Some Thoughts On Preservation Funding

 SOME THOUGHTS ON PRESERVATION FUNDING

The following programs offer grants for historic preservation planning and/or construction work.  Most grants are available only to nonprofit organizations and municipalities, require a cash or in-kind match, and are quite competitive.  National Register, State Register, or local landmark designation is required for most programs.

New York State Council on the Arts; Contact: Kristin Herron (212) 741-7848; www.nysca.org

Facilities (Design & Planning) (1, 7)
Work funded: design & planning 
Grant range: typically $5,000 to $49,500 
Application deadline: varies (refer to website) 
Award date: varies (refer to website)

Facilities (Capital Projects / Fixtures & Equipment) (1, 7) 
Work funded: capital and labor costs 
Grant range: $5,000 to $49,500 
Application deadline: varies (refer to website) 
Award date: varies (refer to website)  

Preservation League of New York State; Contact: Tania Werbizky, (607) 272-6510, www.preservenys.org

Preserve New York Grant Program (7)
Work funded: cultural resource surveys, historic structure reports, historic landscape reports 
Funding range: $3,000 to $10,000 
Application deadline: around May 1 (refer to website) 
Award date: early September

Technical Assistance Grant Program (7)
Work funded: professional studies e.g. condition surveys, reuse/feasibility studies, structural analyses
Funding range: $3,000 maximum, $500 match required
Application deadline: spring and fall (see website)
Award date: within six weeks

The Community Foundation; Contact: Saul Maneiro, (585) 321-4356; www.racf.org

Historical Preservation Funds (formerly Klos and Holahan Funds)
Work funded: preservation, information, and education
Funding range: $10,000 to $20,000
Application deadline: varies, usually August to November
Award date: varies

Heritage Preservation; Contact: Teresa Martinez, (202) 233-0800; www.heritagepreservation.org

Conservation Assessment Program (CAP)
Work funded: general conservation assessment of small and mid-sized museum collections and structures
Funding range: N/A (program provides 2-day assessment)
Application deadline: applications accepted October to early December
Award date: varies

ReCAP
Work funded: new assessment at least seven years after initial CAP assessment
Funding range: N/A (program provides 2-day assessment)
Application deadline: applications accepted October to early December
Award date: varies

 New York Landmarks Conservancy; Contact: Ann-Isabel Friedman, (212) 995-5260; www.nylandmarks.org

Sacred Sites Program (3)
Work funded: planning and implementation
Funding range: up to $10,000
Application deadline: Jan. 15, June 1
Award date: 5 months later

Robert W. Wilson Challenge Grant (3)
Work funded: restoration
Funding range: $25,000 to $75,000
Application deadline: Jan. 15, June 1
Award date: 5 months later (refer to website)

The Landmark Society of Western New York; Contact: Caitlin Meives, (585) 546-7029; www.landmarksociety.org

Preservation Grant Fund
Work funded: Pre-construction planning (studies, reports)
Funding range: Up to $3,500
Application deadline: varies (refer to website)
Award date: varies

The Farash Foundation; Contact: Isobel Goldman, (585) 218-9855; www.farashfoundation.org

Building Repair Emergency Fund
Work funded: emergency building repairs; Monroe or Ontario Counties
Funding range: $25,000 maximum
Application deadline: Submit letter of inquiry any time

 National Trust for Historic Preservation; Contact: Northeast Office, (617) 523-0885; www.preservationnation.org

Preservation Fund (4)
Work funded: consultant services, feasibility studies
Funding range: $500 to $5,000
Application deadline: Feb. 1, June 1, Oct.1
Award dates: about six weeks later

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund (4)
Work funded: historic interiors work
Funding range: $2,500 to $10,000
Application deadline: Feb. 1
Award date: around May 1

Johanna Favrot Fund (4)
Work funded: consultant services
Funding range: $2,500 to $10,000
Application deadline: Feb. 1
Award date: around May 1

Hat Family Fund for Small Towns (4)
Work funded: preservation planning, education and outreach
Funding range: $2,500 to $10,000
Application deadline: varies (refer to website)
Award date: Within 3 months

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservationwww.nysparks.com/shpo

Certified Local Government Subgrants (5)
Work funded: historic resource studies and planning studies
Funding range: $3,000 to $20,000
Application deadline: varies (refer to website)
Award date: several months later
Contact: Lorraine Weiss, (518) 237-8643

Environmental Protection Fund (6)
Work funded: planning/restoration of historic properties
Funding range: up to $1 million
Application deadline: varies (refer to website)
Award date: varies
Contact: Lynn LeFeber, (716) 354-9101 (Rochester and Finger Lakes region); for other regions see website

Barn Restoration Tax Credit
Work funded: restoration/stabilization of historic, income-producing barns
Funding range: 25% of rehabilitation costs
Application deadline: File with tax return
Contact: (585) 237-8643

New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal;
http://www.dhcr.state.ny.us/Programs/NYMainStreet/

New York Main Street Grants (2)
Work funded: façade renovations, interior residential building upgrades, and streetscape enhancements
Funding range: $50,000-$500,000
Application deadline: varies (refer to website). Application is via the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).
Award date: varies (refer to website)

 

(1) Available to nonprofit arts/cultural organizations, Indian tribes, and municipalities.  A 1 to 1 match is required.

(2) Available to units of local government, business improvement districts, and other not-for-profit organizations that are committed to revitalizing historic downtowns, mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts, and village centers.

(3) Only for religious properties (primary worship space only).  A 1 to 1 match and listing in the National Register, State Register, and/or local register required.

(4) Only members of the National Trust at the Forum or Main Street levels are eligible to apply.

(5) Available to municipalities designated in the Certified Local Government program; refer to website.

(6) Covenants and matching up to 50% required.  Applications available through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application; contact OPRHP first for guidance.

(7) Religious institutions are not eligible to apply.

 

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