This fund honors and celebrates the life and work of the late acclaimed historian and civil rights activist, Timuel D. Black, Jr.

The Fund will support grantees with planning and capital projects in their effort to preserve and promote the history, culture, and architecture of Chicago’s South Side. 

These grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures or sites. Eligible beneficiaries of Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund grants are significant structures or sites located on Chicago’s South Side that are of such architectural or cultural importance that their preservation will benefit the public and community.

The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund Grant Guidelines can be found at 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 

Grants are awarded from the Fund to planning, capital, and other projects related to the Fund’s purpose. Eligible applicants include commercial property owners, business owners, nonprofit and community organizations, faith-based and educational institutions. A 3:1 match of awarded grant funds is required. Grants range from $500 - $10,000. 

Grant Boundaries
    The South Side is approximately defined as the following boundaries:
    · South of Cermak Road;
    · West of Lake Michigan;
    · East of S. Ashland Avenue;
    · North of the southern boundary of the city of Chicago. 

Application deadlines: January 1 and July 1

Suzanne Germann, Director of Reinvestment
(312) 922-1742

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 Reinvestment · 312-922-1742 · 

Landmarks Illinois