CFLL Historic Preservation Fund Grants

The CFLL Historic Preservation Fund was established to assist nonprofit organizations or other charities in funding preservation projects in Springfield, Illinois. The fund may also be used for the benefit of historic preservation projects undertaken by private individuals, businesses and other entities that meet certain charitable criteria.

Grant Recipients

Year Organization Grant Amount Purpose
2023 Dana-Thomas House Foundation $3,000 Replace 30+ year old carpets in the historic Dana-Thomas House.
2023 Eta Psi Sigma Foundation $3,000 To erect historical markers on the original sites of three Black churches - Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Union Baptist Church and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church - as well as their present locations.
2021 Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association $2,000 Digitization of research of residential properties in the historic Enos Park neighborhood.
2021 Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place $3,000 Tuckpointing and repair of the basement stair entry on the north side of historic Edwards Place.
2020 Central 3 Community First Project, Inc. $2,500 For the “Shine a Light” project, which offers organized tours and informational materials for three historic African American sites on Springfield’s near east side.
2020 Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum $2,500 To support the museum’s general operations, as well as programs and projects on African American history.
2019 Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation $5,500 For reinstalling Oak Ridge Cemetery’s 1900s-era iron archway sign, originally located at the cemetery entrance on First Street, to in front of the existing bell tower and east of the Lincoln Receiving Vault.
2019 The James Project $2,000 For restoring a wooden door and entryway to a 100-plus year old home in Hawthorne Place.
2018 Central 3 Community First Project, Inc. $6,500 For preservation efforts of the main floor for the First Black Firehouse at 1310 E. Adams Street.
2018 Kidzeum of Health and Science $1,000 For restoring an interior wall, and that would hold signage highlighting the significance of the building.
2017 Vachel Lindsay Association $7,500 For preservation efforts for the Vachel Lindsay Home at 603 South Fifth Street.
2016 Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association $7,500 For exterior preservation efforts, including tuckpointing, a new door and new front window at 711 E. Enos in Springfield.
2015 Elijah Iles House Foundation $6,000 To construct a porch on the north side of the east west extension to complete the historic restoration of the Strawbridge Shepherd House and allow for inclusion of handicapped accessible access to the house.
2014 Springfield Art Association $4,000 For reproduction of 1850s wallpaper discovered during the interior restoration of Edwards Place, the Abraham Lincoln era historic house museum owned and operated by the Springfield Art Association.
2013 The Greater Springfield Chamber Foundation $4,000 To develop renderings for the Jackson Street Corridor.
2012 Downtown Springfield, Inc. $4,000 To create uniform signage and development of a smart phone application to help tourists navigate downtown Springfield area's historic sites and properties.