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National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF)

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Funding Amount

$2,500 – $5,000

Matching Funds

Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount on a one-to-one basis. Both cash and in-kind donations count toward the one-to-one required match. The required match can come from private or public sources, from income earned from registration fees or sales, or from fundraising activities. In-kind donations of labor, materials or services will also be considered eligible for meeting the matching requirement. Matching funds must be used to fund eligible expenses listed below. Other funding from the National Trust may not be used to match an NTPF grant

Funding Cycle

Deadlines in February, June, October
Note (application become available 6-8 weeks prior to deadline and process is completed within ten weeks of application deadline - rolling basis)


Grant funds can be used to launch new initiatives or to provide additional support to ongoing efforts:

Planning: Supporting existing staff (nonprofit applicants only) or obtaining professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, and law. Eligible planning activities include, but are not limited to:
- Hiring a preservation architect or landscape architect, or funding existing staff with expertise in these areas, to produce a historic structure report or historic landscape master plan
- Hiring a preservation planner, or funding existing staff with expertise in this area, to produce design guidelines for a historic district
- Hiring a real estate development consultant, or funding existing staff with expertise in this area, to produce an economic feasibility study for the reuse of a threatened structure
- Sponsoring a community forum to develop a shared vision for the future of a historic neighborhood
- Organizational capacity building activities such as hiring fundraising consultants, conducting board training, etc

Education and Outreach: Support for preservation education activities aimed at the public. The National Trust is particularly interested in programs aimed at reaching new audiences. Funding will be provided to projects that employ innovative techniques and formats aimed at introducing new audiences to the preservation movement, whether that be through education programming or conference sessions

Other eligible and Ineligible expenses listed on website

Who Can Apply

- Applicants must be either a public agency, 501(c) (3), or other nonprofit organization to be considered eligible. Applicants that have received previous National Trust financial assistance are eligible provided that all grant requirements are current

- No more than three grants will be awarded in any two-year period to a single grantee. Only one grant will be awarded per organization in any grant round. Only one grant will be awarded for a particular project phase

- Only Organizational Level Preservation Leadership Forum Members, Main Street America Community Members, and Main Street America General Members are eligible to receive funding from the National Trust Preservation Fund. Organizations do not need to have an active membership to apply for a grant, but selected grantees will be required to become members prior to the release of funds

Additional Eligibility Requirements

North Carolina and other States in the US (depends on the grant)

Additional Information

Additional information or questions, email:

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