Filing Date:

February 1, June 1 and October 1.


Public agencies, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations and other non-profit organizations; only Organizational Level Forum or Main Street America level members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are eligible to apply for funding under this program.


National Trust Preservation Funds grants are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects and supporting on-going preservation work. The grants are awarded for planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation.

The grants are meant to stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain technical expertise and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Funds may be used to hire preservation planning professionals such as an architect or planner to develop preservation guidelines or plans, or to promote educational and outreach initiatives such as the sponsoring of a community workshop, preparation of a report, or development of a website. Any documents or plans for preservation work that result from the project must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic PropertiesFunds cannot be used for building or other construction activities.

Grant projects must begin within six months of award date. Failure to begin the project in this timeframe may result in the cancellation of the grant and you will need to reapply for funding.

For example, a public agency or non-profit group wanting to undertake the restoration or rehabilitation of a train station might apply for National Trust Preservation Funds in order to pay for a professional building assessment or a preservation plan that will guide future efforts, including fundraising. A group might also be interested in publishing a pamphlet or developing a website that describes the station’s history and why it should be rehabilitated.


Grants generally range from $2,500 to $5,000. Applicants must be capable of matching the grant dollar-for-dollar; donated materials and services are generally not eligible sources of a match. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application with the aid of the regional National Trust office serving their state.

Additional Details

National Trust for Historic Preservation – National Trust Preservation Funds