Rosenwald School Centennial Fund: Guidelines & Eligibility

Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Rosenwald School Centennial Fund are designed to encourage preservation at the local level by providing money for the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of Rosenwald School buildings.  These grants enable local groups to respond proactively to a preservation challenge by providing grants for the physical, bricks and mortar preservation of Rosenwald School buildings. Typical grants from the Rosenwald School Centennial Fund will be around $20,000. 

The review process is generally completed within two months of the application deadline, and applicants are notified via email once the review process is complete.

The application deadline for this fund is April 15, 2013. Additional grant rounds are planned and deadlines will be announced once funding is secured.


Eligible Applicants

Grant Conditions

Eligible Activities

Eligible Expenses

Ineligible Expenses and Activities

Eligible Source of Matching Funds

Ineligible Sources of Matching Funds

Criteria

How To Apply


Eligible Applicants

Only organizational members of the National Trust at the Forum or Main Street levels are eligible to apply for funding from the Rosenwald Schools Centennial Fund grant program. To learn more about Forum and to join today, visit our website.  Public agencies, 501(c)(3), and other nonprofit organizations are eligible.

No more than three grants will be awarded in any two-year period to a single grantee.  Only one grant will be awarded per organization in any grant round.  Only one grant will be awarded for a particular project phase. Applicants that have received previous National Trust financial assistance are eligible provided that all grant requirements are current.

Grant Conditions

Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount dollar-for-dollar.  A cash match is required for at least 50% of the funds awarded and can come from private or public sources, or from income earned from  fundraising activities.  Donated materials and services are eligible only up to 50% of the total match.  Other funding from the National Trust may not be used to match a Rosenwald Schools Centennial Fund grant. For example, if a project is awarded $16,000, a cash match of at least $8,000 is required, with another $8,000 coming either from cash or from in-kind services and supplies, for a total match of $16,000.

Other conditions include:

  • Grants or matching funds cannot be used directly or indirectly to influence a member of Congress to favor or oppose any legislation or appropriation.

  • To the greatest extent possible, any documents or plans for preservation and physical work that result from the project must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • At least three (3) competitive bids/quotes must be obtained for any procurement of services that exceed $50,000.  This provision applies only to portions of the project supported by National Trust grant funds.
  • Consultants, contractors and work plans must be approved by the National Trust before grant funds are disbursed.
  • National Trust grants cannot be used to pay staff salaries. Board members of the applicant organization cannot serve as consultants or contractors unless appropriate conflict of interest procedures are followed and documented.
  • Grant recipients are required to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the program.
  • Grant projects must begin within six months of award date. Failure to begin the project in this timeframe may result in the cancellation of the grant and you will need to reapply for funding.
  • Grant recipients must include appropriate acknowledgement of National Trust financial support in all printed materials or signage generated for the project. Additional information will be provided upon receipt of grant.
  • Within one year from the grant award date, a final report and financial accounting of the expenditure of the grant must be submitted. A final report form will be provided. If the project is not completed in accordance with the contract, the grant funds must be returned.
  • Applicants must agree not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, mental and physical disabilities, sex (including pregnancy), personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation or veteran status.

Grants from the Rosenwald School Centennial Fund are paid in two installments, with the first installment of 50% of the grant paid on the execution of a grant contract with the National Trust. The second installment of 50% of the grant will be paid upon the successful completion of the project and a review of the completed work by the National Trust Grants Office. Project funding is not retroactive. 

Eligible Activities

Rosenwald Schools Centennial Fund grants are awarded for preservation projects related to repairing or restoring Rosenwald Schools.  Examples of eligible activities may include the following:

  • Restoration, rehabilitation, or preservation of historic buildings, including bricks-and-mortar construction and repair, as well as costs associated with retaining the services of professionals in the areas of architecture, engineering, preservation. A maximum of 20% of the grant funds may be used for professional service fees. Uses related to the conservation of land that contribute to the historic or cultural heritage of Rosenwald schools

Eligible Expenses

  • Material and labor costs associated with construction activities
  • Fees for consultant and contractor services (up to 20% of the grant funds)


Ineligible Expenses and Activities

  • Preservation planning or educational activities. Please visit our website for more information about our small grant program specifically for planning and education.
  • Grant funds may not be used to pay expenses incurred prior to the date of the grant award.
  • Grant funds may not be used to support staff salaries, benefits or organizational overhead costs.

Eligible Sources of Matching Funds

  • In-kind contributions of materials or professional services, other than those related to acquisition or easements.  All in-kind contributions must be documented and pre-approved by the National Trust Grants Office.  In-kind matches cannot constitute more than 50% of the total match.
  • Cash contributions from private or public sources
  • Earned income from fees or fund raising activities 

Ineligible Sources of Matching Funds

  • Staff Salaries
  • Organizational overhead costs
  • In-kind contributions of materials or services related to acquisition or easements 

Criteria

The Rosenwald Schools Centennial Fund selection committee will place particular importance on the likelihood that the requested assistance will make a significant contribution to the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of a specific historic property.  Related factors to be considered include:

  • The extent to which the requested assistance will make a difference in preserving, restoring, or rehabilitating the historic property or site, including what other funds might be leveraged by an award
  • The effort which owners and local supporters are willing to commit to the project
  • The potential of the project to be a catalyst for further positive action to benefit other historic properties and the local community
  • The adequacy of plans for the future maintenance of the property or the continuation of the activity for which grant support is requested
  • The ability and willingness of the applicant to carry out the proposed plans or activity if assistance is awarded

How to Apply

Fill out an application for the Rosenwald School Centennial Fund here. (Please note: you will be taken to our grants application system where you will need to create a user profile for your organization. This is a separate login than your National Trust login.) If you have questions please email us. For general questions on Rosenwald Schools and our Rosenwald School Initiative, please call Katherine Carey or Tracy Hayes at 843-722-8552 or email Rosenwald@nthp.org.