Partners in Preservation is a philanthropic program by American Express in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Launched in 2006, the program has pledged $5 million over a five year period towards the preservation of historic sites in the U.S. Since 2006, grants have been allocated for sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Chicagoland historic sites.
New Orleans has been identified for this year’s community-based historic preservation initiative, with nine eligible sites identified and $400,000 in preservation grants pledged by American Express. Each site identified was chosen in part for its role in bringing the New Orleans community together in spite of the damages caused by Hurricane Katrina.
As part of the initiative American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a special Advisory Committee comprised of local New Orleans dignitaries will review the public’s stories about the nine historic sites, along with each site’s story, background, and monetary needs, and determine how the $400,000 in preservation grants will be awarded. The sites being awarded American Express Partners in Preservation grants will be announced to the public on May 13th 2008.