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Funding Sources, New York state, Outside New York State

  • 1.  Funding Sources, New York state, Outside New York State

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hello All,

    I am involved in a preservation project. I am a non-architect, non-technical specialist liberal arts and religion major who can write and advocate - so I write grants, organize and advocate for the preservation project I am involved in.  I am constantly on the look out for grant opportunities. A curiosity I have is concerning what state support and regional opportunities there are in other areas. I am very familiar with New York State and its Environmental Protection Fund, it's Regional Economic Development Council process and county resources. What happens in other states? It is a curiosity of mine. Not something I can or will take advantage of. I just want to have some idea of what other people are doing. I do believe there may not be any similar processes in other states. Maybe some of you could chime in and let me know how it works in your state. Also if there are any sources such as the 1772 Foundation which focused on certain areas of presevation such as light houses, African American sites and other specialties.


    Paul Stewart
    Underground Railroad History Project
    Albany NY

  • 2.  RE: Funding Sources, New York state, Outside New York State

    Posted 16 days ago
    Paul, here in Minnesota we are lucky to have the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). The funding comes from the "Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment," an amendment to our state constitution passed by voters in 2008. It increased the sales tax 3/8 of 1 percent in an effort to raise funds to help protect the environment, support the arts, and preserve our cultural heritage. The ACHF receives just under 20% of the total funding; the remainder goes to various environmental & recreational efforts. The portion of the ACHF that goes toward history and preservation is funneled through the Minnesota Historical Society and can be used for many types of heritage-related projects. Although the amendment will expire in 2034, in less than 10 years it has already made a huge impact.


    Barbara Howard
    Stonebridge Learning, LLC
    Minneapolis MN

  • 3.  RE: Funding Sources, New York state, Outside New York State

    Posted 15 days ago
    In Michigan, the only grant funding for preservation projects  to non-profits is through the Michigan Light House Fund. Those funds are raised through Lighthouse license plates and are administered by the SHPO.
    Michigan Historic Preservation Network offers low interest interest loans to nonprofits, religious congregations, municipalities and land banks..
    Loans are also available through MHPN and Michigan economic development corporation for preservation projects to for-profit entities.

    Nancy Finegood
    Eaton Rapids MI

  • 4.  RE: Funding Sources, New York state, Outside New York State

    Posted 15 days ago

    I am aware of some communities that use a small percentage of hotel occupancy taxes to fund historic preservation and arts-related entities. These funds are managed and distributed in several different ways (often via a convention & visitors bureau).

    There have been a few attempts to do this through the Albany County legislature but there hasn't been a focused, strategic effort to make it happen.


    Starlyn D'Angelo
    Grants Manager
    Palace Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc.
    Albany NY

  • 5.  RE: Funding Sources, New York state, Outside New York State

    Posted 14 days ago
    In Wisconsin, non-profits can use and sell the state commercial historic preservation tax credit. Unlike the federal credit, we don't have any restrictions on "at-risk investments" or need to arrange sell and lease-back agreements. My understanding is that our state credit is as easy to sell as a car.

    Across the upper Midwest, there is the Jeffris Family Foundation. They have a preference for funding smaller communities or things with statewide impacts.

    Tim Askin
    City of Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission
    Milwaukee WI