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:
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: