American Express Partners in Preservation is a $10 million, five-year commitment to historic preservation that will increase public awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and around the world. This commitment will help protect historic and cultural landmarks and will strengthen local communities. It is a joint effort between American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the World Monuments Fund.
This year, the American Express Partners in Preservation initiative in the U.S. will focus on the Bay Area.
The astounding cultural diversity of the Bay Area is reflected in the region's rich architectural heritage and is enhanced by a natural setting of unparalled beauty. Recognized throughout the world for its diverse heritage, civic spirit and cultural vitality, the Bay Area truly deserves to be a part of this exciting preservation effort.
The stewards responsible for the care of each site have completed a grant application for a preservation project. Each of the prospective grantees is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization or a government agency. The Bay Area sites that are awarded funds will be notified in November, 2006.
Five criteria will be used for the final grant selection:
• Historic Significance: The site should be listed in, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places and/or another register of historic places, and should tell a compelling story that reflects the rich diversity and breadth of the San Francisco Bay Area’s heritage.
• Project Plan: The project should be part of a clear plan to save and/or care for the site. The applicant should demonstrate that grant support will play an identifiable role in getting the project started or completed or making an important, visible contribution.
• Community Impact: The project should have demonstrated community support, and should have the potential to contribute to tourism or community development.
• Organizational Excellence: The applicant should demonstrate financial and organizational capacity to successfully complete the project and to adhere to the project timeline.
• Completion date: The preservation project must be completed by June 2008.
If you live, work or play in the Bay Area, or simply love the region and want to help preserve its rich heritage for the benefit of present and future generations, here’s your chance to participate by casting your vote for your favorite Bay Area landmark.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation champions preservation by providing leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to people working to preserve, improve, and enjoy the places that matter to them. Based in Washington, D.C., the National Trust provides services through a network of regional offices, including a Western Office located in San Francisco. The World Monuments Fund is the foremost private non-profit organization dedicated to saving the world’s cultural and architectural heritage.
Through the American Express Partners in Preservation program, American Express will provide $5 million for each of the partners over the next five years, to advance its work in saving and restoring sites. This year, the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon has already received a grant under the partnership with the National Trust, and seven other endangered historic sites outside the U.S. will receive funding through the World Monuments Fund partnership.
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