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Preservation Initiatives (PI) Grant Program

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and Individuals
to Preserve Historically Significant Sites

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DC Preservation League (DCPL)

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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations and individuals for the preservation of culturally and historically significant sites. Funding may be requested for research, planning, outreach and education, and brick and mortar projects. 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 is available for the following four project types related to historic sites:

Preservation Planning:
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)

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:
Development of programs or educational material related to a historic site(s) that actively engage and educate the public. (Building/site must be a locally designated historic landmark or a contributing resource to a historic district)

Bricks & Mortar:
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.

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

Brightwood Car Barn Fund:

The goal of the fund is to provide the widest possible distribution of funding to the Brightwood Community and Ward 4 of the city to enhance the citizens’ knowledge and understanding of historic resources in the community that add to the area’s unique cultural heritage.

Eligible Properties: Listed or eligible properties located in the Brightwood neighborhood or Ward 4 of DC

Mid-century Modern & Religious Properties Fund

The goal of the fund is to provide city-wide distribution of funding to enhance the citizens’ knowledge and understanding of Mid-century Modern (c.1933-1976) and/or historic religious architecture in Washington.

Eligible Properties: Listed or eligible properties in DC considered to be Mid-century Modern in style and/or a religious property.

Virginia Avenue Tunnel Fund

The goal of the fund is to distribute funds within the geographic area surrounding the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project that will be used to preserve, restore, research, identify and evaluate, interpret or otherwise benefit historic resources within the project area.

Eligible Properties: Listed or eligible properties located within the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Area of Potential Effect

Each application will be scored based on the following selection criteria:

Historic Significance:
-Cultural significance to Washington, DC
-Alignment with the mission of the grant program
-Project contributes to equitable distribution of grant funds within intended grant areas

Project Management:
-Project is well-defined and has an achievable scope
-Schedule is clearly defined with achievable project goals identified
-Demonstrates capacity and experience with budgeting

Community Impact:
-Demonstrated community interest and support
-Project includes educational or public outreach activities
-Final project will be accessible to the public

Project Urgency:
-Property is threatened by incompatible development or demolition
-Property or site has been identified as an endangered historic property

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152135

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Preservation Planning: $5,000 - $10,000
-Research: $5,000 - $10,000
-Outreach & Education: $5,000 - $10,000
-Bricks & Mortar: $10,000 - $50,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year of initial grant funding. Bricks & Mortar projects may be completed within two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals and 501(c)3 organizations may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant workshop with DCPL’s Grants Manager will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. The workshop will include an overview of the grant application process, tips, and a question and answer session.

Pre-Application Information:

Preservation Planning, Research, and Outreach & Education Grants require a 25% match. Brick & Mortar projects require a 100% match.

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.).

The 2017 funding round will open on Monday, October 16th, 2017. The application period will close on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP for the October 24 grant workshop:

Apply Online:

Jacqueline Drayer, Outreach & Grants Manager

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

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