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Find FundingThe most frequently asked question from people who have an interest in preserving or restoring an historic resource: “is there any money for …?” National Trust Preservation Funds provide two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: 1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and 2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies. Nonprofit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply. Private owners and for-profits can apply only if the project involves a National Historic Landmark. Grants require a one-to-one cash match and may be used to obtain professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, fund raising, organizational development and law as well as to provide preservation education activities to educate the public.

The National Trust Preservation Funds administered through the Mountains/Plains Office fall into two categories: nationally competitive funds and state-specific funds. Nebraska is building a state-specific fund but no grants are presently available. The Mountains/Plains point person on the nationally competitive funds is Kristine Mauch: Kristine_Mauch@nthp.org or 303-623-1504.

The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place. Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. Funds may be used for professional advice, conferences, workshops and education programs.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. Funds may be used for professional expertise, print and video communications materials, and education programs.

The Hart Family Fund for Small Towns provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to assist small town preservation and revitalization initiatives in towns with populations of 5,000 or less. Funds may be used for planning, hiring consultants, professional advice, conferences, workshops and education programs, but not bricks and mortar.

Tax incentives may be available for your restoration project from the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office. Contact Grant Landreth at 402-471-4788. The National Trust Loan Fund (NTLF) has more than 35 years of experience in supporting preservation-based community development projects across the country. As a certified Community Development Financial Institution, it has a mission of providing financial and technical resources to organizations that use historic preservation to support the revitalization of underserved and distressed communities.

NTLF specializes in predevelopment, acquisition, mini-permanent, bridge and rehabilitation loans for residential, commercial and public use projects. Eligible borrowers include not-for-profit organizations, revitalization organizations or real estate developers working in certified Main Street communities, local, state or regional governments, and for profit developers of older and/or historic buildings.

The National Trust Community Investment Corporation, the for-profit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, makes equity investments in the rehabilitation of historic properties eligible for the 20 percent federal historic rehabilitation tax credit, and where available, state historic tax credits and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC). NTCIC invests in projects that have at least $6.0 million in total development costs and that generate at least $1.5 million in historic tax credit equity. Smaller deals will be referred to the Small Deal Fund for equity investment consideration. Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public-sector developers may be eligible for an NTCIC equity investment by creating a limited liability partnership. NTCIC has a special interest in those projects with a high community benefit.