How We Can Help

The Foundation assists the development of historic sites for non-profit organizations in small towns and cities in the eight states of the Midwest (WI, MN, IA, MO, IL, IN, OH, MI).

We do not fund advocacy, adaptive use, feasibility studies, or other preliminary studies seeking to define a preservation strategy for a property. See Preliminary Planning Documents.  Only projects where site control is assured and a commitment has been made to a viable preservation strategy will be considered. The Foundation has created an endowed fund with the Wisconsin Historical Society that supports advocacy and initial studies for historic sites in Wisconsin.  Several statewide preservation entities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have other endowed funds that support preliminary studies in other states of the region.

The Foundation provides funding in five categories.  Unsolicited applications are not accepted.  Applicants should submit an Inquiry and will be assigned a Director of the Foundation to help assess the appropriateness of an application well in advance of stated deadlines.  Our Directors also guide and advise on development strategies and the preservation planning process to help those unfamiliar with the most successful approaches to historic sites development.  When an application is appropriate, applicants will be provided with a link to download the application form.


(1) Jeffris Heartland Fund provides matching grants for advanced planning studies for historic preservation projects preparing for a capital campaign and a restoration project. See JHF Guidelines and Eligibility. See Projects. See Historic Structure Report.
(2) Capital Campaign Challenge Grants are made to invited projects which have completed their planning and are ready to launch a capital campaign. See CCC Guidelines and Eligibility. See Projects.
(3) The Foundation occasionally invites applications from preservation organizations in the Midwest to conduct education and training workshops on topics in preservation it finds of interest. See Education.
(4) The Foundation occasionally invites applications from preservation organizations in the Midwest to publish books and educational materials in preservation topics it finds of interest. See Publications.
(5) The Foundation occasionally funds special projects and initiatives it finds of interest.