Grant Fund

Black in Historic Preservation Grant Fund

Support a Black student + a Black-led Organization Preserve Black Heritage Sites

To support Black-led organizations (non-profits or fiscally sponsored) and Black students studying historic preservation and allied fields, I am launching a Black in Historic Preservation Fund. The organization will receive a grant, thus enabling them to leverage receiving a grant for future funding. The organization must commit to hiring a Black student to receive the grant. And, the student can list the grant on their CV/resume as an award for future funding.

To seed this endeavor, I am committing $1,500 from wrkSHäp | kiloWatt, LLC, the home of Black in Historic Preservation. From 2011 - 2020, I lived, worked, and volunteered in Seattle. Some of that volunteering included reviewing grant applications for historic preservation projects. Happy to pay it forward with this Grant Fund.

The seed money will fund one (1) grant. However, to align with the 2nd Anniversary of Black in Historic Preservation, I would like to give two grants in 2023. With support from the community-at-large, this is possible.

With the $1,500 seed money and a total contribution goal of $4,500, I’ve set up this campaign with a total amount of $6,000. The goal is to award grants to two (2) Black-led organizations up to $3,000, each.

With your help, we can reach this goal.

Thank you so much for your consideration,


k. kennedy Whiters, AIA, Architect

Owner + Principal Architect

wrkSHäp | kiloWatt, LLC

Tax EIN:  85-4386546

Please Note:  All of the money in the fund goes directly to the fund -- none to my management of it. Financial contributions are not tax-deductible.

Black-Led Organization Eligibility Criteria

Black-Led Organization's Intern/Fellow Eligibility Criteria

Congratulations to the 2023 Inaugural Grant Recipient: the African American Heritage Preservation Fund (AAHPF)!

Congratulations are in order to the African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc. (AAHPF), a US-based not-for-profit organization. They are the recipient of the Inaugural Black in Historic Preservation Grant, administered by wrkSHäp | kiloWatt, LLC!

wrkSHäp | kiloWatt approved their application for funding in the amount of $1,500.00 to support:  

Black students studying architecture at Howard University in Washington, DC, who will complete AAHPF’s internship program. The students will work under the supervision of a Howard University professor and History Associates, Inc. to catalog, digitize, and learn overall records management of Stanton Family Cemetery in Buckingham County, Virginia.

As AAHPF President Renee Ingram shared in AAHPF’s grant application:

This well-preserved African American rural cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and the first free African American privately held cemetery to be placed on the National Register and the Commonwealth of Virginia Landmarks Registry in the United States.

It is an honor to support this important archival project for the heritage preservation of African American history in the US which is also an enriching opportunity for Black students who are studying architecture.


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