National Trust Preservation Fund Awards $231,017 to Projects Focused on Landscapes, Interpretation, Feasibility Studies and More

By Lizzy Barringer posted 09-01-2022 10:51


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 June 2022 round, the National Trust received 87 eligible applications and awarded a total of $231,017 in grants to 45 organizations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about these projects below, learn how you can apply to our October 1 grant round here, and sign up for email reminders about our grant programs here.

United Presbyterians of Wilcox County, Alabama, Inc. | Camden, Alabama

$5,000 to develop a strategic plan for the redevelopment of the former site of the Arlington Literary and Industrial High School into a mixed-use community space.

Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery | Montgomery, Alabama

$4,000 to create a more inclusive experience at the Ordeman-Shaw House by updating interpretive signage and educational and marketing materials to expand on narratives of the enslaved people who lived and worked at the site.

Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas | Little Rock, Arkansas

$5,500 to support “Dollars and Sense,” an educational workshop designed to emphasize the economic benefits of preservation, provide information on preservation incentives and techniques, and encourage implementation through practical, real-world examples.

Main Street Arkansas | Little Rock, Arkansas

$7,500 to support speaker fees at the Destination Downtown Conference, a downtown revitalization conference held in partnership with the state Main Street programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

City of Sacramento | Sacramento, California

$5,000 to hire subject matter experts and community liaisons from the Black community as the city undergoes historic context documentation of Sacramento’s historical African American experience.  

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre | Los Angeles | California

A group of people climbing a intricately carved wall as part of a performance.
Performers at Founders Church of Religious Science. | Credit: Nicholas Savignano

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is undertaking a three-year initiative to dig deep into the work of renowned African American architect Paul R. Williams, the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. The site of their first production was The Wilfandel Club, a Los Angeles Women’s Club founded by African Americans. Funding from this $5,000 grant will support their second production, a free place-based movement piece performed at Founders Church of Religious Science, which was designed in by Williams in 1960. The performance will retell a critical time in the story of Los Angeles and celebrate the legacy of Williams’ work. Following the show, there will be Q&A sessions with artists, audiences, community stakeholders, architecture and arts scholars, members of Williams family, and the leadership from each site organization.

San Francisco Heritage | San Francisco, California

$5,000 to pilot an internship program that complements graduate level curriculum in urban planning, museum studies, and architecture by offering hands-on experience in museum management, innovative programming, and outreach.

Colorado Springs Child Nursery Centers Inc. DBA Early Connections Learning Centers | Colorado Springs, Colorado

$10,000 for the rehabilitation of the Colorado Springs Day Nursery’s original wooden windows.

Historic Denver, Inc. | Denver, Colorado

$10,000 to update existing school survey data for approximately 42 Denver Public Schools' historic school buildings. Current survey data from 2003 focuses on architectural merit and does not evaluate schools on social and cultural history.

Brush Area Chamber of Commerce | Brush, Colorado

$2,500 to support the Chamber of Commerce’s goal of establishing a Downtown Development Authority or Urban Renewal Authority within its downtown district by hiring a consultant to conduct educational sessions for business owners and taxing districts within the potential district area.

Artspace Projects | Loveland, Colorado

$10,000 for the redevelopment of the iconic Loveland Farmers Milling and Elevator Company Building (known as the Feed & Grain) into a mixed-use property with 9 units of live/work housing for creatives and their families and 5,000 square feet of sustainable commercial space for artists.

D.C. Historic Preservation Office | Washington, D.C.

$4,999 to conduct research, develop an essay on the history of resistance around Lafayette Square up to and including Black Lives Matter Plaza, and identify other sites associated with the movement for inclusion in DC's African American Heritage Trail.

Chowan Discovery Group | Winton, North Carolina

$5,000 to produce and distribute a video about Brown Hall's history and contributions as one of the largest Rosenwald School buildings and has served its minority community for over 90 years.

Scenic America | Washington, D.C.

$5,000 to develop case studies that will highlight communities and the diverse leaders driving efforts to prioritize preserving their historic character while evolving to meet the needs of residents and businesses.

The Lewes Historical Society | Lewes, Delaware

$5,000 to research, develop, and implement two walking tours that will identify the unique and important contributions of the African American community in Southern Delaware and Delmarva.   

Claymont Community Center | Claymont, Delaware

$5,000 to create a preservation plan and exhibition strategy for original records and memorabilia from Claymont High School’s role in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education civil rights case.

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation | Tallahassee, Florida

$5,000 to create “Florida's Preservation Toolkit,” a scalable resource with valuable and practical preservation information available to people across the state.

Kona Historical Society | Captain Cook, Hawaii

$3,900 to rehabilitate the landscape surrounding the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and Greenwell house ruins.

Camelot Theater Foundation | Nevada, Iowa

$5,000 to hire a structural engineer to perform structural analysis of the historic Camelot Theater, which will be preserved as a cultural and educational venue.

Tulane University Historic Preservation | New Orleans, Louisiana

$5,000 to support the creation of a National Landmark District along South Louisiana River Road in order to frame the historic significance of the corridor in light of the Greenfield Development grain elevator proposal. The proposal is believed to have an adverse effect on the historic resources in the study area in and around the Wallace community of south Louisiana, as well as an adverse effect on the surviving African Diaspora and African American historic resources surviving along the banks of the Mississippi River.

The Woman's Exchange, Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses | New Orleans, Louisiana

$5,000 to create a reinterpretation plan for the National Historic Landmark Gallier House with a focus on the architectural significance of the French Quarter and those who build the city of New Orleans.

Martha's Vineyard Historical Preservation Society, Inc. | Edgartown, Massachusetts

A vintage postcard image of a schoolhouse in Martha's Vinyard.

Historic photograph courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust; photographer unknown.

Martha’s Vineyard Historical Preservation Society, Inc. will use a $5,000 grant to develop a historic structures report for the 1828 Nathan Mayhew Schoolhouse, the island’s oldest surviving one-room schoolhouse where the DAR, Seacoast Defense Chapter once operated a maritime museum. The iconic schoolhouse flagpole honors a patriotic act during the Revolutionary War performed by local women who took dynamite from the armory and blew up the town flagpole to prevent the British from using it as a spar for their warship. Today, the schoolhouse is home to the maritime sailing school Sail Martha’s Vineyard.

The building urgently needs an assessment to responsibly plan and sequence preservation of the building, meet code regulations, make it habitable year-round, and protect against climate change accelerated by the island environment.

Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery | Cambridge, Massachusetts

$2,500 to support a site-specific play, designed to be performed in moonlight in Mount Auburn Cemetery and depict a conversation between 6 abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn.

Rock Creek Conservancy | Bethesda, Maryland

$5,000 to undertake public engagement activities to educate the public about the need for restoration of the Carter Barron Amphitheater, a 4000-seat facility in Rock Creek National Park that opened in 1950 to commemorate the sesquicentennial of D.C. as the nation’s capital and was one of the few integrated federal performing arts facilities in the region at the time.

Dennys River Historical Society | Dennysville, Maine

$4,950  to create an architectural master plan for the restoration of the 1846 Academy/Vestry Museum, once a place for higher education and later a religious space. The site is now owned and used by the Dennys River Historical Society for exhibitions and collections.

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota | St. Paul, Minnesota

$5,000 to support the development of the third installment of Places Reimagined Magazine, an educational magazine aimed at expanding preservation knowledge in Minnesota.. 

Main Street Joplin | Joplin, Missouri

$5,000 for a structural analysis and environmental study for the vacant 1911 Joplin Union Depot ahead of redevelopment planning.

City of Boonville- Historic Preservation Board | Boonville, Missouri

$4,793 to update Booneville’s historic walking tour booklet that was originally created with Missouri Life Magazine in 2016and highlighted over 25 of the city’s 400 key historic sites and structures on the National Register of Historic Preservation.

Gateway Arch Park Foundation | St. Louis, Missouri

$5,000  to digitize 125 original submissions drawings to the national design competition that yielded St. Louis’s iconic Arch and launch an online exhibition to feature them. 

Great Falls-Cascade County Historic Preservation Office | Great Falls, Montana

$5,000 for a structural assessment of the Boston and Montana Barn, the first step in developing a plan to save the last remnant of smelter operations in the town of Black Eagle.

City of Lenoir | Lenoir, North Carolina

$5,000 for a feasibility study for rehabilitation of the Historic Lenoir High School.

Mont Vernon Heritage Commission | Mont Vernon, New Hampshire

$3,625 for a conditions assessment of the 1781 Town Hall building in Mont Vernon to determine needs for restoration and rehabilitation.

The Fullerton Mansion Center for Culture and History | Newburgh, New York

$5,000 to develop Newburgh’s first bilingual historic preservation scavenger hunt for youth.

Carolee Schneemann Foundation | New Paltz, New York

$5,000 to hire a development consultant that will fundraise for the preservation of artist Carolee Schneemann’s home, for starting a residency program on-site, and for reinterpreting the house to include overlooked narratives.

Harlem One Stop Inc. | New York, New York

$5,000 to host a conference that will explore historic preservation and zoning regulation as stabilizing tools for neighborhood development and the inequities of access to resources for marginalized communities.

City of Elk City | Elk City, Oklahoma

$5,000 to develop a historic structures report for the 1928 Casa Grande Hotel located along historic Route 66.

Prairie House Preservation Society | Norman, Oklahoma

$5,000 for a condition assessment for the 1961 Organic Modernism site the Prairie House designed by architect Herb Greene in 1961.

Upward Bound Camp For Persons With Special Needs Inc. | Gates, Oregon
$5,000 for a roof replacement plan for the historic Gates Schoolhouse, a community icon and former gathering place in rural Oregon that is currently used by Upward Bound Camp For Persons With Special Needs as a kitchen, cafeteria, and offices.

Stages of Freedom | Providence, Rhode Island

$5,000 to support performances that will tell the stories of five Black women who inhabited spaces along Providence's historic Benefit Street from 1760-1960.

New Holmes Street Baptist Church | Charleston, South Carolina

$5,000 for architecture, engineering, surveying, and documentation services for the 1935 Freedman's Cottage, which will be restored as the New Holmes Street Community Development Center.

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

$5,000 to support the Living Heritage Trades Academy, a training program in partnership with the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation that perpetuates traditional crafts, conserves existing housing stock, and leverages living heritage for economic prosperity through hands on instruction and apprenticeships.

Preservation Austin | Austin, Texas

$1,750 to develop a Commission and Mentoring Program in pursuit of increasing BIPOC representation on Austin's Historic Landmark Commission.

The Heir+Loom Foundation | Houston, Texas

$5,000 for legal services that will support the rehabilitation process for the Ethiopian Star Lodge #308 in Dabney Hill Freedom Colony.

Sweet Briar College | Sweet Briar, Virginia

$5,000 for an architectural scoping study for two historic buildings at Sweet Briar College.

Historic Whidbey | Coupeville, Washington

$5,000 to develop a landscape architecture plan for the 1866 Haller House heritage gardens using a comprehensive historic landscape study that was developed in 2015.

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