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  

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: April 1 and October 1

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

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