The 2023 grant cycle is open. Grant applications will be accepted by email from May 1 – July 15, 2023.
The Board will approve/notify grants recipients: August 2023
The Grants Awards: September 2023
The Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) is dedicated to ensuring that historically and architecturally significant sites in Loudoun County are not lost due to neglect or disinterest. Loudoun County has a rich and diverse architectural heritage that the members of LPS believe should be preserved for future generations. To this goal, LPS will commit its resources and efforts.
Grant awards are used in historic preservation projects and studies in Loudoun County. Only nonprofit and government organizations are eligible for grant awards. If the application is for an item or building, the applicant must be the owner of the item or property.
Grants are given by the Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) annually to assist nonprofit and governmental organizations in preservation projects including:
1. Restoration and preservation of historic structures or other built features in Loudoun County including stabilization, repair, and/or historically sensitive improvement following historic preservation guidelines such as those of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
2. Conservation in museum collections within Loudoun County of artifacts critical to documenting, telling, or showing crucial aspects of Loudoun’s history.
3. Publication or online posting of historical, architectural, or archaeological research of a particular structure, property, site, district, community, or transportation feature important to Loudoun’s historical landscape if the publication may enhance its appreciation and further
encourage historic preservation in the county.
4. Design and implementation of a school or public program to promote appreciation of Loudoun’s historic built landscape and the need for and value of historic preservation therein.
Please keep in mind the following as you apply for an LPS grant:
a. Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors of LPS.
b. Of paramount concern to LPS is the historical value to Loudoun of the project.
c. The decision will also be based on the nature, purpose, methods, and merits of the proposal as you have presented it. LPS may have further questions for you.
d. LPS may partially fund a grant request.
e. The funds available from the Loudoun Preservation Society for grants vary from year to year based on the success of our board and membership in fundraising.
f. Because LPS board members and membership have to RAISE these grant funds in a market competitive for local non-profits, we expect that your non-profit will show a vested interest in your project by partially funding it as well.
If it is not worth your organization at least partially funding it, this indicates to LPS that it is neither a priority for you nor should it be for us in competition with other projects.
g. Your project should not already have been completed prior to the grant.
h. Within 12 months of the grant being given, a report showing significant progress, implementation, or completion of the project should be filed with the Board of Directors of the Loudoun Preservation Society. Digital photos or a copy of the completed work are helpful here. A report at the LPS Annual Preservation Grants program may be requested. Your project may be used to promote others.
Grant applications will be reviewed by the LPS grants committee with final approval by the entire Board of Directors. Formal presentation of the awards will be made at a time and place announced by LPS.
Awards will be announced to recipients at the formal presentation of our awards ceremony. Photos showing the completion of the project are to be provided together with a written final report. Depending on the size and cost of the project, interim progress reports and total cost estimates may be requested. A final report from the grantee concerning the use of the grant funds will be required within thirty (30) days of the completion of the project. Final reports will be presented at the society’s annual meeting. If the project is not complete, an interim report will be expected.