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Other Funding Sources

Funding for historic preservation comes from a variety of sources.  The following information focuses on, but is not limited to, the rehabilitation of historic properties. These programs are not administered by the Kansas Historical Society, but the list is provided as a service to our constituents. Please note that many of these programs are competitive and require matching funds. Contact information and websites are subject to change. 

State Level

Historic Preservation Partners Preservation Grant Program l website

1200 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1375
785-290-0072
FAX: 785-232-1660
rick.kready@yourhistoricpartner.com

Historic Preservation Partners, Inc. (HPP) will offer a unique and flexible source of preservation funding. The Board of Directors will consider grant applications to assist in the stabilization, mothballing, and rehabilitation of historic properties. The maximum amount of grant that will be awarded to an applicant for a single project is $15,000.

Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) | website

1500 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604-4027
785-271-3100
public.affairs@kcc.ks.gov

This KCC provides links to energy efficiency tax programs including tax incentives.

Kansas Preservation Alliance (KPA)| website

P.O. Box 2506
Topeka, KS 66601
785-640-7767
info@kpalliance.org

The Kansas Preservation Alliance is dedicated to preserving historic places in Kansas. They believe our state’s heritage is one of its greatest assets – a source of pride and an irreplaceable resource for the future.

Kansas Department of Commerce | website

Kansas Department of Commerce
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 100
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1354
785-296-3481

The Kansas Department of Commerce provides businesses in Kansas or those who want to move to Kansas the resources, services and knowledge they need to be successful. From tax incentives and workforce training to research services and export assistance, the Department leverages a broad set of resources to help businesses thrive in the Sunflower State. 

Kansas Department of Transportation | website

Eisenhower State Office Building
700 S.W. Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66603-3754
785-296-3566

The Kansas Department of Transportation administers enhancement programs for transportation-related projects. 

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism | website

Office of the Secretary 1020 S. Kansas, Room 200
Topeka KS 66612-1327
785-296-2281

Operations Office
512 SE 25th Avenue
Pratt KS 67124
620-672-5911

League of Kansas Municipalities | website

300 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603-3951
785-354-9565

The Neighborhood Revitalization Act enables cities to designate neighborhood revitalization areas, and therein, to provide tax rebates to property owners.  The rebates are the amounts of incremental increases in property taxes resulting from improvements made to properties. A neighborhood revitalization area is defined by: (1) buildings which, by reason of age, history, architecture or significance, should be preserved or restored; (2) deteriorating structures, inadequate streets, or incompatible land uses which impair growth of the city; and (3) dilapidated structures outside the area. A nonprofit organization may rehabilitate abandoned properties in the area. Contact your local government or the League of Kansas Municipalities.

Kansas Humanities Council | website

112 SW 6th Ave, Suite 210
Topeka KS 66603-3895
785-357-0359
info@humanitieskansas.org 

Humanities Kansas has pioneered programming, grants and partnerships that share stories to spark conversations — drawing people together and generating new ideas. These stories and ideas inspire each of us in Kansas to play a part in strengthening our communities and our democracy.

Kansas Museums Association | website

Wichita State University
Public Policy and Management Center (Box 211)
Attn: KMA
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260
316-978-6535

The Kansas Museums Association (KMA) is the statewide organization for museums, historical societies, art galleries, nature centers, zoos, convention and visitor centers and libraries. KMA is the primary provider of professional development education, advocacy, networking opportunities, and information for Kansas museums.

Kansas Green Schools Grant Program | website

Kansas Green Schools Grants are intended for projects that improve the environment and save money through reduced use of resources.  

Kansas Energy Office | website

1500 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka KS 66604-4027
785-271-3241
fcip@kcc.ks.gov

The Kansas Energy Office, a division of the Kansas Corporation Commission, administers programs and connects Kansans to objective information about conservation, efficiency, and alternative energy. Funding is provided by the federal State Energy Program. 

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation | website

611 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 300
Topeka KS 66603-3803
785-217-2001

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) is a self-supporting, public corporation which serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the State of Kansas. Their mission is to increase the availability of affordable, decent and accessible housing for Kansans.


National Level

National Trust for Historic Preservation | website

2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-588-600
800-944-6847
forumonline@savingplaces.org 

Funding from the National Trust is awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies, and the majority of our funding is awarded for planning and education projects through their National Trust Preservation Funds grant program.

National Park Service | website

National Park Service
State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants Division
1849 C Street, NW Mail Stop 7360
Washington, D.C. 20240
202-354-2020

The State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants (STLPG) division manages several grant programs to assist with a variety of historic preservation and community projects focused on heritage preservation.

National Trust Community Investment Corp. | website

1155 15th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20005
202-588-6001
info@ntcic.com

National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) enables tax credit equity investments that support sustainable communities nationwide. NTCIC places qualified tax credits for federal and state historic (HTC), new markets (NMTC), solar (ITC) and low-income housing (LIHTC) projects.

Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7) website

11201 Renner Blvd
Lenexa, KS 66219
913-551-7003 or 800-223-0425
r7actionline@epa.gov

The EPA, in cooperation with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has various grants available in our region.  While these grants are not strictly preservation related, they can be used by historic sites to fund environmental improvements

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area | website

Freedom’s Frontier NHA
PO Box 526
Lawrence KS 66044
785-856-5300
information@freedomsfrontier.org

Americans with Disabilities Act | website

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section - NYAV
Washington DC 20530
800-514-0301

Tax credit programs are available for architectural adaptations, equipment acquisitions, and services such as sign language interpreters.  The second is a tax deduction that can be used for architectural or transportation adaptations.  Call a tax advisor and request IRS Publications 535 and 334 or Form 8826 to claim your tax credit.

U.S. Department of Energy | website

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Mail Stop EE-1
Washington DC 20585
Contact information

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) funding supports research, development, and deployment in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

 

Grant Guides

Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants.  Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all federal grant-making agencies.

The Foundation Finder website allows you to search funding opportunities from private and community foundations in the United States.

The Grantsmanship Center is a resource for anyone working on a grant application or administering a current grant.  The site also features a Funding Sources finder with a list of the top funding organizations in each state.

 

Helpful Organizations & Links

League of Historic American Theatres | website

9 Newport Drive
Suite 200
Foret Hill MD 21050
443-640-1058, ext. 124
info@lhat.org

The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) is an international not-for-profit membership association. LHAT is a network of people who appreciate the cultural and architectural heritage of historic theaters and who work locally and nationally to rehabilitate them. Members of the League collaborate with one another, share their expertise and provide inspiration, information and a broad perspective to those working in the field of historic preservation. The Kansas Historic Theatres Association (KHTA) is a local non-profit organization with a similar mission and goals for preserving historic theaters in Kansas.

Great American Stations | website

greatamericanstations@amtrak.com

Amtrak established the Great American Stations Project in 2006 to educate communities on the benefits of redeveloping train stations, offer tools to community leaders to preserve their stations, and provide the appropriate Amtrak resources.

Partners for Sacred Places | website

This is a national, non-sectarian, non-profit organization devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older historic sacred places.

Institute of Museum and Library Services | website

1800 M Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington DC 20036-5802
202-653-4657
Contact Information

The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

Traditional Building | website

Traditional Building provides resources for commercial, civic, institutional, and religious building projects.

Preservation Directory.com | website

This website provides research tools and marketing resources for historic preservation.