Press Release: December 2017 Grant Recipients

Landmarks Illinois Awards $32,500 in Funding to Latest Round of Grant Recipients


December 19, 2017


Media Contact:

Kaitlyn McAvoy
Communications Manager, Landmarks Illinois

CHICAGO – Landmarks Illinois is awarding $32,500 total to eight Illinois preservation projects in its latest round of grant funding through the Preservation Heritage Fund, Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund and Landmarks Illinois WWI Monument Preservation grant programs. Landmarks Illinois’ grant programs provide funding to significant historic structures throughout the state that require repair, stabilization, structural or reuse evaluation or need to be assessed for landmark eligibility.

Individual grant amounts for the latest round of funding range between $2,000 and $10,000 each. Grant amounts are decided upon, in part, by the size and scope of the historic preservation project. Grant applications for the latest round of funding were submitted in November, and the Landmarks Illinois Executive Board of Directors approved the grant recipients on December 12, 2017.

“Landmarks Illinois is proud to continue to provide necessary funding to enable communities to save the special historic places that make our cities and state unique, especially in recognition of Illinois’ Bicentennial year,” said Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO of Landmarks Illinois. “Our grants, while relatively small, have a major impact on these communities and historic sites, as a recent analysis of our grants program has shown.”

December 2017 Grant Recipients

Four grants have been awarded through the Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund. These grant recipients are:

  • Hyde Park Historical Society: $5,000 for the restoration of the Cable Car Building in Chicago
  • Gifford Park Association: $2,000 for a feasibility study of the David Cook Home in Elgin
  • Village of Rantoul: $3,000 for a feasibility study of the First National Bank Building in Rantoul
  • Village of Elsah: $3,000 for the restoration of the Mott Building in Elsah

Read more about our Preservation Heritage Fund grant recipients at our website.


One grant has been awarded through the Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois.

  • Evanston History Center: $2,500 for the restoration of the Charles Gates Dawes House in Evanston

Read more about our Donnelley Preservation Fund grant recipients at our website.


Landmarks Illinois also awarded three grants through its WWI Monument Preservation Grant Program. These grant recipients are:

  • Village of Elkhart: $5,000 for restoration of the Doughboy statue and park site
  • Herrin American Legion Post 645: $10,000 for the restoration of the Herrin Doughboy statue
  • Village of Winnetka: $2,000 for ongoing maintenance of Winnetka Memorial Cenotaph*

*Winnetka’s Memorial Cenotaph was also recently the recipient of a grant award from the United States World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s 100 Cites/100 Memorials program.

Read more about our WWI Monument Preservation Grant Program recipients at our website.


About Landmarks Illinois Grant Programs

The Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program was created in 2004 and targets projects focusing on engineering, architectural and feasibility studies, stabilization, legal services, survey and National Register Nominations as well as preservation ordinance support. Preservation Heritage Fund grants are awarded four times a year.

The Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois was created in 2013 to provide monetary assistance to planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation. These grants are awarded twice a year.

The Landmarks Illinois WWI Monument Preservation Grant Program, launched in 2017, provides funding to WWI outdoor monuments and memorials in Illinois in need of restoration to recover their dedication-era quality and appearance. This program is made possible with generous support from the Pritzker Military Foundation and is available in 2017 and 2018.

Learn more about our grant programs and eligible projects by clicking on “Financial Resources” under the “Resources” tab on our website, You can also read our recent grant impact report, “No Small Change: The Grant Programs of Landmarks Illinois,” at our website.

About Landmarks Illinois

Landmarks Illinois is a membership-based nonprofit organization serving the people of Illinois. Visit to learn more.



(pictured above: The Mott Building in Elsah.)

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