Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association

The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association will award grants between $5,000 and $50,000 for qualified historic preservation projects in the City of Long Beach.

2015 Grant Award Recipients

2016 Grant Award Recipients

2017 Grant Award Recipients

2018 Grant Application Schedule:

August 21, 2017 Application materials available
September 5, 2017 Information meeting: 6pm, Long Beach Nonprofit Center, 3515 Linden Ave
October 4, 2017 Letters of Intent due to Long Beach Community Foundation
November 21, 2017 Successful letters invited to submit full proposal
December 19, 2017 Full proposals due to Long Beach Community Foundation
February 26, 2018 Grants awarded


Background

Created in 1998, the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association (LBNMHA) exists to preserve the heritage and historic sites of Long Beach, recognizes the contributions of the Long Beach Naval Station and Shipyard to the City of Long Beach, and honors the work of architect Paul Revere Williams. The Association is led by a nine-member board of directors representing four important historic preservation organizations in Long Beach with expertise and knowledge of the field: the Cultural Heritage Commission, Historical Society of Long Beach, Willmore City Heritage and Long Beach Heritage.

To maximize its resources, the Association created a fund at the Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF). Fund management and investment is accomplished through a partnership with the Greater Horizons Foundation, and LBCF staff also provides administrative support for the Association’s grantmaking activities.


Funding Priorities

A key purpose of the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association is to “foster and support the identification, evaluation, preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of historical resources, sites and archival sources within the municipal boundaries of the City of Long Beach.” Historical resources may include buildings, public landscapes or contributing structures in historic neighborhoods.

Priority is given to:

  • Projects or buildings that provide public benefit and affect the public good for historic preservation and the heritage of Long Beach
  • Projects that recognize the contributions of the Long Beach Naval Station and Shipyard to the City of Long Beach
  • Projects that honor the work of architect Paul Revere Williams
  • Projects that are visible to the public
  • Projects that can be implemented within a one-year grant period
  • Applicants with a demonstrated track record and commitment to historic preservation
  • Applicants that can demonstrate additional resources to accomplish their work, as LBNMHA prefers not to be the sole funder of a project

Eligibility and Limitations

Applicants must be:

  • A nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
  • A for-profit entity, individual or public agency, if the project provides a public benefit consistent with the purpose of the Association, as described above; and
  • Operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Proposed Projects must:

  • Be located within the City of Long Beach;
  • Have its historic designation if the proposed project involves buildings, structures or sites, whether from a local, state or national entity;
  • Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association will fund only direct project expenses. Grants will not be considered for the following:

  • Endowments
  • Sectarian purposes (i.e., programs that promote or require a religious doctrine)
  • Re-granting programs that would grant Association dollars to others
  • Projects already completed
  • General operating support
  • General maintenance and repair

Application Procedures

To make the best use of all resources the application process has been divided into two phases: 1) a Letter of Intent and 2) a Full Proposal.

All Letters of Intent are screened for eligibility by Long Beach Community Foundation staff. Eligible requests are then reviewed by the LBNMHA Board of Trustees. Because of limited resources, only a small number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. It is important to note that being invited to submit a full proposal is neither a guarantee nor commitment of funding. The procedures for the Letter of Intent and Full Proposal phase are described below.

Phase 1:  Letter of Intent

Deadline:  October 4, 2017

To identify the strongest projects and applicants, the LBNMHA requests a brief Letter of Intent with a few specified attachments. The letter should be signed by the individual authorized to accept grants. (If the applicant is not the owner of the property, a letter from the owner endorsing the project should be included.)

The Letter of Intent should be no more than two pages in length (excluding attachments), and include:

  1. Description of the applicant (including its corporate designation/type, if applicable)
  2. Description of the proposed project, specifying its address and historic designation, if applicable
  3. Amount requested
  4. Names and positions of the people responsible for the project
  5. Description of the public benefit the project provides
  6. Description of how the proposed project addresses the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm)
  7. Identification of other sources of project funds

Attach the following to the letter:

  • IRS designation letter, if applicable
  • A one-page project budget (including other committed and/or potential revenue sources)

Submission Instructions for Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent must be submitted both electronically and by hard copy by 3 p.m. on October 4, 2017.

Email (in a .pdf format) to tara@longbeachcf.org

Mail or hand deliver two copies to:

Long Beach Community Foundation
Attention:  LBNMHA Program
400 Oceangate Suite 800
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phase 2:  Full Proposal (by invitation only)

Deadline:  December 19, 2017

The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association will invite a small number of applicants to submit full proposals after screening all Letters of Intent. Proposals should be no longer than eight pages (excluding attachments), and should address all of the following items in the order listed below:

  1. Cover letter (no more than one page) summarizing the proposed project, signed by the applicant, and designating a contact person.
  2. Applicant history, experience in historic preservation and ability to complete the project.
  3. Proposed project
  •    Description of the project
  •    If applicable, description of the resource to be restored, its use and surrounding neighborhood
  •    Public benefit of the project
  •    Public visibility
  •    Workplan/timeline (with notable benchmarks)
  1. Total project budget and/or pro forma:
  •    Including any existing committed dollars, pending applications
  •    Budget narrative, if applicable

Attach the following, if applicable:

  • List of board members and their community affiliations

Submission Instructions for Full Proposal

Full Proposal must be submitted both electronically and by hard copy by 3 p.m. on December 19, 2017.

Email (in a .pdf format) to tara@longbeachcf.org

Mail or hand deliver two copies to:

Long Beach Community Foundation
Attention:  LBNMHA Program
400 Oceangate Suite 800
Long Beach, CA 90802


Proposal Review Process

All proposals will be screened initially by Long Beach Community Foundation staff, then forwarded to the LBNMHA Project Advisory Committee. If needed, follow-up telephone calls or site visits may be conducted. For this reason, it is important to include the contact information for the person best able to discuss the proposed project. Final funding decisions will be made by the LBNMHA Board of Trustees.

To make the most effective use of LBNMHA dollars, the Association may choose to provide only partial funding, funding with conditions, or challenge grants to leverage additional dollars for the proposed project. The Association may consider matching grants for projects with matching requirements from other funders.

If funded, all grantees are required to submit written reports describing progress toward program objectives and documenting financial expenses.

Because the Association expects to receive more requests than it has dollars to grant, it is impossible to let applicants know about the likelihood of funding until all written proposals have been reviewed. LBNMHA also suggests that applicants send their requests to several other prospective funding sources, increasing the possibilities for support.


For more information about the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association fund, attend the public information meeting:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Location: LBCF Nonprofit Center
3515 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

Contact Information:

Cheryl Perry, LBNMHA Board Chair
perry351@charter.net

Tara Sievers, Long Beach Community Foundation
tara@longbeachcf.org
(562) 435-9033