Community Development Digest

National Trust Offers Affordable Housing Preservation Funds

A June 1 deadline approaches for National Trust for Historic Preservation members seeking grants of up to $5,000 used for preserving affordable housing units.

Beginning this year, the Trust is limiting grant awards to members of the National Trust who are Forum- or Main Street-level contributors to the Trust. Grants are used as seed money for preservation projects.

Grants fund planning and education efforts leading to affordable housing preservation. Eligible planning projects for the awards include acquisition of professional assistance in  architecture, preservation planning, land use and law.  Education projects include
those for innovative techniques to introduce new audiences to the preservation
movements and Trust priorities.

Grantees can receive no more than three awards during a two-year period and must provide a dollar-for-dollar match from private or public sources, or from activities such as fundraising or registration fees. At least three competitive bids or quotes are required for services supported by the Trust that exceed $25,000.  Projects must begin no more
than six months after the awards are announced. 

Grant deadlines are set three times annually; Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 1.

Info: National Trust, 202/588.6000.

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