Evans Memorial Historic Preservation Grant
MAF awards the Evans Memorial Historic Preservation Grant to support create solutions to architectural preservation.
David Evans, FAIA was a prominent member of the architectural profession and his community. His career passion was historic preservation architecture. He believed that the architectural treasures of the past must be valued and preserved for the generations to come. This award will made to a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that can demonstrate a creative and synergistic solution to a preservation problem consistent with David Evans’ values. The Evans Historic Preservation Grant seeks to be a catalyst for the continued use of Michigan’s historic building stock. The program has been instrumental in providing a small grant to start or complete an organizations preservation goal.
The Clannad Foundation and the Michigan Architectural Foundation created the Evans Historic Preservation Award in David’s honor as an appropriate way to commemorate his outstanding work and the values that he espoused.
The grant is aimed at small preservation projects. The application process is straightforward and does not require a professional to prepare. The applicant may use up to five pages, including the application form, to explain the project. Submit one copy of an electronic disk by the deadline. Include supplemental material; i.e, websites, photographs, drawings or promotional brochures, that are clearly identified. The jury will contact the applicant if additional information is needed. A jury composed of representatives of the two Foundations, recognized preservation experts, and preservation architects will examine the submissions.
Since the program began in 1999, the Evans Grant jury has awarded over $60,000 toward the stabilization and preservation of structures with historic significance throughout Michigan. The jury is particularly interested in projects that can demonstrate community commitment through matching funds. David Evans saw building restoration as a key element in successful downtown economic revivals, and this grant encourages proposals that seek to reuse a historic property.