2023 Georgia Historic Preservation Matching Grants for Private Non-Profit Organizations

The 1772 Foundation, in cooperation with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, has announced that funding has been made available for matching grants to assist historic preservation projects in Georgia in 2023!

2023 Grants have been awarded. 

The 1772 Foundation has announced that funding in the form of 1:1 matching grants of up to $10,000 will be made available for the following historic preservation projects: exterior painting, exterior finishes and surface restoration, fire detection/lightning protection/security systems, repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs and windows, repairs to foundations and sills, and chimney and masonry repointing. 

To demonstrate the sustainability of historic sites, applicants may be required to submit a condition assessment and restoration plan or stewardship plan that has been prepared or updated within the last five years. If an appropriate plan does not exist, the Foundation will consider providing support for development of a plan on a case-by-case basis.

To be eligible to apply, organizations must have a 501(c)(3) IRS designation or have an approved fiscal agent agreement with a 501(c)(3) organization. Organizations also must have closed any previously awarded matching grant to be eligible to apply. Funding will not be provided for buildings currently in use as schools or churches.

Funding is geared toward exterior rehabilitation work. The Foundation will consider the following:

  • Matching grants for exterior painting, exterior finishes, and surface restoration
  • Matching grants to install or upgrade fire detection, lightning protection, and security systems
  • Matching grants for repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs, and windows
  • Matching grants for structural foundation and sill repair/replacement
  • Matching grants for chimney and masonry repointing and/or repair
  • All work shall be performed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior standards.
2023 Grants have been awarded

2023 Grant recipients have been notified. Recipients should sign and return the mailed grant agreement letter 60 days before commencing work.  For questions, contact Ben Sutton at bsutton@georgiatrust.org.

Grant recipients are required to submit a final report within 30 days of completion of the grant-funded project. Please complete this Final Report form and submit it with the requested attachments by email to Ben Sutton, Director of Preservation, at bsutton@georgiatrust.org

Please note, the Final Report form works best with Adobe Acrobat Reader. You should download and save a copy of the nomination form to your computer to ensure your responses are saved in the form.

Funding made available by:

In cooperation with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation


Callahan Incentive Grant

The Callahan Incentive Grant is made possible by a generous grant from Barbara and Les Callahan, longtime supporters of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, in order to provide funding for historic preservation projects in the state of Georgia.

Stay tuned for news about the 2023 Grant.

Up to $10,000 is available per calendar year for nonprofit or governmental organizations and may be granted to one or more projects, depending on the quality of the applicants in a given year.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Grants are only available to sites listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Grant funding shall be used for capital –“bricks and mortar” – improvements to a historic site.
  • Applications for planning, consultants, speakers, or overhead expenses will not be considered.
  • Grant funds will require a dollar for dollar match. The match may be in the form of cash or documented volunteer hours. Volunteer hour value shall be calculated at minimum wage per hour rate for actual work performed to the historic site.
  • Grant funds shall provide significant impact towards a full rehabilitation or restoration of the historic site.
  • The project shall demonstrate significant community impact. Support for the project should include a wide range of stakeholders, including community organizations, community leaders, and individuals.
  • Projects should also exhibit a sustainable plan for long term use and maintenance, including economic self-sufficiency to the extent possible.
  • Projects should be completed within one year of the date of the award. A final report will be required.
  • Grant funds will be reimbursed in the amount awarded following the completion of work.

To Apply
Applicants must submit a completed application form, as well as up to 15 photographs that adequately depict the project and its needs. Photos should be in .jpg format. Please provide captions for photographs either in their filename or in a corresponding document. Emailed nominations are encouraged; large photo files can be shared through Dropbox, Google Drive or any file sharing software.

Use the button above to download an application form. Be sure to download and save the form to your computer to fill it out and save the information.

Applications should be sent to Ben Sutton, Director of Preservation, via email at bsutton@georgiatrust.org, or mail at the address below.

Ben Sutton, Director of Preservation
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Callahan Incentive Grant
1516 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Contact Ben Sutton, Director of Preservation at 404-885-7817 or bsutton@georgiatrust.org.

J. Neel Reid Prize

Honoring the legacy of Neel Reid, this is awarded annually to an architecture student, an architect intern or a recently registered architect to study architecture anywhere in the world.

The cycle for the 2023 Neel Reid Prize is now closed and will reopen in 2024.

About J. Neel Reid
Architect Neel Reid (and his partners in Hentz, Reid & Adler) founded the Georgia school of classicists after study at Columbia University and abroad.

Many sources influenced Reid’s architecture, and his interior and garden designs. His travel diary, sketchbooks and scrapbooks, and extensive library reflect this. His early-twentieth-century interest in historic preservation and contextual design, in architectural education and professional standards of practice inspired others long after his tragic early death of a brain tumor in 1926.

Reid’s father’s family were Troup County, Georgia, pioneers; he grew up in Macon, beginning apprenticeship and practice there before, in 1909, moving to Atlanta.

The J. Neel Reid Prize Program Description and Criteria
The J. Neel Reid Prize of up to $4,000 will be awarded to a student, an intern or a recently registered professional in the field of architecture or landscape architecture for study travel that honors the legacy of Neel Reid.

The focus of the study travel should involve historic architecture (built prior to Neel Reid’s death in 1926), historic landscapes, historic preservation of classic architecture or new construction that is classic and context-related.

Applicants are encouraged to propose an independent study, but participation in an existing program is acceptable. Priority will be given to those applicants with a connection to Georgia (a Georgia resident, a student in a Georgia academic institution or an employee of a Georgia firm).

The recipient will be required to provide a report to The Georgia Trust within six months of returning from the study travel experience. Travel may be to any location in the world where the objectives of the program can be met.

The winner will be announced in May 2023 at the Neel Reid Prize Lecture. The study travel should be completed within a calendar year of receiving the prize.

Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship

Established in 1994, the Elizabeth Lyon Fund supports educational and research/study initiatives in Georgia that address preservation needs and emerging issues, and that will make a significant contribution to the practice and understanding of historic preservation.

The cycle for the 2023 Lyon Fellowship is now closed and will reopen in 2024.

The Elizabeth Lyon Fund was established in 1994 in honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Lyon, who served as director of the Historic Preservation Division of DNR from 1976 to 1994 and served as Georgia State Historic Preservation Officer.

The Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship supports educational and research/study initiatives in Georgia that address preservation needs and emerging issues, and that will make a significant contribution to the practice and understanding of historic preservation.

With support from the Elizabeth Lyon Fund and The Georgia Trust, this fellowship will connect research with the preservation of historic properties, contribute significantly to the scholarship of historic preservation in general and in Georgia, and promote historic preservation practice and theory.

Program Description
The Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship of up to $5,000 will be awarded to a student, an intern or a professional. Funds will be distributed as reimbursement upon submission of invoices for eligible expenses.

The Trust must receive applications and supporting documents by the deadline. The winner will be announced in May 2023. The fellowship should be used within one calendar year of being received. A copy of the final publication or report must be received by The Georgia Trust by September 1 of the following year.

Students and emerging professionals are encouraged to apply.

Other Historic Preservation Funding Resources

Aside from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, there a few state and national programs that provide financial assistance to aid historic preservation efforts, through tax incentives and grant programs.

Tax Incentives
A number of tax incentives are available for the rehabilitation of historic properties, which are administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Historic Preservation Division. Learn more here

Georgia Department of Community Affairs Historic Preservation Division Grants
National Park Service Grants
National Trust for Historic Preservation Grants