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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. This grant program is 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
  • Research
  • Outreach & Education
  • Bricks & Mortar

For more information about the four project types, see the "URL for Full Text" link below.

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.

For more information, see the following link:

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.

For more information, see the following link:

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. 

For more information, see the following link:

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:

Pre-application Workshop:

Thursday, November 14th, 2:00-3:30 pm
DCPL Office (above Lucky Bar)
1221 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 5A
Washington, DC 20036

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Pre-Application Information:

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

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.).

If you are unable to attend this workshop, you may call or email DCPL’s Grants Manager to discuss any questions about the application

Contact Information:

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

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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