Historic Structures Studies or Planning

Grant Support for an Historic Structures Studies or Planning

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Grants for Historic Structures Studies or Planning are awarded on an annual basis to support the completion of a Historic Structures Study or Planning – the first steps in the care of historic structures.  The Institute can also provide guidance on how to implement the study or planning process, and where and how to secure expertise.  The study and planning could address such needs as:

  • Obtaining a professional contractor or team to review the overall conditions of the structure, followed by presenting priorities and steps for planning.
  • Retaining expertise in specific areas for study such as the architecture, engineering, paint analysis, archives and other collections, interpretation, community use and potential cultural and economic impact.
  • Hiring a preservation architect to create an interior or exterior restoration plan
  • Hiring a consultant to develop a conservation plan for archives and collections.
  • Planning for renovations or repurposing of related structures (not necessarily historic).

Levels of grant amounts depend on the complexity of the structure and scope of the work and can range up to $75,000.  A cash match is required.

Guiding Criteria for All Applicants and Applications 

Applicants should be able to speak to the following:

  • The historic significance of the property to be assisted and evidence of community support.
  • The need for funding and the urgency of the project or the long-term objectives or impact of the project.
  • Increased cultural and/or economic impact for the community.
  • Involvement of collaborations and partnerships that leverage additional public and private investment.
  • The adequacy of plans to meet the current needs and for the future care and maintenance of the theater or the continuation for the activity for which grant support is requested.

If grant support is awarded, the following conditions will apply:

  • Awardees are required to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the grant.
  • <matching funds are required:
    • Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount dollar-for-dollar or more if there is potential to do so. Grant funds will be disbursed upon proof that matching funds have been secured or pledged formally.
    • Matching gifts may come from private or public sources, or from earned income (special events, fundraising activities, etc.)
    • Donated materials and services and organizational overhead costs can be eligible sources as matching funds if they directly underwrite the project budget and are the result of the Institute’s challenge grant
    • Grant projects must begin within six months of award date – otherwise, the grant award is subject to review.
    • Periodic reports are required and specific to each form of grant support. These requirements will be detailed in the grant contract upon award notification.
    • Within one year from the grant disbursement date, a final report of the project and financial accounting of the expenditure of the grant must be submitted.  If the project is not completed in accordance with the contract, the parties will need to negotiate continuing or returning grant funds.

Please note:

  • Organizations may submit applications for more than one Urgent or Emergency Needs grant per cycle.
  • Organizations may apply for support only once per grant cycle in the following categories:
    • Historic Structures Studies or Planning
    • Periodic Technical Assistance and Services
    • Preservation Grant
    • (Organizations may apply for Urgent or Emergency Needs grant support in addition to one of the categories listed above.)

How to Apply

The Fox Theatre Institute suggests an initial phone call or meeting to review your project, the needs, and to obtain guidance on your grant application.  The following items are required for your application submission:

  1. Completed copy of appropriate application form, narrative, and enclosures as follows.
  2. Signed Certification form.
  3. Up to ten high resolution digital images (minimum 300 dpi) with caption and credit information. Applications must include at least one overall view of the property.  Images should be saved as individual files.  No Word or PDF images will be accepted.
  4. A list of the applicant organization’s current board, including officers and professional and civic affiliations.
  5. Applicant’s IRS determination letter of tax-exempt status or sponsor. If tax-exempt status has not been fully approved by the IRS, please provide evidence of filing.
  6. Resumes of any consultants, project managers, or personnel administering the project.
  7. One sample of promotional material for your organization.
  8. Three letters of endorsement.
  9. Budget breakdown that outlines proposed expenses and revenue for the project.
  10. One or two historic property planning documents or research if available.

For more information, questions, or other assistance, please contact:  FTI Community Engagement Manager Maggie Fuller (Maggie.Fuller@foxtheatre.org or 404-881-2023)