Preservation Funding Opportunities

The Kentucky Preservation Fund


The Kentucky Preservation Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Barry Bingham, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Owsley Brown, II, and Mrs. Linda Bruckheimer to celebrate the 2004 National Preservation Conference in Louisville and to provide funding for preservation projects in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The program is a cooperative venture between the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and Preservation Kentucky.


Typical uses for grants from the fund include community revitalization efforts, feasibility studies for endangered buildings and sites, architectural planning, landscape research and planning, development of heritage education programs, emergency stabilization, and co-sponsorships of workshops and conferences.


The Kentucky Preservation Fund uses the National Trust Preservation Fund application form and eligibility requirements. Application deadlines are October 1, February 1, and June 1. Generally grants from the Kentucky Preservation Fund range from $500 to $5,000 and must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar cash basis.


Applications for grants must be submitted to the National Trust’s Eastern Field Office. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Preservation Kentucky, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and the Eastern Field Office of the National Trust before submitting an application.



For more information, contact Preservation Kentucky


Edith S. Bingham Education Fund


The Edith S. Bingham Education Fund was established in 2000 by Mrs. Bingham, a former board member of Preservation Kentucky, long-time preservation advocate and philanthropist, to further the education and experience of individuals working in the preservation field.  Grants may be used to cover expenses to attend meetings and conferences, and for children’s educational projects that contribute to their knowledge and appreciation of Kentucky’s history and heritage.

Contact Preservation Kentucky at 501-871-4570 to receive a copy of the grant application.


National Grants


The National Trust sponsors several other granting opportunities non-specific to Kentucky, such as the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund. For more information, please visit the National Trust’s website.


State Grants and Tax Credits


There are very few grant opportunities available in the state of Kentucky that support historic preservation specifically. As of 2005, the Kentucky Heritage Council administers a State Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, in addition to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit program.


The State credit offers homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and local governments returns between 20-to-30 percent of their certified rehabilitation expenses on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Other state programs of interest include: