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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and Individuals for the Preservation of 20th Century Buildings

Preservation Initiatives (PI) Grant Program - Mid-Century Modern and Religious Properties


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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/19/18 Postmarked Save

Grant Description
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Washington, DC individuals and nonprofit organizations for preservation and outreach projects that will enhance citizens' knowledge of mid-century modern (1933-1976) and historic religious architecture.

Funding is available for the following 4 project types related to historic sites:

1) Preservation Planning ($5,000 - $10,000) - Develop strategies for the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of a historic property or site.

2) Research ($5,000 - $10,000) - Support for research efforts related to a historic property and 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.

3) Outreach & Education ($5,000-$10,000) - Development of programs or educational material related to a historic site(s) that actively engage and educate the public.

4) Bricks & Mortar ($10,000 - $50,000) - Exterior work that physically preserves a historic property. A preservation plan and/or a supporting report is strongly encouraged.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individuals and 501(c)3 organizations may apply.

Building/site must be a locally designated historic landmark or a contributing resource to a historic district.

Pre-Application Information
All grants require a 25% match, with the exception of Bricks and Mortar projects, which require a 100% match.

All applicants must provide a letter of support or sponsor letter with the application. The letter must be from a community organization (e.g. Ward Councilmember, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), neighborhood association, etc.).

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You may also submit an application via mail to the address listed below.

Estimated Size of Grant
-Bricks & Mortar: $10,000 - $50,000.
-All other grants: $5,000 - $10,000.

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

Contact Information
Tisha Allen, Outreach & Grants Manager

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

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