These grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures or sites in the state of Illinois. Eligible beneficiaries of Preservation Heritage Fund Grants are significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. 

The Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Guidelines can be found at Landmarks.org

A project must be for the purpose of preserving through rehabilitation, restoration or adaptive reuse, all or part of an Eligible Structure or Site. 

A project may include one or more of the following services provided each service can satisfy the project conditions described in the Grant Guidelines: 

  • Engineering, architectural, and feasibility studies 
  • Stabilization 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Legal services 
  • Surveys and National Register Nominations 
  • Preservation ordinance support  

Application deadlines: February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15. 

Contact 

Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements 

(312) 922-1742

sgermann@landmarks.org  



The Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois provides monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures and sites in Illinois. Eligible beneficiaries include significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. Landmarks Illinois manages the fund, which was established in 2013. 

The Donnelley Preservation Fund Grant Guidelines can be found at Landmarks.org.  

Donnelley Preservation Fund grants are awarded for planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation. 

  • Planning: Support for obtaining professional expert Planning ise in areas such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, and law. Eligible planning activities include, but are not limited to: 
  1. Hiring a preservation architect or landscape architect to produce a historic structure report or historic landscape master plan 
  2. Hiring a preservation planner to produce design guidelines for a historic district
  3. Hiring a real estate development consultant to produce an economic feasibility study for the reuse of a threatened structure 
  4. Sponsoring a community forum to develop a shared vision for the future of a historic neighborhood 
  • Education and Outreach: Support for preservation ed Education and Outreach ucation activities aimed at the public with particular interest in programs aimed at reaching new audiences. Funding will be provided to projects that employ innovative techniques and formats aimed at introducing new audiences to the preservation movement 

A project may include one or more of the following services provided each service can satisfy the project conditions described in the grant guidelines: 

  • Engineering, architectural, and feasibility studies 
  • Legal services 
  • Surveys and National Register Nominations 
  • Preservation ordinance support  

Application deadlines: May 15 and November 15. 

Contact
Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements
(312) 922-1742
sgermann@landmarks.org



Owners of properties protected by a preservation easement are required to obtain the approval of Landmarks Illinois before making alterations to the protected elements of the property. Please contact Landmarks Illinois prior to commencement of any work to ensure that proposed maintenance and alterations are in accordance with the easement agreement. If necessary, you will need to complete the followng Request for Alterations Form.  

Landmarks Illinois’ Easement Committee, a group comprised of historic preservation professionals, reviews proposed alterations to easement properties at their monthly meeting, which typically takes place the first Thursday of the month. The Request for Alterations Form and any additional materials need to be received by Landmarks Illinois at least one and a half weeks prior to the meeting (Monday of the prior week). 

Landmarks Illinois uses the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation when reviewing proposed alterations to easement properties. It is recommended that the applicant review the Standards prior to submitting this form.  

We encourage you to refer to Landmarks Illinois’ Illinois Restoration Resource Directory when looking to make repairs and alterations.

Contact:  Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements · 312-922-1742 · sgermann@landmarks.org 

Landmarks Illinois