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New Grant Available for Southern Illinois Preservation Projects

Photo: Barry Wright

MARION – Landmarks Illinois along with Banterra Bank and Marion Mayor Mike Absher Tuesday announced the new Landmarks Illinois Banterra Bank Preserve Southern Illinois Grant Program at a community event held in Paradise Alley on Tower Square in Marion.

Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois President and CEO, says Landmarks Illinois is partnering with Banterra Bank to provide monetary assistance to preserve or rehabilitate historic structures in downtowns – like what is going on in downtown Marion with several buildings being rehabilitated – and other commercial corridors of southern Illinois to support economic development.

McDonald says the program will provide a minimum of $20,000 in grant funding for two years to historic preservation projects in the region.

This is the first grant program Landmarks Illinois has targeted to a specific Illinois economic development region. Private building owners, developers, for-profit business owners, commercial property owners, non-profit organizations and governmental bodies are encouraged to apply.  

The first grant application deadline is July 15. Visit for detailed grant guidelines and to submit an application.