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to Preserve Historically Significant Sites

Preservation Initiatives (PI) Grant Program

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DC Preservation League (DCPL)

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Deadline Date:

01/21/22 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $50,000 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: 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)
  • Research: 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 & 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).

Preservation Initiatives Fund: Brightwood Car Barn - 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.

Preservation Initiatives Fund: Virginia Avenue Tunnel - 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152135

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is available for the following four project types related to historic sites:
- Preservation Planning - Award Range: $5,000-$10,000
- Research - Award Range: $5,000-$10,000
- Outreach & Education - Award Range: $5,000-$10,000
- Bricks & Mortar - Award Range: $10,000-$50,000

Term of Contract:

Awarded projects must be completed within one year of signing the grant agreement. Bricks & Mortar projects are allowed up to two years for completion.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals and 501(c)3 organizations may apply. All applicants must provide a letter of support/sponsor letter with the application.

Not Funded:
- Organizational overhead costs including staff salaries;
- New construction or other capital improvement costs;
- Expenses incurred prior to award date;
- Rehabilitation work that is already underway at the time of application or has been previously completed;
- Projects that do not conform to The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The next virtual grant workshop will take place on Thursday, January 6th. Please see the DCPL Events page for details:

Pre-Application Information:

Current Deadlines
- October 22, 2021: Application opens
- January 21, 2022: Application closes – No exceptions

How to Apply:
1. Obtain letter of sponsorship
2. Complete online application
3. Mail (1) printed application packet to DCPL. Must be postmarked on or before January 21, 2022.

Match Requirements:
- Preservation Planning - Match Percentage Required: 25%
- Research - Match Percentage Required: 25%
- Outreach & Education - Match Percentage Required: 25%
- Bricks & Mortar - Match Percentage Required:100%

Grant applications must be submitted using the DC Preservation League’s Preservation Initiatives Grant online application form.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

One original copy of the application must be mailed to:
DC Preservation League c/o Zachary Burt (PI Grant)
1221 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 5A
Washington, DC 20036

Call or email DCPL’s Grants Manager to discuss any questions about the application. To schedule an application working session, please email the Grants Manager.

Zachary Burt, Outreach & Grants Manager
Phone: 202.417.6291

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC

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