Each year, Landmarks Illinois and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation honor individuals, organizations, projects and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to preserve, protect, and promote historic resources. In addition to the beautifully designed trophy, each of this year’s winning projects will receive a $1,000 cash award. All winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony on October 18th in Chicago.

Richard H. Driehaus is a dedicated supporter of Landmarks Illinois’ mission. His foundation has underwritten these awards since 1994.

Eligibility

Nominated projects must have been completed within the geographical boundaries of Illinois within the last five years. Projects not yet completed will not be considered.

  • Nominations may be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee
  • Self nominations will be accepted
  • Nominations which are not selected for awards in a previous year may be revised and resubmitted, provided the five-year time limit has not been exceeded.

Categories 

ADVOCACY – An effective local or statewide campaign to preserve and protect a historic resource.

  • Communication
  • Community Effort/Grassroots Campaign 
  • Education      

LEADERSHIP– Individual, municipality, private organization, or joint partnership that has championed historic preservation, planning, or public policy.

  • Emerging Leader 
  • Professional
  • Volunteer
  • Lifetime Achievement 

PRESERVATION – Projects that make possible the continued use of a historic commercial/industrial, residential, or public/institutional structure. 

  • Adaptive Use
  • Rehabilitation
  • Restoration      
  • Stabilization      
  • Stewardship      
  • Sustainability

LEGISLATOR – An elected official who champions historic preservation policy, programs, and funding and/or financial incentives recognizing the importance of preserving Illinois’ heritage.

Judging  Criteria

  • Impact of the project on the community
  • Quality and degree of difficulty of the project
  • Degree to which the project serves as an example of excellence in historic      preservation and influences others

NOMINATION DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2019

To view previously honored projects and individuals, visit the Preservation Awards page of our website.  

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



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  



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