Preservation Funding for Nonprofit Organizations

The list of organizations that provide preservation funding resources for nonprofit organizations. Click on the buttons under each organization to learn more about their individual programs and initiatives.

1772 Foundation

Website: 1772foundation.org
Email: maryanthony@1772foundation.org

  • The 1772 Foundation offers grants related to historic properties redevelopment programs (revolving funds). 
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Applications can be for feasibility studies for redevelopment programs or to increase the capacity of existing historic properties’ redevelopment programs.
  • Applications are due in December. 

American Express

General Inquiries
American Express
P.O. Box 981540
El Paso, TX 79998-1540
1-800-528-4800
Website: about.americanexpress.com

  • American Express supports organizations and projects that preserve or rediscover major historic sites and monuments for current and future generations to experience, with an emphasis on preservation of sites that represent diverse cultures.
  • Supported projects will have a focus on public access and interaction with historic places, the preservation of historic places for future or innovative use, or creating systems to manage increased visitor activities and environmental impacts to historic places. 
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) nonprofit organizations.
  • Applications are accepted by invitation only. In order to receive an invitation to apply, organizations must successfully complete the eligibility quiz available under the “How to Apply” tab.

AT&T Foundation

208 S. Akard, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75202-4206
800/591-9663
Website: tgci.com

  • The AT&T Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and programs that address quality-of-life issues, with an emphasis on improving education and advancing community development.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Contact your local Bank of America branch.
Website: about.bankofamerica.com

  • The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports efforts to address critical issues facing neighborhoods and communities. Funding priorities include community development, education, and workforce development.
  • Neighborhood preservation efforts include providing affordable housing, offering neighborhood residents home retention and foreclosure counseling, and promoting neighborhood stabilization.
  • The Neighborhood Builders program strengthens the capacity and infrastructure of select nonprofit groups to promote the professional development of their leaders. 
  • Grants are available to nonprofit organizations in the Amarillo, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio markets.
  • Applications are due in May.

BNSF Railway Foundation

2500 Lou Menk Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76131-2830
817-867-6458
Website: bnsffoundation.org
Email: BNSFFoundation@bnsf.com 

  • The BNSF Railway Foundation is dedicated to supporting the communities served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and offers grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of civic, cultural, educational, health and human service, and youth activities.
  • No application deadline, but grants require up to one year for a decision.

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

130 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-492-8404
Website: rudybruneraward.org

  • The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence seeks to discover special places and celebrate and publicize their achievements. These places often transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design, and planning. They are born through processes of transformation―the renewal of something old, or the creation of something new that resonates in the history of community life. The award seeks to illuminate the complex process of urban placemaking, so it may be strengthened to better reflect the balance between form and use, opportunity and cost, and preservation and change.
  • Applications are due in December.

The Getty Foundation

1200 Getty Center Dr., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685
310-440-7320
Website: getty.edu
Email: GettyFoundation@getty.edu

  • The Getty Foundation supports institutions and individuals committed to advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts. The majority of funding is through initiatives that target a particular issue or region, and that are carried out in collaboration with the other Getty programs.
  • Apart from residential fellowships, most applications are by invitation rather than through open competition.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

4 West Burton Place
Chicago, IL 60610-1416
312-787-4071
Website: grahamfoundation.org

  • The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
  • Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, conferences/lectures, films, new media projects, and other public programs. Capital improvement (bricks-and-mortar) projects are ineligible for this grant. 
  • Deadline for grants to individuals is in September. Deadline for grants to organizations is in February.

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation

6131 Westview Dr.
Houston, TX 77055
713-681-7868
Website: herzsteinfoundation.org

  • The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation supports charitable efforts that offer individuals opportunities for advancement through education and enrichment of the human spirit, and contribute to the quality of life in our society.
  • Grants are only available to qualified nonprofit organizations. 
  • Applications should be in the form of a written request made to the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.
  • Preference is given to eligible organizations in the Houston area or within the State of Texas.

Meadows Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

(See Preservation Funding for Government Agencies)

  • Collaborative Research Grants
  • Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Public Humanities Projects 
  • Office of Challenge Grants
  • Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

National Park Service

(See Preservation Funding for Government Agencies)

  • American Battlefield Protection Program: Battlefield Planning Grants
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund: Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants
  • African American Civil Rights Grants
  • Tribal Heritage Grants
  • National Maritime Heritage Grants
  • Japanese American Confinement Sites
  • Preservation Technology and Training Grants
  • Route 66 Cost-Share Grant Program

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Website: forum.savingplaces.org

  • Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund
    • The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund builds the capacity of existing nonprofit preservation organizations and encourages collaboration among these organizations by providing grants for mentoring and other peer-to-peer and direct organizational development and learning opportunities.
    • Only Organizational Level Forum members or Main Street America members of the National Trust are eligible to apply for funding from the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund grant program.
    • Grants from the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund may be used to reimburse travel costs (airfare, train tickets, taxis, and/or mileage reimbursement) and to pay an honorarium to the mentor (maximum of $250/day). The group seeking the mentoring services must pay the travel expenses for itself or for the mentor, and will be reimbursed by the National Trust after the necessary documentation is provided to substantiate the expense(s).
    • Grants from the Peter H. Brink Fund may NOT be used to attend or host activities or events such as workshops, presentations, lectures, conferences, or training seminars. The fund does not support speaker or venue fees.
    • Mentors may be used to develop or improve fundraising, real estate, advocacy, or other preservation-oriented program, to help with board development, or to address organizational/ management issues.

(For the following programs, see Preservation Funding for Government Agencies)

  • Battlefield Preservation Fund
  • Emergency/Intervention Funding
  • Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
  • Hart Family Fund for Small Towns
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors
  • National Trust Preservation Funds
  • Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund for Rosenwald Schools
  • Southwest Intervention Fund

Ed Rachal Foundation

555 N. Carancahua St., Suite 700 
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
361-881-9040
Website: edrachal.org

  • The Ed Rachal Foundation supports charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or governmental entities and must be used for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes. Grants are not made to individuals.
  • All grant funds must be expended for exempt purposes within the state of Texas.
  • Submit a written application at any time of the year. Submissions from the same organization are considered only once every fiscal year (September 1 to August 31)
  • Only grant applications using the Ed Rachal Foundation Grant Application Form will be accepted.
  • A majority of grants awarded are between $5,000 and $50,000.

The Summerlee Foundation

5556 Caruth Haven Ln.
Dallas, TX 75225
214-363-9000
Website: summerlee.org 

  • The Summerlee Foundation provides grants to research, promote, and document all facets of Texas history.
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or governmental entities. 
  • Grants are not made to individuals, for religious purposes, for monuments and memorials, for courthouse restoration, for lobbying efforts, nor for organizations that do not share the mission of the Summerlee Foundation.
  • The average grant amount is $10,000.

Texas Historical Commission

Website: (See Preservation Funding for Businesses and Preservation Funding for Government Agencies)

  • Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program 
  • Texas Preservation Trust Fund

Texas Historical Foundation

P.O. Box 50314
Austin, TX 78763
512-453-2154
Website: texashistoricalfoundation.org

  • The Texas Historical Foundation funds bricks-and-mortar restoration projects, events promoting Texas history to the general public, publications and scholarly research in Texas history, Texas history educational curriculum development and implementation, as well as curatorial and archeological projects. 
  • The Foundation shows preference toward rural preservation projects in communities with populations of less than 30,000.
  • Applications should show a strong record of community support and the ability to obtain the financial resources necessary to ensure the project’s completion.
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, religious organizations, and city/county/state historical agencies based in Texas.
  • Grant applications must be received by the first day of March, June, September, or December.
  • There is no standard requirement that grant funds be matched.
  • Grant requests between the range of $1,000 to $5,000 are suggested.

Union Pacific Foundation

United States Department of Agriculture

(See Preservation Funding for Government Agencies and Preservation Funding for Businesses)

  • Community Facility Direct Loan & Grant Program
  • Rural Business Enterprise Grants

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

(See Preservation Funding for Homeowners)

  • Community Development Block Grants 

United States Economic Development Administration

(See Preservation Funding for Government  Agencies)

  • Economic Development Assistance Programs
  • Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program

 

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