Call for Proposals: Partners in Documentation, Fall 2023 (Deadline September 15)

The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) announces that grant funding is available to provide student training opportunities involving the documentation of historic structures according to the guidelines of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). HPEF has long recognized the importance of documentation and recording historic sites––as a component of historic preservation activities, to increase awareness of historic building practices, and to provide information for ongoing interpretation and maintenance. HPEF invites documentation project proposals from educational institutions based in the United States with historic preservation graduate degrees and certificate programs to support documentation training projects. Community colleges and trade schools are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Applicants are encouraged to team with secondary organizations, including other public, private, and non-profit organizations if this supports the
project’s goals. This grant program is intended to provide learning opportunities in documentation, while also promoting examples of built heritage currently underrepresented in the HABS/Library of Congress collection. Preference will be given to projects that:

● Involve sites with initial construction dates in the 1950s through the 80s.
● Involve sites owned and operated by non-profit organizations or foundations.
● Identify specific benefits and uses for the documentation materials generated through the project.
● Demonstrate efforts to address social justice and inclusion issues and expand representation of historically marginalized communities in preservation education and

The Partners in Documentation program awards individual grants of up to $6,000 to manage qualified expenditures associated with documentation training courses, which may include travel, equipment rental, drawing reproduction costs, and limited food costs.

The Fall 2023 Call for Proposals closes on September 15, 2023.

For more eligibility information and how to apply, please refer to the program guidelines on HPEF’s website, or contact the Program Manager, Lauren Drapala at

About HPEF: For over three decades, the Historic Preservation Education Foundation has provided education opportunities and materials for the historic preservation community. As a privately funded non-profit organization, HPEF has hosted and sponsored over 40 conferences, workshops, publications, and tours with local, national, and international partners to enhance public awareness and understanding of built heritage and encourage responsible historic preservation.

To learn more about our organization, please visit

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