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

Click here to fill out an 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

Click here to fill out an 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

Learn more about Landmarks Illinois Grant Programs

In 2017, PlaceEconomics prepared a report for Landmarks Illinois on our grant programs. The report looks at nearly 200 grants Landmarks Illinois has awarded over the past 33 years and shows grant recipients were able to use the LI funding to ultimately save an important historic resource and to leverage additional funds needed to finish a large-scale historic preservation project. Read the full study, “No Small Change: The Grant Programs of Landmarks Illinois,” below.

Read the Study

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