Historic Preservation Funding

We receive calls on a regular basis from people seeking funding for their preservation projects. Missouri Preservation is not able to provide funding for preservation projects at this time but we do our best to point everyone in the right direction. Below is a list of organizations and funding opportunities that we have recommended in the past.

In no particular order. This information is pulled from sources outside of Missouri Preservation. While we will do our best to keep things updated, information is subject to change.

Historic Preservation Fund Grants

The Historic Preservation Fund is an annual grant program created under the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act. The program is sponsored by the National Park Service and in Missouri, is handled by the State Historic Preservation Office. A minimum of 10 percent of the monies must be granted to Certified Local Government Communities. Past projects and activities covered by the grant include the Missouri Preservation Conference as well as city-wide historic preservation plans and surveys.

Visit the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office website for more information.

Historic Tax Credit

Once a property is deemed ‘historic’ by being listed either on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES individually or contributing to a historic district or is part of a CERTIFIED HISTORIC DISTRICT, a project can receive tax credits, which lowers the taxes owed, on qualified rehabilitation expenses if their work conforms to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Building Rehabilitation.

Find out more about the Historic Tax Credit

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Fund created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation specifically focused on the preservation of African American history and culture.
More information on fund.
Grant information.

National Trust Fund for Sacred Spaces

“The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Fund is guided by an Advisory Committee, bringing together faith leaders, architects and philanthropists from across the country to inform the grant-making process.”
Visit fundforsacredplaces.org for more information.

Jeffris Family Foundation

“The Jeffris Family Foundation assists the development of historic sites for non-profit organizations in small towns and cities in the eight states of the Midwest: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

We do not fund advocacy, adaptive use, feasibility studies, or other preliminary studies seeking to define a preservation strategy for a property. Only projects where site control is assured and a commitment has been made to a viable preservation strategy will be considered.”

Visit the Jeffris Family Foundation website for more information.

Daughters of the American Revolution

“Since our founding in 1890, the National Society of the DAR has supported historic preservation as one of our three main mission areas (along with patriotism and education). In tens of thousands of locations around the world, we have saved historic properties, erected historic markers, digitized documents and helped to preserve the American story in thousands of meaningful ways.”

Find out more by visiting the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Website.

Preservation Directory

From info@preservationdirectory.com on May 27, 2020:
“We are very excited to announce that we are launching a new website in 2020 that will provide a comprehensive database of funding sources for historic preservation and cultural resource management.  The new website will include funding sources available at the local, state and federal level and will include grants, loans, tax incentives, easement programs, scholarships, fellowships, and award programs.  The database currently contains over 2,000 programs, and we look forward to sharing this with the preservation community soon!  Look for a formal announcement in 2020.  

UPDATE – “We have officially begun constructing the new website, www.HistoricFunding.com(currently this URL directs you to PreservationDirectory.com).  The new funding website is set to launch in September 2020!  We will keep providing updates throughout the Spring and Summer.  Please contact us at info@preservationdirectory.com with any questions.”

Know of other funding opportunities? Share them with us by emailing admin@preservemo.org!