The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Preservation Resource Center Infrastructure ProposalPreservation Resource Center Infrastructure Proposal

Grant Information
Categories Community , Education
Location United States
Cycle Year 2014
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) Santa Monica Conservancy
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Carol Lemlein
Phone 310-729-1165
P.O. Box 653
Santa Monica
Additional Information
Used for The Santa Monica Conservancy, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, has led community efforts to advance historic preservation in Santa Monica and the surrounding communities since its founding in 2002. It has been working for many years to raise the funds to rehabilitate a Landmark Shotgun House from the turn of the last century to serve as a Preservation Resource Center for the community, and expects to complete construction on the Center early in 2015. We anticipate that it will cost us about $20,000 to provide the technology and furnishings to operate it as both our first physical office and an educational center offering tours, workshops and one-on–one consultation, and we are requesting grant funding to supplement what we have been able to raise in cash and in-kind donations.
Benefits The Conservancy works to promote understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social and economic benefits of historic preservation through education, assistance and advocacy. Our historic places – whether they are impressive commercial buildings or the older homes that give character to our residential neighborhoods or simple structures like our Shotgun House – represent the lives and values of those who came before us, and are an important aspect of what we want to pass on to the future. The Preservation Resource Center will provide a venue where we can educate the community on all aspects of preservation, greatly enhancing our effectiveness in passing that legacy on to future generations.
Proposal Description
Until now, the Conservancy has been operated entirely out of its board members’ and volunteers’ homes, using their personal technology and frequently also their living spaces for small group meetings. The Preservation Resource Center will provide us with our first physical facilities. We will relocate our internal operations as well as smaller public education programs and workshops to the Center while we will, of course, continue to use donated and rented facilities for programs with larger attendance than the Center can accommodate. 
We intend to use funds from the grant toward purchase of the furnishings and technology we need to 
operate the Preservation Resource Center. Our total budget is approximately $20,000 for these needs,
- 3 computers with Office and Adobe software
- a high-volume printer/copier/scanner 
- two desks with file and drawer storage and ergonomic chairs
- three filing cabinets 
- 20 stacking chairs
- 2 folding tables which together can provide a conference table for 14 – 16 people
- a small undercounter refrigerator
We have been working for over a year to secure in-kind donations from one of several local office furniture suppliers but so far our efforts have yielded only a few items, such as two ergonomic desk chairs. We have also received in-kind donations of custom shelving and cabinetry, two flat screen displays, a Mac “mini” computer, and the frames for our interpretive displays. A grant supporting the remaining requirements for the operational set up of the Center will enable us to dedicate the remaining funds from our capital campaign to programming needs.
Thank you for your consideration of our proposal.