Frequently Asked Questions

What is HistoricFunding.com?

The site includes over 7,500 funding sources (grants, loans, tax incentives, rebate programs, CLG funds, and easement programs), as well as work-training and educational resources (apprenticeships, fellowships and internships, scholarships, and residency programs).

HistoricFunding.com provides comprehensive funding and work-training/educational resources, which cover the various fields within cultural resource management. There are programs for historic preservation and building restoration (including emergency repair programs), museums and cultural resource conservation, architecture and design, downtown and main street revitalization, libraries and archives, archaeology, the arts (performing, visual, writing) and the humanities.

Programs are available Locally/Countywide/Regionally, Statewide, and Nationally (National & Federal Programs). The site covers the entire United States and US Territories.

What is included in the HistoricFunding.com Database?

The site includes over 7,500 funding sources (grants, loans, tax incentives, rebate programs, CLG funds, and preservation easement programs), as well as work-training and educational resources (apprenticeships, fellowships and internships, scholarships, and residency programs).

HistoricFunding.com provides comprehensive funding and work-training/educational resources, which cover the various fields within cultural resource management. There are programs for historic preservation and building restoration (including emergency repair programs), museums and cultural resource conservation, architecture and design, downtown and main street revitalization, libraries and archives, archaeology, the arts (performing, visual, writing) and the humanities.

Financial Funding Sources for Historic Preservation and Restoration, Cultural Resource Management and The Arts:

Grants: architecture and design grants, historic preservation and restoration grants, home repair, rehab and emergency repair grants, cultural resource management grants, downtown and main street revitalization grants, library grants, archives and archival grants, museum grants, archaeology grants, theater revitalization grants, barns and farmland grants, arts (performance, visual arts, writing) grants, humanities grants, research grants, operating cost for organizations grants, publication and research grants, technical assistance grants, signage grants, and transportation infrastructure grants.

Loans: historic preservation and restoration loans, home repair, rehab and emergency repair loans, cultural resource management loans, museum loans, arts (performing, visual arts, writing) loans, humanities loans, and small business assistance loans.

Tax Incentives: Local, city-wide / county-wide, statewide and federal tax incentive programs for historic preservation and restoration, downtown and main street revitalization, tax incentives for the arts (performing arts, visual arts, writing), and tax incentives for museums and cultural resource management.

Rebate Programs: historic preservation and restoration rebate programs, home repair, rehab and emergency repair rebate programs, and arts rebate programs.

Certified Local Government (CLG) Funds: funds available to Certified Local Governments (CLGs).

Awards & Prizes: Awards and prizes (both financial and non-financial / honorary) in archaeology, architecture and design, historic preservation and restoration, libraries and archives, museums and cultural resources, urban planning, the arts (performing, visual arts, writing), and the humanities.

Preservation Easement Programs: local, statewide and federal preservation easement programs.

Work-Training & Educational Resources for Historic Preservation and Restoration, Cultural Resource Management and The Arts:

Fellowships & Internships: archaeology fellowships and internships, architecture and design fellowships and internships, building arts fellowships and internships, historic preservation fellowships and internships, library fellowships and internships, archives and archival fellowships and internships, museum fellowships and internships, cultural resource fellowships and internships, art conservation and collections fellowships and internships, urban planning fellowships and internships, arts (performing, visual arts, writing) fellowships and internships, and humanities fellowships and internships.

Scholarships: archaeology scholarships, architecture and design scholarships, building arts scholarships, historic preservation scholarships, art conservation and collections conservation scholarships, library scholarships, archives and archival scholarships, museum scholarships, cultural resource scholarships, urban planning scholarships, arts (performing, visual arts, writing) scholarships, and scholarships in the humanities.

Apprenticeships: architecture and design apprenticeships, building arts apprenticeships, historic preservation apprenticeships, library apprenticeships, archives and archival apprenticeships, museum apprenticeships, cultural resource apprenticeships, archaeology apprenticeships, arts (performing arts, visual arts, writing) apprenticeships, and apprenticeships in the humanities.

Residency: architecture and design residencies, historic preservation residencies, building arts residencies, library residencies, archives and archival residencies, museum residencies, cultural resource residencies, archaeology residencies, urban planning residencies, art conservation and collections conservation residencies, arts (performing, visual arts, writing) residencies, and residencies in the humanities.

How Many Programs Are Listed in the HistoricFunding.com Database?

There are over 7,500 programs currently listed in the HistoricFunding.com database. New programs are added every week. Types of program listed include: grants, loans, tax incentives, rebate programs, CLG funds, easement programs, apprenticeships, fellowships and internships, scholarships, and residency programs.

How Often is the Database Updated?

All website URLs in the database are automatically scanned every 3 days to ensure that they are as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

What Projects Can Benefit From Funding included in the HistoricFunding.com Database?

While the primary focus of HistoricFunding.com is funding for historic preservation and restoration projects, there are a wide variety of historic and cultural projects that will benefit from funding programs in the database. The site provides information on funding for: museums, archives, libraries, document conservation and restoration, downtown and main street revitalization, theater restoration, art conservation and restoration, archaeology, the arts (performing arts, visual arts, writing), organizational operating costs, architecture and design, emergency repair and rehab, low income assistance, assistance with a local or National Register of Historic Places nomination, and general historic preservation and restoration projects.

What Areas of Emphasis Does the HistoricFunding.com Database Cover?

Each program listed in the HistoricFunding.com database is tagged with a variety of keywords that pertain to that programs area of emphasis. With over 70 different keywords, the programs included cover a far-reaching spectrum of projects related to historic preservation, cultural resource management and the arts.

Areas of Emphasis:

Here are the primary areas of emphasis covered by the programs listed in the database. There are grants, loans, tax incentives, rebate programs, CLG funds, awards and prizes, fellowships, internships, scholarships, apprenticeships, residency programs in the following areas: Historic Preservation and Building Restoration; Architecture and Design; Archaeology, Museums and Cultural Resources; Downtown and Main Street Revitalization; Libraries and Archives; The Humanities; and The Arts (Performing, Visual Arts, Writing).

Keywords included in HistoricFunding.com Database:

African American - American History - Anthropology - Archaeology - Architecture & Design - Archive - Art Conservation - Arts - Asian American - Barn - Battlefield - Building Arts - Building Restoration - Cemetery Preservation - Church - Civil Rights - Collections - Community - Conservation - Courthouse - Cultural Landscapes - Cultural Resources - Cultural Tourism - Dance - Design - Digital - Disabled Persons - Disaster Recovery - Document Conservation - Downtown - Drama - Education - Elderly - Emergency Repair - Endangered Properties - Energy Efficiency - Event - Facade - Farm - Film - Financial Assistance - Folk Arts - Gravestone - Heritage Areas - Heritage Conservation - Heritage Tourism - Historic Preservation - Historic Restoration - Hispanic - Historic - Historic Site - Historic Marker - Home Rehab - Home Repair - Humanities - Interior Design - Jewish - Landscape Architecture - Latino - Lead Paint Remediation - LGBTQ - Library - Libraries & Archives - Lighthouse - Literary - Low Income - Main Street - Maritime - Media - Military History - Minority - Monument - Museum - Music - National Historic Landmark - National Park Service - National Register Nomination - National Register of Historic Places - National Trust for Historic Preservation - Native American - Neighborhood - Operating Costs - Oral History - Performing Arts - Planning - Preservation - Preservation Easement - Publication - Radio - Railway - Rehabilitation - Restoration - Research - Revolving Funds - Rural - Sacred Places - Signage - Small Business Assistance - Statue - Structural Project - Student - Technical Assistance - Television - Theater Restoration - Traditional Arts - Traditional Building - Transportation Infrastructure - Travel - Urban Planning - Veterans - Visual Arts - Women - World History - Writing - Youth

Who Can Use HistoricFunding.com?

Programs in the HistoricFunding.com are available to all - individuals, business entities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and federally-recognized tribes. Please note, however, that each program will have different eligibility requirements (ie. Some programs are only available for non-profit organizations, while some programs are only available to private individuals, etc). Each program listed will have an accompanying website link for full program information, eligibility requirements, deadlines, etc.

Are Funding Programs Available for Private Homeowners?

The programs listed in the database cover private homeowners (both those in historic districts and those not in historic districts), so there should be a variety of programs (grants, loans and tax incentives) that you may be eligible.

When you do a search, you will identify as an “Individual and/or Business” (this is on Step 2 of the form), which will bring up programs specific to individuals (as opposed to a Non Profit Organization, Government Agency, Educational Facility, etc).

Each result provides a website link and phone number (many also have email addresses), so that you can further investigate the funding opportunity to see if you are eligible, deadlines, etc. You can also bookmark (“favorite”) the results and they will be stored in your member area so that you can access them whenever you have time to do further research.

Are Funding Programs Available for Government Agencies?

Yes, there are many programs that are available for Government Agencies (as well as Non-Profit Organizations, and Individuals/Businesses). On the “Search for Funding” tool, you choose under Step 2 what type of organization you are (ie. Government Agency, Non-Profit Organization, Individual/Business), so you can do a search for programs specific to your situation.

Can I Save My Search Results?

Yes! When you do a search, you will receive a list of results. Clicking on each result will take you to a page with more information about each program. At the top right-hand corner of the screen with the program information you will see a “heart”. Clicking on this will save the program to your members area, where you can return at any time to review the program information and contact the program organization for more information.

Does HistoricFunding.com Offer Funding Programs Themselves?

No, all programs in the HistoricFunding.com database are offered by third-party organizations, agencies, foundations and private funding sources. Each search result will include the program name, contact information (address, phone number, email address) and website link. Please contact the organization listed for more information about each funding program.

What Does My Membership Fee Cover?

Memberships to HistoricFunding.com can be purchased for a 1 month (30 day) membership at $25.00, or for a 12 month (365 day) membership at $85.00. Membership provides access to the comprehensive database, which currently contains over 7,500 funding programs (grants, loans, tax incentives, rebate programs, awards and prizes, CLG funds, and preservation easement programs) and work-training / educational programs (scholarships, internships, fellowships, apprenticeships, and residency programs).

The membership fee helps to cover website operating expenses, maintenance, research, data entry and staff time.

Are Student Memberships Available?

We have had several requests to offer a reduced membership rate for students and we are happy to announce that student memberships for HistoricFunding.com are now available! If you are a high school student, or a student at an accredited educational institution (undergraduate or graduate program), you can receive a reduced rate for a monthly or a yearly membership.

Here are the student rates:

Unfortunately, our student rates aren’t available through the online membership sign-up form, so you will need to call us at 503-308-0500 to sign up for the student rate. If you have any questions about the student rate or any other questions, please contact us via the website or by phone at 503-308-0500.

Are Funding Programs Available for Canada?

The HistoricFunding.com database covers historic preservation / restoration, cultural resource and the arts funding programs in the United States and US Territories only, so unfortunately there are no programs listed for Canada. We do, however, have general resources listed for Canada in our “General Resources” section (there is no fee to access this information). You can find the list of general funding resources at: https://historicfunding.com/GeneralFundingResources.

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