Foundation / Corporation
Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations and government agencies to protect and preserve important sites and structures. Funding is specifically intended to benefit sites at risk of demolition, deteriorating or unstable sites, and those that must be evaluated for re-use or for landmark eligibility.
- Eligible beneficiaries of Preservation Heritage Fund grants and/or loans are significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, imminent deterioration, or are of such architectural importance that their preservation will benefit the public and Illinois community.
- Structures or sites on Landmarks Illinois’ most recent “Endangered List” or the “Chicagoland Watch List” are presumed to be Eligible Structures.
- A project must benefit one or more specifically identified Eligible Structures or Sites and one or more specifically identified preservation issues. Projects relating to Eligible Structures or Sites on the most recent Landmarks Illinois “Endangered List” and the “Chicagoland Watch List” will be given priority consideration.
- A project must be for the purpose of preserving (rehabilitation, restoration, adaptive reuse) all or part of an Eligible Structure or Site. Ordinary expenses of owning or maintaining an Eligible Structure or Site will not be considered preservation expenses.
- A project must comply, where applicable, with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Rehabilitation, Restoration, or Adaptive Reuse. Landmarks Illinois may ask the applicant for an affidavit of compliance with these standards as a condition of making a grant and/or loan.
A project may include one or more of the following services, provided each service can satisfy the project conditions described above:
1. Engineering, architectural, and feasibility studies
4. Legal services
5. Surveys and National Register Nominations
6. Preservation ordinance support
GrantWatch ID#: 183798
Grants range from $500 - $5,000.
- Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations or governmental bodies. Landmarks Illinois, in exceptional circumstances, can determine other persons or organizations to be eligible applicants if it finds:
1. There is no other practical means of benefiting the Eligible Structure or Site but to grant and/or loan money to the applicant;
2. The public benefit of preserving the Eligible Structure or Site substantially outweighs the benefits to the applicant; and
3. Every effort has been made to protect the public benefit of the preservation grant and/or loan after it is made.
- Applicants must own the Eligible Structure or Site, or have sufficient legal control of the Eligible Structure or Site to permit the Eligible Project to be completed and protected as required by Landmarks Illinois.
- Applicants must possess the capacity to manage the grant and/or loan funds prudently and have the expertise to execute the Eligible Project in accordance with its approved conditions. An applicant that lacks one or both of these attributes must submit to the expertise of a pro bono Sponsor elected by Landmarks Illinois if, in its sole discretion, it offers to provide it.
- Applicants must agree to seek preservation protection for the Eligible Structure or Site from local, state, or national preservation organizations as applicable if not already protected.
- A project may not include services that have been completed at the time a grant and/or loan is requested.
- February 15
- May 15
- August 15
- November 15
Applications will be judged on the importance of the Eligible Structure and/or Site, the nature and degree of the threat of demolition, the quality of the applicant organization, and the quality of the proposed plan of action.
The size of the grant will be determined by the need of the Eligible Applicant and will be awarded on a matching basis. A match may be a direct dollar amount or, using volunteer labor or services, equal the value of the grant.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements
(312) 922-1742 extension 225
30 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2020
Chicago, IL 60602