ABOUT The Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois Grant Program
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.
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.
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.
Read our guidelines below to learn about grant eligibility, types of projects, size of grants, how to apply and the grant review process.Grant Guidelines