DAR Historic Preservation Grants

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

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Anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2020

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Historical Records & Archives Historic Preservation

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Exhibitions, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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DAR Historic Preservation Grants

Since our founding in 1890, the National Society of the DAR has supported historic preservation as one of our three main mission areas (along with patriotism and education). In tens of thousands of locations around the world, we have saved historic properties, erected historic markers, digitized documents and helped to preserve the American story in thousands of meaningful ways.

We’re proud to also provide $250,000 in grants annually to support historic preservation efforts in local communities. The DAR Historic Preservation Grants provide financial assistance for projects that preserve historic resources, sites and other history-related projects. Examples include restoration of historic buildings; digitization or preservation of documents/records; preservation of historical items/artifacts; erection of new or rededication/relocation of existing historical markers; cemetery headstone and monument conservation, etc. The maximum grant is $10,000, and smaller projects are encouraged. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Please note that each application must be accompanied by a DAR chapter or state organization sponsorship letter (find a local DAR chapter here)
  • Projects considered for grants must support the DAR mission area of historic preservation, and successful applicants must agree to publicly recognize DAR’s contribution.
  • In order to benefit posterity, secure recognition for DAR and produce lasting value from the grants, please note these important guiding principles:
    • Projects related to all chapters of American history will be considered; however, preference will be given to those projects that relate to the Colonial-through-the-Federal periods.
    • The maximum grant award is $10,000; smaller projects are encouraged. In order to assure ultimate completion of the project, all other funding (beyond that requested via this grant) must be already firmly secured. Projects should be tangible and long-lived, with lasting historic preservation benefit. 
    • Recipients awarded a DAR Historic Preservation Grant during one administration must wait until the next DAR administration (e.g., July 2022–June 2025) before applying for an additional grant for another project or a different phase of the same project.
    • DAR Chapters and State Societies are eligible to apply for grants associated with properties/sites that are owned or operated by the DAR entity and included in the NSDAR Historic Sites database; no more than 20 percent of grants will be awarded to DAR Chapters or State Societies in a given cycle. 


  • Preference is provided to projects related to the Colonial-through-the-Federal period, but those from all chapters of American history are eligible to apply. 


  • Therefore, ineligible requests include administrative or operating expenses (e.g. rent, salaries, benefits, utilities, printing); surveys; permits; travel (e.g. mileage, lodging, meals, site rental); food/beverage; vehicles; fundraising; conferences; reenactments, performances; trips, camps, workshops; and political activities.


This page was last reviewed January 01, 2020 and last updated January 01, 2020