Landmarks Illinois Grants

Preservation Heritage Fund Grant

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. The Preservation Heritage Fund was established in 2004.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • February 15
  • May 15
  • August 15
  • November 15

GUIDELINES

Read the Heritage Fund Grant Guidelines to learn about grant eligibility, types of projects, size of grants, how to apply, and the grant review process

APPLICATION

Download the Preservation Heritage Fund Application.

ELIGIBLE PROJECT TYPES

Preservation Heritage Fund grants fund the following project types:

  • Engineering, architectural, and feasibility studies
  • Stabilization
  • Legal services
  • Surveys and National Register Nominations
  • Preservation ordinance support

CONTACT

Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements: (312) 922-1742 extension 225 or via email.

Grant Recipients

The Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund Grant

The Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois provides monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures and sites in Illinois. Eligible beneficiaries include significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. Landmarks Illinois manages the fund, which was established in 2013.

Deadlines for Donnelley Preservation Fund Grant Applications

  • May 15
  • November 15

GUIDELINES

Read the Donnelley Preservation Fund Grant Guidelines to learn about grant eligibility, types of projects, size of grants, how to apply, and the grant review process.

APPLICATION

Download the Donnelley Preservation Fund Grant Application.

GRANT AWARDS

Donnelley Preservation Fund grants are awarded for planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation. Projects may include engineering, architectural, and feasibility studies; legal services; surveys and National Register of Historic Places nominations; and/or preservation ordinance support.

Planning:

Support for 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 to produce a historic structure report or historic landscape master plan
  • Hiring a preservation planner to produce design guidelines for a historic district
  • Hiring a real estate development consultant 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

Education and Outreach:

Support for preservation education activities aimed at the public with particular interest 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

CONTACT

Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements: (312) 922-1742 extension 225 or via email.

Photo: Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago (credit: Martin Cheung)

Grant Recipients

WWI Monument Preservation Grant Program

The Landmarks Illinois WWI Monument Preservation Grant Program provides funding to WWI outdoor monuments and memorials in Illinois in need of restoration to recover their dedication-era quality and appearance. The grant program was launched in March 2017, shortly before the 100th anniversary of the United State’s entry into WWI on April 6, 2017. This program is made possible with generous support from the Pritzker Military Foundation.

Deadlines

The Landmarks Illinois World War I Monument Preservation Grant Program is a short-term initiative. Grants will be awarded during 2017 and 2018 with the following application deadlines:

  • May 15, 2017
  • November 15, 2017
  • May 15, 2018
  • August 15, 2018

guidelines

Nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to apply to the grant program to help fund their eligible WWI monument restoration projects. Qualifying monuments/memorials need not be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or otherwise landmarked. Read the full guidelines to learn about eligibility, types of projects and size of grants.

Application

Please submit the application in digital format on a CD or jump drive (Please do not send via email).

Download the application here.

Eligible project types

Eligible scopes of work can include, but are not limited to, the following resource treatments:

  • Repair
  • Cleaning
  • Repointing
  • Replacement of Documented Missing Elements
  • Replacement of Original Organic Landscape Elements
  • Relocation Out of Harm’s Way of Subject Monument

contact

Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements: (312) 922-1742 extension 225 or via email.
Read the March 21, 2017 press release announcing this new grant program.

*Learn more about an additional grant opportunity, “100 Cities/100 Memorials,” launched jointly through the World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, with support from The American Legion. 

Grant Recipients

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