National Trust for Historic Preservation
Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
For 70 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has led the movement to save America’s historic places. A nongovernmental, nonprofit organization supported by philanthropy and thousands of individuals, the National Trust is working to save America’s historic sites, tell the full American story, build stronger communities, and invest in preservation’s future.
Purpose: To support the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s grants program in New York City.
In the fall of 2017, the National Trust and its partners, led by the Ford Foundation, launched the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund – a $25 million multi-year fundraising and preservation campaign, the largest ever undertaken on behalf of African American historic places. Through the Action Fund, the National Trust is elevating and protecting the remarkable stories and places that evoke centuries of African American activism and achievement, while telling our nation’s full history. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund provides financial support for capital projects, organizational capacity building, project planning, and programming and interpretation for historic sites, museums, and landscape projects specifically representing African American cultural heritage.
In the first two years, the National Trust and its partners received approximately 1,300 requests, and granted over $2.7 million to 38 organizations. The number and scope demonstrate the growing need for additional protection, preservation, and restoration of spaces of social and cultural significance to African American communities. By doing so, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is creating a richer and more inclusive story of the nation.