National Trust Awards $215,300 in Grant Funding Through the Johanna Favrot and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Funds

By Lizzy Barringer posted 30 days ago


The National Trust is thrilled to announce the 2022 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 $215,300 to 27 organizations in 21 states.

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  to foster an appreciation of our nation’s diverse cultural heritage and to preserve and revitalize communities.

George P. Mitchell established The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors in July 1997 in honor of his wife Cynthia. The purpose of the fund is to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Learn more about the two amazing women these fund opportunities are named for here.

In total, the National Trust received 140 eligible applications, requesting more than $1.9 million for planning work, physical preservation, and education and outreach programming. Below are the 2022 grantees. 

Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation Grant Recipients

With $96,000 available for funding in 2022, the following 13 projects were selected: 

Bisbee Council on the Arts dba Friends of Warren Ballpark | Bisbee, Arizona

$5,000 to identify necessary preservation activities for the 1909 Warren Ballpark, which is significant both for hosting various sports teams across all levels in its 112 years, as well as being the site of the infamous Bisbee Deportation which saw the illegal deportation of more than 1,000 striking workers, their supporters, and bystanders in 1917. 

An aeriel view of the Burge Club in in Georgia.
An aeriel view of the Burge Club in Georgia, where the Georgia Trust conducted an assessment of the building as part of their Georgia Trust GREEN program. | Credit: Ben Sutton

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation | Atlanta, Georgia

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation was awarded $10,000 to create educational materials for Georgia Trust GREEN, their program that promotes environmental sustainability in historic homes by providing homeowners with tools to make verifiable improvements to their home’s energy efficiency while maintaining historic integrity. Since using their own headquarters as the pilot property of the certification program, The Georgia Trust has seen demonstrable results including energy usage down by 25 percent, water usage down by 43 percent, and drastically reduced utility bills. The building now uses 20 percent less energy than the national median museum and more than 25 percent less water than the national median office. 

Accokeek Foundation | Accokeek, Maryland

$5,000 to develop and install signage that expands interpretation and promotes the environmental protection, conservation, and cultural understanding of Piscataway Park, a significant cultural landscape to the Piscataway people. 

Soo Theatre Project Inc. | Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

$5,000 to support the restoration of the historic Soo Theatre’s neon marquee, which was installed in 1940. 

Central Terminal Restoration Corp | Buffalo, New York

$7,500 to engage a real estate development consultant to begin integral predevelopment work for the rehabilitation of the Art Deco Buffalo Central Terminal, once a lively transportation hub that served the region. 

Preservation Buffalo Niagara | Buffalo, New York

$15,000 to renovate the Eliza Quirk Boarding House to serve as the organization’s new offices and Preservation Resource Center. The house was designed and constructed for Eliza Quirk, a well-known courtesan, and operated continuously as a boarding house for nearly 170 years. 

Cleveland Restoration Society | Cleveland, Ohio

$5,000 to create a video series featuring historic Black churches in Cleveland to raise awareness of the need to restore and preserve these significant sacred landmarks. 

Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Inc. | Cincinnati, Ohio

$7,500 to develop a strategic plan for the Harriet Beecher Stowe House to ensure future relevance and sustainability as it undergoes major restoration and revitalization efforts. 

Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

$5,000 for roof repair of the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, which houses one-of-a-kind murals by Croatian-American artist Maxo Vanka. 

Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms | Nashville, Tennessee

$5,000 for capital campaign planning for the rehabilitation of the Naval Reserve Training Center in Nashville’s Shelby Park. 

The River Pierce Foundation | San Ygnacio, Texas

$7,300 to produce planning documents for the Manuel Sanchez House with the goal of restoring the property as an anchor business in the San Ygnacio National Register District. 

Old Church Theater | Bradford, Vermont

$14,000 to support the stabilization of the Old Church Theater’s structural framing, which is the first step in the full restoration of the building and revitalization efforts in rural Bradford. 

Historic Seattle | Seattle, Washington

$5,000 to create a comprehensive marketing campaign that will build awareness of preservation ideals, identify target audiences, and increase engagement with their community. 

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors Grant Recipients

With $119,000 available for funding in 2022, the following 14 projects were selected: 

Pride of Atmore | Atmore, Alabama

$6,000 to support the interior restoration of the historic Strand Theatre. 

The Panida Theater | Sandpoint, Idaho

$10,000 for the expansion of the lobby of the Panida Theater by connecting the site with the adjacent historic Little Theater site. 

Friends of Historic Second Church | Chicago, Illinois

$5,000 for the conservation of the Frederic Clay Bartlett Tree of Life Mural and the surrounding Chancel artwork in the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago. 

South Side Community Art Center | Chicago, Illinois

$10,000 to support interior restoration at South Side Community Art Center, one of nearly 100 art centers established by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project and a cultural hub that has fostered emerging African American artists since 1941. The South Side Community Art Center is a 2018 recipient of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Mary May Binney Wakefield Charitable Trust | Milton, Massachusetts

$5,000 for the conservation of 19th-century Zuber wallpaper located inside the 1794 Isaac Davenport House, the largest and most prominent structure on the 22-acre Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum property. 

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation | Gloucester, Massachusetts

$10,000 to create an interior restoration plan for the Gloucester Meetinghouse, which was founded by Rev. John Murray who is significant for his connections to two landmark Massachusetts legal cases that advanced the legal separation of church and state and the legal recognition of diverse religious denominations. 

View of a woman looking at a loom at Cranbrook.
Designer and weaver Paula Stebbins Becker is shown seated at an original Cranbrook loom at Kingswood School during a research trip to Cranbrook in 2021. | Credit: Paula Stebbins Becker

Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, was the home, studio, and garden of the Finnish-American Saarinen family, including architect, designer, and painter Eliel Saarinen, and weaver, sculptor, and designer Loja Saarinen. The Cranbrook Center was awarded $5,000 to support the reproduction of a handwoven curtain designed by Loja Saarinen in 1930 for Saarinen House. The curtain is integral to the interpretation of the home, which remains the jewel of the Saarinens' interior design work in the United States. 

Woodlawn Conservancy Inc. | Bronx, New York

$7,000 to conduct conditions assessments for more than 1,200 stained glass windows within the mausolea on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark Woodlawn Cemetery, which is the final resting place of many historic figures including artists & writers, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, great entertainers, and jazz musicians. 

New Bern Preservation Foundation | New Bern, North Carolina

$9,000 to support the interior restoration of King Solomon Lodge #1, which was the first African American Masonic Lodge in North Carolina. 

Threatt Filling Station Foundation | Luther, Oklahoma

$15,000 to support the interior restoration of Threatt Filling Station, which was an African American-owned business and safe haven for local and traveling people of color along U.S. Route 66 during the Jim Crow era. The filling station was listed on the 2021 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Upward Bound Camp For Persons With Special Needs Inc. | Gates, Oregon

$10,000 for interior preservation work at the historic Gates Schoolhouse, which now operates year-round camps for persons living with developmental and physical disabilities. 

Historic Beverly Preservation, Inc. | Beverly, West Virginia

$7,000 for the interior rehabilitation of the 1841 Randolph County Jail, which served as the county jail from 1845-1913 and will be interpreted to tell the stories of the inmates, many of which highlight the longstanding injustices towards people of color and immigrants. 

Kenosha County Department of Public Works | Bristol, Wisconsin

$10,000 for a comprehensive mural examination, a conditions assessment in the lobbies and corridors, and a paint study to identify the original colors of the painted surfaces in the historic Kenosha County Courthouse. 

Teton Raptor Center | Wilson, Wyoming

$10,000 for the rehabilitation of interior rafters in the historic Hardeman North Barn, which will return the space to use for public programming centered around raptor conservation and educational experiences on the Teton Raptor Center campus.

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