Preservation Initiatives Grant Program

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

The Preservation Initiatives Grant Program is administered by the DC Preservation League. The program is supported by three separate funding sources.

Click on the banners below to get important information about each fund’s eligibility requirements, application cycle, and other details.

Current Deadlines

We are now accepting grant applications for the 2020 grant cycle! Please see the banners above for additional information, and apply below.

Complete grant applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on January 16th, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Eligible Project Types

Funding is available for the following four 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)

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% (50% of total match must be cash that is on hand at time of signing grant agreement)
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

A grants workshop with DCPL’s Grants Manager will be held on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at 2pm. The workshop will include an overview of the grant application process, tips, and a question and answer session. Register for the grants workshop here.

Call or email DCPL’s Grants Manager to discuss any questions about the application. To schedule an application working session, please email, with “Grants Manager” in the subject line.

Previous Grant Recipients

Click on the links below to access descriptions of previously funded projects.

2014 Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients 

2016 Grant Recipients

Guidelines and Application Forms

Are you interested in applying for the Preservation Initiatives Grant?
Select the following links to access application guidelines and forms

PI Grant Guidelines

Application Tips & Instructions

PI Grant Online Application

Budget Form Note: you must use this form to upload your budget to the online application. Do NOT submit your own form.


For questions about the grant program please contact:

Jacqueline Drayer

Grants Manager

Phone: 202.783.5144

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