Alice Ross Carey Preservation Fund

LisaRuth Elliot from Shaping San Francisco and Georgiana Hernandez (former Director at Accion Latina) scanning neighborhood newspapers at the Internet Archive. Shaping San Francisco were ARC Grant recipients in 2018, which supported their work to digitize the Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco. Photo courtesy of David Gallagher.

San Francisco Heritage is proud to steward the Alice Ross Carey Preservation Fund, a grant program to help document, preserve, and celebrate the diverse historic places and cultural assets that define San Francisco.

Heritage will provide small grants for planning, outreach, capital improvement, and interpretive programs or projects.

By providing tangible financial assistance to small-scale, community-based preservation projects, the new grant program will be a powerful tool to advance Heritage’s advocacy and education work in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded in two rounds each year, with deadlines of February 1st and August 1st. Under special circumstances, awards up to $10,000 may be considered. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(6) business leagues, public agencies, and unincorporated associations with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. No more than three grants shall be awarded to the same organization within a two-year period.

Please review the Grant Guidelines and application for more information.

Grant applications are due on February 1 and August 1.

UPDATE for 2021: We are sorry to announce that we will not be accepting grant applications for the February and August 2021 deadlines for pandemic-related reasons. Please send any questions to




Alice Ross Carey (1949-2013) dedicated her life and career to historic preservation and cultural sustainability in San Francisco. As founder and owner of Carey & Co., Alice oversaw the rehabilitation of many of San Francisco’s most noted historical buildings, including San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, and the Metropolitan Club, to name a few. She was also a lifelong and generous supporter of San Francisco Heritage, where she served on the board of directors from 2001 to 2007.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • public history projects and interpretive programs
  • historic rehabilitation, preservation, and restoration projects preservation and adaptive reuse plans
  • landmark nominations
  • historic district nominations
  • historic structure reports
  • cultural district planning initiatives
  • public events and programs that broaden awareness and appreciation for the city’s cultural heritage
  •  apprenticeship, mentoring, and/or training programs that help sustain arts, language, and traditions representative of San Francisco’s cultural heritage.


Past Recipients:

  • San Francisco Neon (2020)
  • Telegraph Hill Dwellers (2020)
  • Friends of Geneva Office Building and Powerhouse (2020)
  • Mechanics’ Institute (2019)
  • San Francisco Neon (2019)
  • Grabhorn Institute/Arion Press (2019)
  • Golden Gate Institute, Inc. (Kinmon Gakuen) (2018)
  • Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco (2018)
  • San Francisco Neon (2018)
  • 500 Capp Street Foundation
  • Art Deco Society of California
  • Bayview Opera House
  • San Francisco Arts Institute