[Preservation Tips & Tools] Find Funding for Emergency/Intervention Preservation Projects
Unexpected damage to a historic building can be devastating, and figuring out the next steps can be overwhelming. The good news: The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Emergency/Intervention (E/I) Fund Grants might be able to help. While our Grants team hopes you never have a reason to ask about an Emergency/Intervention Fund grant, a grant for planning from the National Trust could be just what you need to kickstart a campaign to return a building to use post-disaster. This toolkit shares the information you need to apply for (and hopefully receive) an E/I Grant. While funding is limited, we want to help as much as we can, so check out the steps and see if your project fits the bill. http://blog.preservationnation.org
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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How to Find Funding for
Unexpected damage to a historic
building can be devastating, and
figuring out the next steps can be
overwhelming. The good news:
The National Trust for Historic
Preservation’s E/I Fund Grants
might be able to help.
What kinds of projects are eligible?
• If the site has been damaged in the last few days or weeks, and
• It was damaged by an unexpected event such as a fire, flood, or
high winds. A roof caving in from heavy snow probably would not be
eligible, since the roof failure could have been a previous
• Emergencies are not limited to natural disasters. Funding can also
be used to support advocacy campaigns in response to pending
legislation or development pressures.
• Contact the National Trust Grants Office (202-588-6277) if you have
questions about whether your project qualifies.
What do you need to know about
Emergency/Intervention Fund Grants?
• Emergency/Intervention (E/I) Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000
and do not require a cash match.
• Applicants need to be Organizational Level Forum members of the
• Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a
How to Use E/I Funds
E/I Funds can only be used for planning purposes. This means they
can’t be used to pay for the cleanup of a building after it has been
damaged, or for bricks and mortar reconstruction. Instead, they can
be used to bring in professionals, such as a structural engineer, to
create a plan for preserving the building.
Case Study: Burlington, Vermont
On October 23, 2013, a fire broke out in the east bell tower of the
College Street Congregational Church (above), an 1866 Gothic-revival
style church in Burlington, Vermont. E/I funding helped the
organization recover important information about its historic steeple.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s
historic places. Preservation Tips & Tools helps others do the same
in their own communities.
For more information, visit blog.preservationnation.org.
Photo courtesy: (pg. 1, left to right) Sarah P.
Lynch, Flickr; Mark Lincoln, Flickr; D.H. Wright,
Flickr; David Valdez, Flickr; gigi_nyc, Flickr; Sarah
P. Lynch, Flickr; World Bank Photo Collection,
Flickr; Don Shall, Flickr.