The Partners in the Field program is a partnership between The Georgia Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to provide on-the-ground field services and assistance to property owners, developers, local officials, and others needing information and tools to protect and enhance their communities.
The Georgia Trust’s Partners in the Field program consists of three major components: increasing field services, building statewide outreach capacity, and providing financial assistance. The program focuses on The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril sites, an annual listing of the most endangered properties in the state.
Increasing field services
The Georgia Trust’s Field Services Manager provides face-to-face preservation field services throughout Georgia. The Field Services Manager consults with communities and property owners on their preservation needs and projects. Types of services that are provided include: helping local leaders come to consensus around a plan for preserving their historic structure(s); workshops and training on preservation issues; advice and training on establishing a heritage tourism/education program; marketing assistance via printed publications, website and a variety of electronic tools; and information regarding the existing preservation resources and programs offered by The Georgia Trust and other preservation organizations.
Building statewide outreach capacity
In addition to providing overall preservation assistance, the Partners in the Field program also focuses on The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril designees. For each of the ten designated sites, a customized preservation strategy is developed. These strategies can vary greatly by the type of resource(s) involved, the needs of the community, the amount and type of local support, etc., but they are developed at the local level.
Providing financial assistance
In 2009 Places in Peril sites received nearly $50,000 in matching grants from The Georgia Trust. Funded projects can include: nomination for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; structural feasibility studies; design competitions; restoration workshops; advisory panel sessions; marketing plans and/or materials; and community leadership training.