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Major Grant of $1.1 Million to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for the Save America's Treasures Campaign, Announced by the J. Paul Getty Trust

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Recognizes Grant at a Public Ceremony in Los Angeles Today

December 10, 1998

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today a major grant of $1.1 million to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant will support up to 25 model projects throughout the United States and is intended to set a standard for the conservation of historic districts across the nation. The projects will be part of the Save America’s Treasures campaign, an initiative of the White House Millennium Council chaired by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. This award is one of the largest single grants ever awarded by the Getty Trust, a foundation devoted to the visual arts and humanities and based at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

During a ceremony at the historic Breed Street Shul in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles this afternoon, the First Lady recognized the Getty’s grant as announced by Robert F. Erburu, Chairman of the Getty’s Board of Trustees.

Save America’s Treasures, an initiative to protect the artifacts and places of historic value to the American people, is a project of the White House Millennium Council - a nonpartisan public-private partnership of individuals, professional organizations, foundations, and corporations - in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The projects to be funded by the Getty grant will be chosen through a national juried competition administered by the National Trust. Particular emphasis will be placed on the crucial assessment and planning stages frequently overlooked in preservation projects. Individual grants will range up to $50,000 and will be matched by grant recipients on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The Getty funds will thus leverage an additional $1 million.

"As an educational institution with a strong public mission and experience in conserving historic sites throughout the world, the Getty is proud to support Save America’s Treasures," said Mr. Erburu. "This grant signals our commitment to increasing the public’s understanding of the importance of preserving the tangible symbols of our nation’s past. It provides an opportunity to combine our conservation expertise with funding, and to inspire other funders to get involved in architectural conservation projects that will enhance lives and neighborhoods across America." Mr. Erburu will make the presentation on the Getty’s behalf at the ceremony.

Getty Announces Additional Grants  and New Local Preservation Initiative

The Getty also announced a separate grant to the Breed Street Shul, a historic synagogue in Boyle Heights and the site of today’s event. The $15,000 grant from the Getty will allow for emergency stabilization of the 75-year-old building, damaged during last year’s winter storms. Funds will be used toward installing temporary roof coverings to prevent further damage to the building while long-term conservation plans are put into place. 

To complement the national Save America’s Treasures initiative, the Getty Trust also announced a Los Angeles preservation initiative for the millennium that will include three phases: a survey of historic buildings and districts in Los Angeles; the awarding of planning grants, including for emergency stabilization work; and the funding of selected demonstration projects at key sites throughout the city.

Grant application guidelines for the national initiative are available from the National Trust for Historic Preservation at (202) 456-2000 or on The White House Millennium Council Web site. For information about other Getty grants, including the local initiatives, contact the Getty Grant Program at (310) 440-7320.

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