Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools

Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools:
Guidelines & Eligibility

Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools are designed to advance ongoing Rosenwald School preservation planning activities. Preference is giving to projects related to Rosenwald Schools located in Tennessee. The fund supports, but is not limited to, such needs as preservation planning, engineering studies, architectural plans, archaeology, and research that advance the preservation of Rosenwald School buildings.

Typical grants from the Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools range from $500 to $5,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar cash match. Nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies are eligible to apply.

The review process is generally completed within two months of the application submission, and applicants are notified via email once the review process is complete.

Applications for the Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools are accepted on a rolling basis. Only members of the National Trust at the Forum Organizational or Main Street America levels are eligible to apply for funding from this program. To learn more about Forum and to join today, visit our website.

Public agencies, 501(c)(3), and other nonprofit organizations are eligible, including churches. No more than three grants will be awarded in any two-year period to a single grantee. Only one grant will be awarded for a particular project phase. Applicants that have received previous National Trust financial assistance are eligible provided that all grant requirements are current.

Grant Conditions

Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount dollar-for-dollar. A cash match is required and other funding from the National Trust may not be used to match a Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools grant. For example, if the project being funded requires $4,000, the National Trust can award a grant up to $2,000 and the grantee will need to provide a cash match of $2,000 in order to fully fund the $4,000 project.

Other conditions include:

  • Grants or matching funds cannot be used directly or indirectly to influence a member of Congress to favor or oppose any legislation or appropriation.
  • To the greatest extent possible, any documents or plans for preservation work that result from the project must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • At least three (3) competitive bids/quotes must be obtained for any procurement of services that exceed $50,000. This provision applies only to portions of the project supported by National Trust grant funds.
  • Consultants, contractors and work plans must be approved by the National Trust before grant funds are disbursed.
  • National Trust grants cannot be used to pay staff salaries. Board members of the applicant organization cannot serve as consultants or contractors unless appropriate conflict of interest procedures are followed and documented.
  • Grant recipients are required to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the program.
  • Grant projects must begin within six months of award date. Failure to begin the project in this timeframe may result in the cancellation of the grant and you will need to reapply for funding.
  • Grant recipients must include appropriate acknowledgement of National Trust financial support in all printed materials or signage generated for the project. Additional information will be provided upon receipt of grant.
  • Within one year from the grant award date, a final report and financial accounting of the expenditure of the grant must be submitted. A final report form will be provided. If the project is not completed in accordance with the contract, the grant funds must be returned.

Applicants must agree not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, mental and physical disabilities, sex (including pregnancy), personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation or veteran status.

Eligible Activities

The Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools supports preservation planning projects related to Rosenwald Schools, with a preference given to schools located in Tennessee. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, preservation planning, engineering studies, architectural plans, and research that advance the preservation of Rosenwald School buildings.

Eligible Expenses

The Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools awards grants for preservation planning activities related to the restoration, rehabilitation or maintenance of Rosenwald School buildings.

Planning: Support for obtaining professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, and law. Eligible planning activities include, but are not limited to:

  •  Hiring a preservation architect or landscape architect to produce a historic structure report or historic landscape master plan
  • Hiring a real estate development consultant to produce an economic feasibility study for the reuse of a threatened structure
  • Sponsoring a community forum to develop a shared vision for the future of a historic neighborhood

Ineligible Expenses and Activities

  • Expenses incurred prior to the date of the grant award.
  • Staff salaries, benefits or organizational overhead costs.
  • Building or other construction activities
  • Academic research
  • Acquisition of real property or objects
  • Organizational capacity building activities unless pre-approved by the National Trust

Eligible Sources of Matching Funds

  • Cash contributions from private or public sources
  • Earned income from fees or fund raising activities

Ineligible Sources of Matching Funds

  • Staff Salaries
  • Organizational overhead costs
  • In-kind contributions of materials or services


The selection committee will place particular importance on the likelihood that the requested assistance will make a significant contribution to the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of a specific historic property. Related factors to be considered include:

  • The extent to which the requested assistance will make a difference in preserving, restoring, or rehabilitating the Rosenwald School, including what other funds might be leveraged by an award
  • The effort which owners and local supporters are willing to commit to the project
  • The potential of the project to be a catalyst for further positive action to benefit other historic properties and the local community
  • The adequacy of plans for the future maintenance of the property or the continuation of the activity for which grant support is requested
  • The ability and willingness of the applicant to carry out the proposed plans or activity if assistance is awarded
  • Preference will be given to projects located in Tennessee

How to Apply

To discuss your project and determine if it’s a good fit for this fund, please contact our grant staff by email at After discussing your project, we will provide information on how to access the application.