Mission
The Preservation Initiatives (PI) Grant Program provides matching grants to individuals and non-profit organizations for preservation planning, research, outreach/education, and bricks and mortar projects related to historic and cultural sites. These grants are intended to help stimulate public discussion, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, make technical expertise accessible, and encourage partnerships.

Funding Sources (click on banners below for additional information)
The Preservation Initiatives Grant Program is administered by the DC Preservation League. The program is supported by three separate funding sources:

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Current Deadlines

The 2017 funding rounds have not yet been announced.  We expect to have new information in the fall.  If you have questions, please contact jacqueline@dcpreservation.org 


Eligible Project Types

Funding is available for the following 4 project types related to historic sites:

Preservation Planning
Award Range: $5,000-$10,000 | Match Percentage Required: 25%
Develop strategies for the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of a historic property/site. (Building/site must be a locally designated historic landmark or a contributing resource to a historic district)

Research
Award Range: $5,000-$10,000 | Match Percentage Required: 25%
Support for research efforts related to a historic property/site. (Applicant must make a strong case for the historic significance of the building/site. Research that will support development of a nomination must demonstrate owner support)

Outreach & Education
Award Range: $5,000-$10,000 | Match Percentage Required: 25%
Development of programs or educational material related to a historic site(s) that actively engage & educate the public. (Building/site must be a locally designated historic landmark or a contributing resource to a historic district)

Bricks & Mortar* 
Award Range: $10,000-$50,000 | Match Percentage Required:100%
Exterior work that physically preserves a historic property (Building/site must be a locally designated historic landmark or a contributing resource to a historic district). *A preservation plan and/or a supporting report is strongly encouraged.

Eligible Applicants
Individuals and 501(c)3 organizations may apply.  All applicants must provide a letter of support/sponsor letter with the application. The letter must be from a community organization (e.g. Ward Councilmember, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), neighborhood association, etc.). Projects must be completed within one year of initial grant funding (Bricks & Mortar projects may be completed within two years).


Workshops & Information Sessions

Click here to view a presentation about the program along with some application dos and don’ts.

Call or email DCPL’s Grants Manager to discuss any questions about the application. To schedule an application working session, please email jacqueline@dcpreservation.org


Previous Grant Recipients

Click the links provided below to read about previously approved projects:

2014 Grant Recipients
2015 Grant Recipients 


Are you interested in the Preservation Initiatives Grant?
For more information on the program and how to apply, select one of the following links to find out more.

Links

Brightwood Car Barn Fund – Flier

Mid-century Modern and Religious Properties Fund – Flier

Virginia Avenue Tunnel – Flier

PI Grant Guidelines

Application Tips & Instructions

PI Grant Online Application

PI Grant Blank Application

Budget Form

Contact

For questions about the grant program please contact:

Jacquline Drayer
Outreach & Grants Manager

Phone: 202.783.5144
Email: jacqueline@dcpreservation.org

Address:
D.C. Preservation League
1221 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 5A
Washington, D.C. 20036