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Getty Announces Opening of Application Process for New Los Angeles County Architectural Preservation Initiative

Preservation Initiative Complements Save America's Treasures

December 20, 1999

LOS ANGELES--The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today the official launch of Preserve L.A., a preservation initiative to support the conservation of Los Angeles County’s rich architectural heritage. The initiative will provide funds to conserve landmark buildings and sites of architectural, historical, and cultural significance that play a unique role in defining the identity of communities throughout the Los Angeles area. Eligible applicants include local nonprofit organizations of all types including schools, religious structures, county courthouses, city halls, residential neighborhoods, and downtown commercial areas. Grant applications are available now and have a submittal date of March 31, 2000. Grant recipients will be announced by June 30, 2000.

Two categories of Preserve L.A. grants are available. Planning grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded for projects to develop comprehensive strategies for the conservation of historic buildings and districts in the county. For a select number of model projects, implementation grants will provide up to $250,000 for the actual stabilization and conservation of a building’s historic structure and fabric. For implementation grants preference will be given to projects that include opportunities for on-site training in architectural conservation or related disciplines.

The new funding initiative was unveiled last year on the occasion of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Los Angeles to recognize the Getty’s grant of $1.1 million to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the Save America’s Treasures Preservation Planning Fund, which supports architectural conservation planning projects throughout the United States. (Save America’s Treasures is a project of the White House Millennium Council in partnership with the National Trust). Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Grant Program, comments, "Preserve L.A. is designed to complement the national initiative and draw national attention to L.A.’s rich architectural heritage. We have many diverse and wonderful historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes that help define and enhance life in the Los Angeles area and it is crucial to keep them alive for future generations."

John Oddy, program officer in charge of conservation grants at the Getty added, "Important sites in Los Angeles County are threatened by neglect, deterioration, lack of maintenance, and insufficient funds. We hope that Preserve L.A. grants will act as a catalyst for essential preservation work and also alert the funding community to the tremendous need for more resources to help restore, protect, and maintain buildings and sites."

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Grant application guidelines for Preserve L.A. are available from the Getty Grant Program office at 310-440-7320, (E-mail) or on the Internet at

A free workshop is being offered on Monday, January 24, 2000 at the Getty Center for potential applicants. The workshop is intended for those who are responsible for the stewardship of historic sites. The purpose of the workshop is to help applicants identify conservation issues, develop projects, and learn more about the application process. For information regarding the workshop, contact the Getty Grant Program at 310-440-7320 or (E-mail).

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