Programs and Services

The Conservancy’s combination of financial assistance and technical expertise distinguishes us from other, similar groups. We are one of the largest preservation groups in the country, and very few can match our range of nationally recognized programs and resources. From saving one building at a time in Lower Manhattan when we began, to currently overseeing more than 100 projects a year across the City and State, the Conservancy has adapted to changing needs and demands.

Sacred Sites — one of the first programs in the country to assist landmark religious properties.
EZ (Empowerment Zone) Consulting Grants is a new program that provides matching funds for professional services.
New York City is fortunate to have so many historic homes — and the financial and technical assistance to help preserve them.

After three decades, we are proud to see the difference our work has made.

The Sacred Sites Program — one of the first programs in the country to assist landmark religious properties — provides loans, grants, and technical assistance throughout the State. In addition, the program publishes Common Bond, a technical journal, and hosts regular workshops to help congregations with everything from energy conservation to fundraising.

The City Ventures Fund offers grants and loans to non-profit developers of affordable housing and other services that benefit lower-income communities, in non-landmark, architecturally significant buildings. It has provided over $1 million in financial assistance, resulting in the creation of more than 800 affordable apartments.

The Emergency Grant Program addresses immediate hazards to landmark properties owned by non-profits organizations. It has underwritten over $250,000 in grants since its establishment in 1999.

EZ (Empowerment Zone) Consulting Grants is a new program that provides matching funds for professional services — from architects, engineers, and building conservators — to religious properties of architectural, historic, and cultural merit in Upper Manhattan.

The Historic Properties Fund is one of the nation’s largest revolving loan funds used exclusively for historic preservation. The fund’s loans are available to owners of historic residential, commercial, religious, and non-profit buildings.

The Queens Historic Properties Fund offers low-interest loans and project management assistance to owners of historic residential, non-profit, religious, and commercial buildings in Queens. The Queens Historic Properties Fund is a partnership between the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Queens Historical Society.

The Technical Services program provides expert architectural and preservation advice to property owners, developers, and contractors. Staff members answer hundreds of calls and makes dozens of site visits each year.

The Conservancy has been accepting Historic Preservation Easements for over 30 years and currently administers 45. An easement is a legal agreement that aims to protect a significant historic property or landscape by restricting future changes to or development on the site.