The National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) accepts grant applications three times per year. Grants are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector.
National Trust Preservation Fund grants are awarded for planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation.
Planning: Support for obtaining professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, and law. Eligible planning activities include, but are not limited to:
- Hiring a preservation architect or landscape architect to produce a historic structure report or historic landscape master plan.
- Hiring a preservation planner to produce design guidelines for a historic district.
- Hiring a real estate development consultant to produce an economic feasibility study for the reuse of a threatened structure.
- Sponsoring a community forum to develop a shared vision for the future of a historic neighborhood.
Education and Outreach: Support for preservation education activities aimed at the public. The National Trust is particularly interested in programs aimed at reaching new audiences. Funding will be provided to projects that employ innovative techniques and formats aimed at introducing new audiences to the preservation movement, whether that be through education programming or conference sessions.
Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1.
If the first of the month falls on a weekend, applications will be due on the following Monday.