PRESERVATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Kentucky Preservation Fund
The Kentucky Preservation Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Owsley Brown, II; Mr. and Mrs. Barry Bingham, Jr.; and Linda B. Bruckheimer to celebrate the 2004 National Preservation Conference in Louisville and to provide funding for preservation projects in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The program is a cooperative venture between the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and Preservation Kentucky.
Typical uses for grants from the fund include community revitalization efforts, feasibility studies for endangered buildings and sites, architectural planning, landscape research and planning, development of heritage education programs, emergency stabilization, and co-sponsorships of workshops and conferences.
The Kentucky Preservation Fund uses the National Trust Preservation Fund application form and eligibility requirements. Application deadlines are October 1, February 1, and June 1. Generally grants from the Kentucky Preservation Fund range from $500 to $5,000 and must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar cash basis.
Applications for grants must be submitted to the National Trust's Southern Office. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Preservation Kentucky, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and the Southern Office of the National Trust before submitting an application. Applications will be reviewed by staff of these agencies/organizations.
Download a pdf version of the application.
For more information, contact Preservation Kentucky at email@example.com or 502.871.4570.
Other National Trust Grants
The National Trust sponsors several other granting opportunities non-specific to Kentucky, such as the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund. For more information, please visit the National Trust's website.
State Grants and Tax Credits
There are very few grant opportunities available in the state of Kentucky that support historic preservation specifically. As of 2005, the Kentucky Heritage Council administers a State Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, in addition to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit program.
The State credit offers homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and local governments returns between 20-to-30 percent of their certified rehabilitation expenses on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Other state programs of interest include: