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How to Fund Your Preservation Project

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It takes money to make things happen. Money enables you to hire craftsmen, build advocacy campaigns, purchase materials and equipment, and much more. Asking for funding doesn’t have to be a daunting challenge, though. No matter your approach, there is one universal truth about fundraising: People give because someone asked them.

This toolkit provides you with some fundamental steps for fundraising. If you can put these basics into practice, then you will increase your chances of turning an ask into financial support for your great preservation work.

Learn more at http://SavingPlaces.org.

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How to Fund Your Preservation Project

  2. 2. 1. Raise money to support what matters. People give because they feel passionate about a cause and because they believe they can make a difference.
  3. 3. 2. People give to people. Find out as much as possible about prospective supporters in order to build meaningful and lasting relationships.
  4. 4. 3. Be accountable and ethical. It’s important to accurately track and report fundraising revenue and expenses. Be transparent with those who are helping support your work.
  5. 5. 4. Start with a plan. Make a list of people and places you will ask for funding. Decide when you’ll write your letters and/or apply for grants. Always read the guidelines for any grants you apply for.
  6. 6. 5. Search beyond traditional sources. Start with the National Trust Preservation Fund. Also consider private-sector philanthropies, corporate and family foundations, and community trusts. Think outside the box.
  7. 7. 6. Look at national funding resources. Explores websites like Grants.gov and other institutions like the National Park Service, The Getty, and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, for example.
  8. 8. 7. Research state funding resources. Talk to someone in your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Also look for community foundations in your state.
  9. 9. 8. Don’t forget local funding resources. Again, reach out to your SHPO for ideas on how to find local funding. And if your community is a Certified Local Government, it’s eligible for CLG grants that help a variety of preservation projects.
  10. 10. 9. Explore emergency grants. If your historic site has been damaged recently by an unexpected event such as a flood, fire, or high winds, it may also be eligible for a National Trust Emergency/Intervention Fund Grant. Funding can also be used to support advocacy campaigns in response to pending legislation or development pressures.
  11. 11. 10. Never give up. Think about fundraising as a conversation with someone, not a transaction, and you may find that it comes more naturally than you think. Don’t forget, the most important part is simply asking.
  12. 12. 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 SavingPlaces.org. Hazma Butt/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; el-toro/Flickr?CC BY 2.0; Ana Manzar08/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; Jason Eppink/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; Hazma Butt/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; Savannah River Site/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; www.GlynLowe.com/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; Hazma Butt/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; Hazma Butt/Flickr/CC BY 2.0; Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0; Alim Akbashev/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0.