Overview

An investigation of any grants database using the search terms “historic preservation” or “cultural resources” will yield minimal results. During times of economic hardship, and the resulting narrowing of priorities for funders, results may be downright nonexistent. Learn how to evaluate a cultural resource project for its value in serving broader community needs. Review traditional funding types vs. alternative sources that can be redirected to meet project goals. Consider new partnerships that can expand the universe of support.

Agenda

Whether an agency or organization has dedicated fundraising staff or their executive director and board serve as fundraisers, learn how to think beyond traditional sources of financial support to fund cultural resource projects.

Overview of traditional funding types and sources

  • The art of prospecting 101
    •  Fundraising vs. grant writing
    •  Research techniques


Alternative funding types and sources

  • Thinking expansively beyond traditional sources of financial support
  •  Evaluating your project for its “public benefit” and larger community goals
    •  Health and wellbeing
    • Social justice
    • Education
    • Economic development
  •  Identifying and building partnerships
  • The art of prospecting 201


A guide to proposal development

  • Introduction to a proposal development flow chart
  • Case study project, soup to nuts
  • How requirements may differ depending on the source

Training Curriculum

45-minute, on-demand eLearning

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

  • 2

    Videos

    • Finding New Sources of Funding in Challenging Times: Chapter 1

    • Finding New Sources of Funding in Challenging Times: Chapter 2

    • Finding New Sources of Funding in Challenging Times: Chapter 3

  • 3

    Download Course Slides

    • Finding New Sources of Funding in Challenging Times (slide deck)

  • 4

    Download Video Transcript

    • Finding New Sources of Funding in Challenging Times (transcript)

  • 5

    Course Evaluation

    • NPI Evaluation

Faculty

Faculty

Susan West Montgomery

Susan West Montgomery, advocate, trainer, facilitator; leveraging natural and historic places to connect citizens, promote social justice, and foster health and well-being; former vice president of preservation resources, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and former president, Preservation Action
Full Bio/CV

Participants

This training is suitable for veteran and novice fundraisers and grant writers involved in fundraising efforts and grants management

  • Veteran and novice fundraisers and grant writers involved in fundraising efforts and grants management

  • Staff, volunteers, and board members of nonprofit preservation organizations, historic sites, and/or government agencies

  • Archaeologists, architects, collections managers, curators, directors, educators, historians, historic preservationists, historic property managers, planners, and project managers

Immediate Access

Customized Training

NPI also offers eLearning and webinar modules as customized training to meet specific organizational needs. They can be tailored to create training at a time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or info@npi.org for further information.