The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency provides annual grants to Certified Local Governments. The grants can be used for a variety of activities, including surveys, National Register nominations and training, but not for “bricks and mortar” development projects. The agency provides approximately $110,000 a year. The program requires the grantee to provide 30% of the project funding, with 70% from IHPA.

The agency occasionally provides grants for programs or services that make a special contribution to historic preservation in Illinois. These grants are not for “bricks and mortar” development projects. A typical example of a special-purpose grant is helping the Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions pay for a statewide preservation conference. These grants complement the CLG grants, which apply only to projects in a single location. Applicants should contact the Preservation Division Manager with a brief project synopsis.

Grants administered by our partners

  • Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund was established in 2004 to provide monetary assistance to preserve significant structures or sites in Illinois.
  • The Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois was established in 2013 to provide money to preserve or protect significant sites in the state of Illinois.
  • National Trust Preservation Funds encourages preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. Grants are awarded annually in three competitive rounds: February 1, June 1, and October 1.


This list includes programs and organizations that are not affiliated with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The Agency has no influence over these programs, nor does the Agency have literature or application materials for outside programs. Historic Preservation staff at IHPA cannot answer questions about outside funding programs.