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Conserving Black Modernism

Getty Foundation and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Funding Amount


Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Letter of Intent: December 19, 2022
Application Deadline: March 21, 2023
Cycle occurs yearly


Examples of eligible projects include obtaining the services of consultants to develop the following plans/services for implementation by the applicant organization:
- Conservation Management Plans
- Material Analysis
- Archival research, as part of a broader planning document
- Structural Engineering Reports
- Feasibility studies (real estate development/reuse planning)
- Historic Structures Reports with Cost Estimates
- Engineering and Environmental Studies
- Preservation & Interpretation Plans

Planning grants are available for research and planning projects for significant 20th-century buildings that involve practitioners from multiple disciplines and may include research of historical documentation; research on the historic fabric of the building; physical analysis and testing of original materials used in construction, such as their properties and performance under specific conditions; the development and testing of technical solutions; and preparation of technical drawings, budget estimates, and schedules of work. Planning projects may also include the creation of comprehensive management plans for developing cyclical maintenance and long-term care policies

Who Can Apply

While this is not an exhaustive list, there are several 20th-century property archetypes we are particularly interested in:

- Buildings located on the Campuses of HBCUs
- Churches and Sacred Places
- Community and Cultural Centers
- Schools
- Libraries
- Houses and Residences
- Spaces Associated with Sports & Recreation
- Green Book Sites
- Sites associated with Women’s History
- Sites associated with LGBTQ+ History

Eligible applicants include:
- Public agencies: State or local agencies including boards, commissions, departments, accredited public colleges or universities, offices, agencies, public bodies, or political subdivisions of the state or of a county or municipality. Examples include state historic preservation offices, city and county preservation offices and planning departments, state and local commissions focused on different aspects of heritage, and publicly owned historic sites, cultural centers, libraries, and museums
- 501(c)(3), and other (federally designated) nonprofit organizations: A broad range of 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply, including state and local preservation organizations, churches, accredited private colleges or universities, historic sites, museums, historical societies, and genealogical associations

Additional Eligibility Requirements

There is a two-step process to be considered for funding:
1. Letter of Intent
- A preliminary indication of interest and capacity. All Letters of Intent must be submitted through the National Trust’s online grant application system by the deadline, or they will not be reviewed. A link to the application system is included at the bottom of this page

2. Application
- The Letter of Intent review period will take approximately twelve weeks. All applicants will be notified of their status at the end of this initial review period, in early March. If the applicant’s Letter of Intent is accepted, a full application will be requested. Instructions on how to complete the full application will be sent only to those organizations moving forward. Applicants will have approximately four weeks to complete and submit the full application once they receive a notice to proceed



Additional Information

For additional information and/or questions, email the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Department at

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