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[Preservation Tips & Tools] Find Funding for Emergency/Intervention Preservation Projects

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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.

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[Preservation Tips & Tools] Find Funding for Emergency/Intervention Preservation Projects

  1. 1. How to Find Funding for EMERGENCY/INTERVENTION PRESERVATION PROJECTS
  2. 2. Emergency/ Intervention (E/I) Fund Grants 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.
  3. 3. 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 maintenance issue.
  4. 4. Additional eligibility • 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.
  5. 5. 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 National Trust. • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a government agency.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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. Read more.
  8. 8. 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.

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