to educate local Main Street organizations and their communities on the use of placemaking and place attachment as a tool for historic preservation.

Cape Broadway Theatre| Jackson, Missouri

$5,000 for architectural planning for the stabilization of the Historic Broadway Theatre, which suffered a a fire last year.

Creative Learning Alliance | Joplin, Missouri

$5,000 to conduct a structural engineering study to inform the purchase of and planning for the Joplin Carnegie Library, the potential new home of a community science center.

Main Street Joplin | Joplin, Missouri

$5,000 for the planning of a community kitchen inside the historic Empire Market building, which will allow farmers to add new products to their offerings, create space for aspiring chefs to develop recipes, and expand the Free Kids Meal program.

Dutchtown Main Streets | St. Louis, Missouri

$3,000 to support the Dutchtown neighborhood walking tour, which aims to introduce residents, visitors, and new audiences to Dutchtown’s architectural and cultural heritage and the importance of preservation.

4TheVille| St. Louis, Missouri

$5,000 to conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a culturally rooted, vibrant commercial corridor connecting the most important landmarks of the historically Black neighborhood, The Ville.

North-Missoula Community Development Corporation | Missoula, Montana

$5,000 for an engineering report for the Moon-Randolph barn to help preserve the barn as a community hub.

The Archaeological Conservancy | Albuquerque, New Mexico

$8,000 for fencing the Fetterman Site to protect significant archaeological preserves containing historic and prehistoric resources with Historic Hispanic and Euro-American structures, as well as Ancestral Puebloan occupations dating from both the Pueblo I and Pueblo II periods.

Threatt Filling Station Foundation | Luther, Oklahoma

$5,000 to hire a preservation architect to oversee the restoration of the Threatt Filling Station building, an example of an African American-owned business on U.S. Route 66 during the era of segregation.

Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership | U.S. Route 66, Oklahoma

$2,250 to conduct a survey of Oklahoma’s Route 66 ghost signs and cross-reference them with historical documentation to identify signs for future augmented restoration.

A black and white plan of a landscape design.
Image depicting a copy of the original landscape Scroll Garden design plan by Edith Schryver. | Credit: Lord & Schryver Conservancy

Lord & Schryver Conservancy | Salem, Oregon

Established in 1874, Deepwood Museum and Garden was home to several prominent Salem families. In 1925, owner Alice Brown hired Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, who operated the first female-owned landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest and designed over 200 public and private gardens from 1929-1969, to design five formal gardens on the 5-acre property: the Great Room, Spring Garden, Scroll Garden, Teahouse Garden, and Secret Garden. Lord & Schryver Conservancy was awarded $1,200 from the National Trust Preservation Fund to hire a preservation architect to analyze and propose corrective treatment of key historical features within the Scroll Garden. Deepwood is now used for public garden tours, weddings, and other community events.

Newport Restoration Foundation | Newport, Rhode Island

$5,000 to hire a graphic designer to create graphics to accompany the city's existing "Design Guidelines for Elevating Historic Buildings."

Battle of Rhode Island Association | Portsmouth, Rhode Island

$10,000 for restoration and maintenance planning for Butts Hill Fort, one of the largest Revolutionary War earthworks, which was started by patriot militia in 1776 and enlarged and completed by British troops that occupied Aquidneck Island 1776-1779.

Stages of Freedom | Providence, Rhode Island

$5,000 to support a community dialogue and reconciliation effort that explores the decades-long role historic preservationists had in systematically removing African Americans from the historic College Hill neighborhood.

Providence Preservation Society | Providence, Rhode Island

$5,000 to address a glaring gap in the historical record and the public’s understanding of the Black history of the College Hill neighborhood through research and interpretation.

Woonsocket Historical Society | Woonsocket, Rhode Island

$2,000 to install interpretive signage in the Arnold Vose Cemetery in preparation of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Big Bend Conservation Alliance | Alpine, Texas

$5,000 to support a preservation ceremony following work to protect the Cementerio del Barrio de los Lipanes, a sacred site to the Lipan Apache Tribe and critical to telling Indigenous history in the Big Bend Region.

Historic Denton, Inc. | Denton, Texas

$5,000 to support interpretation and programming focused on the Black freedman community of Quaker, a community whose residents were forced to relocate for the creation of City Park.

Historic Sunshine Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America | Forth Worth, Texas

$5,000 for preservation planning for the Historic Sunshine Cumberland Presbyterian Church, significant for its association with Fort Worth’s African American Catholic community, the new National Juneteenth Museum being built across the street.

The Orange Show Foundation | Houston, Texas

$2,500 to develop the Orange Show Conservation Corps, a conservator-guided, artist-facilitated cyclical conservation program for the Orange Show Monument, an example of vernacular architecture and visionary contemporary art environment constructed by Jefferson Davis McKissack using an array of found materials.

dba Mexican American Civil Rights Institute | San Antonio, Texas

$3,500 to conduct a series of virtual conversations about Mexican American civil rights historic sites to expand the public’s understanding of the relationship between historic preservation and Mexican American civil rights history.

Preservation Texas | San Marcos, Texas

$25,000 to prepare historic preservation plans for up to twelve endangered National Register-eligible African American historic places in rural Texas being considered for stabilization and rehabilitation through Preservation Texas’s Rural African-American Heritage Grant Program.

Town of Abingdon | Abingdon, Virginia

$2,500 for speaker fees for a public event celebrating Abingdon's Old and Historic District and introduce the expansion of it to match the state and federal footprint of the district, review and update its original 1970 designation, and initiate a public awareness campaign.

Coalition for Historic Fort Wool | Norfolk, Virginia

$5,000 to hire an engineering consultant to assess historic components of Fort Wool and identify specific activities needed for restoration.

Preservation Virginia | Richmond, Virginia

$5,000 to develop a new exhibit that explores the lives of enslaved individuals and the Black experience from at least 1673 to 1865 at Bacon's Castle.

Cultural Development Authority of King County dba 4Culture | Seattle, Washington

$5,000 to support the organization’s Equity in Historic Preservation Internship, which will advance the goals of Beyond Integrity, a coalition of advocates elevating equity in preservation standards and practices.

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation | Seattle, Washington

$10,000 to conduct a diversity, equity, and inclusion organizational audit with the goal of identifying blind spots and biases within the organization, its programs, and communications and to develop strategies to overcome them.

Credit: Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

The Family Guide | Spokane Valley, Washington

The legacy of Chinese and Japanese immigrants who were central to the development of Spokane in the 1800s through their work on railroads and with mining companies has been largely erased over time through several events and policies, some of which include the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, the incarceration of Japanese Americans at internment camps during WWII, and the tearing down of Spokane’s “Chinatown” (known as Trent Alley) to make way for Expo ‘74. Beginning in the late 1880s, Trent Alley was home to many successful Chinese and Japanese businesses along the densely packed collection of courtyards and alleys. The Family Guide was awarded $5,000 to establish historical markers with interpretation resources at the Riverfront Park's Clocktower to honor the Chinese railroad workers who built it and at the Saranac Building to commemorate the once-vibrant Trent Alley.