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.
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- National Fund for Sacred Spaces
- Historic Preservation Fund Grants
- Historic Tax Credits
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- National Trust Preservation Funds
- African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
- Jeffris Family Foundation
- Daughters of the American Revolution
- National Park Service
- Missouri Humanities
- Local Records Grant Program
- T Mobile Hometown Grants
- 1772 Foundation
“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.”
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.
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.
The National Trust has a variety of special grant programs.
These funds are “intended to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting on-going preservation work and by providing seed money for preservation projects.” These funds are not for brick & mortar preservation projects.
Fund created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation specifically focused on the preservation of African American history and culture.
“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.”
“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.”
Hosted by PreservationDirectory.com, this website is a comprehensive funding resource for historic preservation and cultural resource management. It includes many of the programs included on this page.
- African American Civil Rights Grants
- Disaster Recovery Grants
- Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
- History of Equal Rights Grants
- Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program
- Save America’s Treasures
- Tribal Heritage Grants
- Underrepresented Community Grants
- Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Grants
- American Battlefield Protection Program
Missouri Humanities is currently offering mini-grants with deadlines of May 1 & November 1, 2021.
Major-grant fund project applications are due February 1 & August 1.
“The Local Records Grant Program offers local governments, or political subdivisions with taxing authority, grant funding for approved records management or preservation projects. Permanent, long-term, or historically significant records are eligible for imaging grant funds. Grants may be funded up to 70% of the total project cost. The grant period runs from July 1st to June 30th.”
This program is in partnership with Main Street America and Smart Growth America. These grants focus on revitalizing community spaces in towns with a population of 50,000 or less.
This program offers grants to create historic preservation revolving funds to save historic properties.
Know of other funding opportunities? Share them with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!