Save America’s Treasures


Save America’s Treasures focuses on protecting “America’s threatened cultural treasures.” These treasures encompass everything from historic structures to works of art, documents and collections of artifacts that represent significant pieces of American culture or history.

Eligible uses of funds include preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites.

  • Federal agencies funded by the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
  • Other federal agencies collaborating with a nonprofit partner to preserve the historic properties or collections owned by the federal agency may submit applications through the nonprofit partner
  • Nonprofits
  • Units of state or local government
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes


Role In Creative Placemaking

These funds could be useful for preservation of significant historic sites that may serve as anchors to culturally based placemaking.



Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.