Delaware Preservation Fund

If you have any questions, please contact Vince Murphy by email, or call him at 443-504-2049.


About the Delaware Preservation Fund

The Delaware Preservation Fund provides financial assistance to owners of historic properties. Assistance is in the form of mini-grants and low interest, short term loans in support of restoration or acquisition. Created by Preservation Delaware in 2000, seed money for the Fund was provided through the generosity of the Delaware General Assembly, and the Longwood and Welfare Foundations. The Fund is administered by its own Board of Directors and a part-time Project Director.

The mission of the Delaware Preservation Fund is to assist in the preservation of the architectural heritage and the historic built environment of Delaware, through financial assistance to owners of historic properties.

The Fund’s programs target buildings which are on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, are contributing elements in a designated National Register historic district, or are recognized or considered eligible for county or local government designation. Historic resources, such as ships, railroad items, fountains, cemeteries, or statuary that may be listed individually, or which contribute to local or National Register historic districts, also qualify for consideration.

All work funded must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. All assistance is available regardless of an applicant’s race, age, religion, gender, origin, disability, or familial status.

Assistance is provided in the form of:

  • Small Grants - New 2023 Applications now available! The closing date for applications will be February 3, 2023.
  • Short-term Loans

For more information on the short term loans to assist preservation projects and to apply:

Delaware Preservation Fund, Inc

Board of Directors

Catherine Morrissey (President), Associate Director, Center for Historic Architecture and Design

Jeremy Rothwell (Vice President), Smyrna Senior Planner

Dan Parsons (Secretary), Sussex County Preservation Planner

Michael McGrath (Treasurer), Preservation Delaware

Mark Chura, Principal, Chura & Associates

Abdullah Muhammad, Historian/Preservation Delaware Board of Directors

Bryan Hudson, Accountant/Preservation Delaware Board of Directors

Michael McConnell. State of Delaware, Office of Management and Budget

Victoria Brennan, Office of the Controller General

C Russell McCabe, II, Governor’s representative

Project Director

Vincent Murphy

Delaware Preservation Fund, Inc

443-504-2049 (Cell)


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