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Preservation Awards Application FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Preservation Awards application process!
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How can I make my application stand out to the jury?

Tell a compelling, succinct story that demonstrates the impact of your project. The Preservation Awards convey the value of historic preservation to a wide audience. Successful applications make a persuasive case for the importance of their project’s story, encompassing its:

  • Historical context
  • Specific goals and challenges
  • Community benefits
  • Lessons learned

Describe the project’s scope of work clearly and completely. If you are nominating a project with multiple components, be sure to include an explanation of each of the project’s elements. Remember to coordinate with other members of the project team, if needed.

Use a range of descriptive, high-quality images. The photos that accompany the application are often the only way that the jury can visualize a project. In addition to historic views and before/after shots, please include construction photographs and other images with people in them, as these will help bring the story to life. Detailed instructions are included in the application itself. 

What types of projects are eligible?

Projects must be located in Los Angeles County and completed by the time the application is submitted. Construction projects must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and cultural landscape projects must follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes.

The following are eligible for a Conservancy Preservation Award:

  • Construction projects: restoration, rehabilitation, or adaptive reuse of a historic property
  • Preservation plans, programs, policies, or studies
  • Educational programs in historic preservation: courses, publications, conferences, etc.
  • Grassroots preservation efforts by an individual or group
  • Cultural landscapes (eligible for the Royce Neuschatz Award)


I would like to nominate a person or organization for an award. Are there any special guidelines?

You are welcome to nominate a person or organization for a Preservation Award, and you can follow the guidelines for the project narrative as they apply. For example, you should describe important accomplishments and components of the person or organization’s work, as well as the significance of their contributions to the preservation field and any challenges they may have overcome. 

In your narrative, be sure to make a case for the timing of the application. If the person or organization is celebrating a significant milestone, for example, you should highlight the relevance of the award in its given year. 

Will Conservancy staff or jury members visit the project site?

Conservancy staff may visit the site before the jury convenes, but not necessarily. If we need to arrange site access, we will contact the person who submitted the application. Jury members do not typically visit the project sites, which is why a compelling narrative and high-quality images are essential to a good application.


I am submitting the application on behalf of my company, organization, etc. What are my responsibilities?

The person submitting the application will be the Conservancy’s primary contact for the award cycle. You are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete and for notifying other members of the project team of the award. 

We will confirm receipt of the application materials and payment with you within one week of submission and will contact you with the jury’s decision this winter.

We will also send a packet of materials to the point person for all award recipients and will coordinate logistics for the luncheon with you directly. 

When should I expect to hear back about the status of my application?

Applications for the 2021 Preservation Awards are due on Friday, January 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. We will confirm receipt of all applications and payments within one week. If we need to coordinate a site visit, we will follow up separately.

We will notify all applicants of the jury’s decisions in 2021 before we publicly announce the award recipients. 

Will the Conservancy accept late submissions?

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the Conservancy receives both the application and payment by the deadline.

The Conservancy reserves the right to disqualify any application that we do not receive by the 5:00 p.m. deadline on January 8th, even if it was submitted but not received due to technical or delivery error. 

We will refund any fees for applications we do not receive. 

Does the Conservancy have guidelines for submitting photographs?

All applications must include forty to fifty images (preferred, but no hard minimum or maximum)  and an MS Word document with a brief caption for each photograph.

Images should include historic views, before/after shots, construction photos, and other images with people in them, as these help bring the story to life.

In addition to the presentation, applicants must submit three to five high-resolution (300 dpi) color images of the completed project. If your project is selected for an award, these high-resolution photos will be used on our website and other promotional materials. By providing these photos, you are granting the Conservancy permission to share them in both digital and print formats. Please refer to the application for detailed requirements and submission instructions.


How do I submit my application materials and photos?

Upload the following to a file-sharing service (such as Dropbox) :

  • Project Application and Narrative document
  • Project team list
  • Project photos presentation (PowerPoint)
  • 40-50 individual JPEG Images 
  • 3-5 hi-res images of the completed project
  • Photo credits  for hi-res images 

Create a shareable link for your Dropbox folder; you will include this link on the online payment form as part of the check-out process.

If you have a question not answered here or in the application, please contact Erik Van Breene at or (213) 430-4206.

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