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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Perpetuate the Legacy of Modern Black Architects

Keeping It Modern: Conserving Black Modernism


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National Trust for Historic Preservation
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Deadline: 02/01/24 11:59 PM local time Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, and IHEs to perpetuate the legacy of twentieth-century Black architects. Eligible uses of funding include planning, capital improvements, and indirect costs. Grantees will also receive technical assistance in promotion and conservation management. The goal of the program is to empower and equip preservationists and stewards with funding and technical support to preserve the material heritage, innovation, and legacy of modern architectural sites designed by Black architects.

The Conserving Black Modernism grant program will support non-profits and municipalities to steward 16 historic assets of modern architecture through funding, technical assistance, public awareness, and education. The program will support eligible project planning activities and seeks to develop future-looking plans that model and strengthen stewardship, interpretation, and asset management. This program aims to increase recognition of Black architects and their artistic expressions as well as diversify the meaning of American modern architecture and design. The Action Fund invites proposals from a broad pool of applicants who steward these places for public benefit and access.

Historic assets must be at least 50 years old, but unique exceptions to this general rule will be considered.

While this is not an exhaustive list, the Fund is particularly interested in the following 20th-century property archetypes:

  • Buildings Located on HBCU Campuses
  • Community and Cultural Centers
  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Houses and Residences
  • Spaces Associated with Sports and Recreation
  • Green Book Sites
  • Sites associated with Women’s History
  • Sites associated with LGBTQ+ History

Conserving Black Modernism grants can also support projects consisting of a mix of project planning and limited capital improvements. Funding ratios will be balanced to prioritize project planning.

Eligible Activities and Expenses

Planning grants are available for research and planning projects for significant 20th-century buildings that involve practitioners from multiple disciplines and may include research on historical documentation; research on the historic fabric of the building; physical analysis and testing of original materials used in construction, such as their properties and performance under specific conditions; the development and testing of technical solutions; and preparation of technical drawings, budget estimates, and schedules of work. Planning projects may also include the creation of comprehensive management plans for developing cyclical maintenance and long-term care policies.

Examples of eligible projects include obtaining the services of consultants to develop the following plans/services for implementation by the applicant organization:

  • Conservation Management Plans
  • Material Analyses
  • Archival research, as part of a broader planning document
  • Structural Engineering Reports
  • Feasibility Studies (real estate development/reuse planning)
  • Historic Structures Reports with Cost Estimates
  • Engineering and Environmental Studies
  • Preservation and Interpretation Plans 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include:

- Public agencies: State or local agencies including boards, commissions, departments, accredited public colleges or universities, offices, agencies, public bodies, or political subdivisions of the state or of a county or municipality. Examples include state historic preservation offices, city and county preservation offices and planning departments, state and local commissions focused on different aspects of heritage, and publicly owned historic sites, cultural centers, libraries, and museums.

- 501(c)(3), and other (federally designated) nonprofit organizations: A broad range of 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply, including state and local preservation organizations, churches, accredited private colleges or universities, historic sites, museums, historical societies, and genealogical associations.

Ineligible Activities and Expenses:
- Catering, entertainment, food, and beverage costs
- Costs associated with planning for or constructing new buildings or structures, including the creation of monuments and statues
- Costs associated with the creation or maintenance of archival collections (books, documents, ephemera, etc.)
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
- Proposals that are capital project (Brick-and-mortar) focused without a project planning emphasis

Grants or any matching funds cannot be used directly or indirectly to influence a member of Congress to favor or oppose any legislation or appropriation.

Pre-Application Information
Opening: December 14, 2023
Deadline: February 1, 2024, 11:59 PM local time

While matching funds are not required for this program, projects that leverage additional investments are strongly preferred.

Grant recipients from previous rounds of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s National Grant Program are eligible to apply.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Guidelines:

Conserving Black Modernism Grant Program: Guidelines & Eligibility:

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants made from Conserving Black Modernism will total $150,000 each. Additional grantee support will include technical assistance, promotion, and conservation management training.

Grants from the AACHAF’s Conserving Black Modernism program may be used to fund up to 100% of the proposed project.

Up to 10% of awarded grant funds may be used for organizational overhead and administration costs.

Term of Contract
The grant period for this type of project will be 12 months.

Contact Information

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National Trust for Historic Preservation
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Washington, DC 20005


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