Henry A. Jordan, M.D. Preservation Excellence Fund

Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund:
Guidelines & Eligibility

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund provides funding to deserving organizations demonstrating commitment to the protection of natural and cultural resources in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Jordan Preservation Excellence Fund was established in November 1996 in recognition of Dr. Jordan’s distinguished service to the National Trust and his visionary leadership of the national preservation movement.  The endowed fund supports innovative projects and programs in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Applicants can apply for up to $5,000.

Only Organizational Level Forum members or Main Street America members of the National Trust are eligible to apply for funding from the  Henry A. Jordan, M.D. Preservation Excellence Fund. To learn more about Forum and to join today, visit our website.

Deadline for submission is June 15, 2020.


The fund awards programs and activities that:

  • Facilitate positive dialogues between the diverse interests of historic preservation, land conservation, business development, transportation, and government in a search for common ground in protecting the environment
  • Stimulate the development of local and state policies that protect the cultural landscape and its resources
  • Heighten public awareness of or increase involvement in issues relating to the livability and sustainability of communities
  • Encourage innovative partnerships and approaches to open space conservation and historic preservation

Eligible Activities

National Trust Preservation Fund grants are awarded for planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation.

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 preservation planner to produce design guidelines for a historic district
  • 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

Education and Outreach: Support for preservation education activities aimed at the public. The National Trust is particularly interested in programs aimed at reaching new audiences. Funding will be provided to projects that:

  • Employ innovative techniques and formats aimed at introducing new audiences to the preservation movement
  • Feature educational programs or conference sessions.

Ineligible Activities

  • Building or other construction activities
  • Academic research
  • Acquisition of real property or objects
  • General support for conferences
  • Organizational capacity building activities unless pre-approved by the National Trust

Application Procedure

If your organization has the potential to meet these award criteria, identify programs or projects which you believe would qualify for award funding and complete our brief online application. (Please note: you will be taken to our grants application system where you will need to create a user profile for your organization. This is a separate login than your National Trust login.)

Supporting documentation is encouraged, and upload boxes for supporting documents are included as part of our online application.  

If you have questions, please contact the Grants Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.