When do National Trust grant applications become available?
This will vary depending on the grant program. However, it is typical that an application will become available about six to eight weeks ahead of the application deadline. We recommend keeping an eye on the “Upcoming Deadlines” section of our webpage and signing up for our grants interest list to receive direct email updates about upcoming deadlines.
How do I submit a National Trust grant application?
All grant applications must be submitted in the National Trust’s online grant application portal. Each grant program will have its own unique requirements and deadlines. We recommend reading the program’s guidelines page thoroughly to learn what will be required in the application. Unfortunately, we cannot accept email or mail submissions.
Can I submit multiple applications to the same National Trust grant program?
We do not recommend submitting multiple applications in the same round of the grant program nor does it increase your chances of being awarded a grant. Instead, please determine the project that addresses your most urgent needs or the project you are most prepared to undertake.
Can I apply for another National Trust grant if I have already received one?
Yes. A single organization may receive up to three grants in any two-year period.
The National Trust grant application asks me to describe my “historic resource.” What does that mean?
A historic resource is a historic building, structure, site, landscape, district, or neighborhood. In short, it is the physical property or properties that your project revolves around. The property does not need to have formal designations to be considered a historic resource. Most historic preservation projects involve a historic resource, so please answer this question on the application, or our reviewers will not understand the property you seek funding for. If you are unsure whether you should fill out that section of the application, email our Grants Office at email@example.com for guidance.
Can the National Trust provide recommendations for consultants?
Unfortunately, because we receive applications from all over the country, we do not have a list of recommended consultants. You might consider reaching out to your state historic preservation office or a local or statewide preservation nonprofit organization, as they have more insight into local vendors and services.
The National Trust grant application asks for letters of recommendation. Who should I request these letters from?
Letters of recommendation should come from members of the community who are familiar with your project and can speak of its importance, its impact, or its necessity. They should be able to describe why they are supportive of the project and what their involvement is, if any. Letters can come from local government officials, external partners involved with your organization or the project, or other members of the public who fit the above description. Not all National Trust grant programs require letters of recommendation. If letters of recommendation are required, this information will be detailed in the program-specific guidelines.
Are grants from the National Trust federal grant dollars?
The National Trust is a privately funded non-profit organization. Most of our grant dollars are private, but occasionally a National Trust grant program may be funded by federal dollars, such as the Telling the Full History Preservation Fund. If this is the case, it will be listed on the program’s guidelines page.
Who should I contact when I have questions about a National Trust grant program?
Start by contacting our Grants Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our grants staff will review your inquiry and either respond or forward it to other appropriate National Trust staff as needed.
Can I get feedback on my National Trust grant application before I submit it?
Unfortunately, we do not have the staff capacity to read grant proposals and provide feedback prior to their submission. However, we are happy to answer any specific questions you have about the grant application or program and provide guidance.
My organization’s National Trust grant application was denied. Can the National Trust provide feedback on my application?
Due to staff capacity, we cannot guarantee that you will receive feedback on your grant application. Please email email@example.com with inquiries, and we’ll do our best to respond. For our high volume grant programs, there may not be anything wrong with your application, but it may just be that other projects were stronger.
If a National Trust grant application is denied, is it possible to resubmit the same application?
We recommend providing information about how your project has progressed or changed since you last applied. For example, have you done more planning or raised more funds? Please be as specific as possible.
The application asks for a project budget. Should I include expenses for the entire project or just what the National Trust grant would cover?
We recommend only including the expenses that would be covered by the grant funding. In your project description, we recommend sharing how these expenses will fit into a larger project budget (if applicable) and additional fundraising you have undertaken to cover your larger project budget.
Is there a specific budget form I should use in my National Trust grant application?
Yes, we require that you use the budget sheet linked within the grant application.
Are there templates or strong examples of applications we can use when drafting our National Trust grant application?
No, we do not have templates available.