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Preservation Pitch

Do you have a historic preservation project in your area that you really want to get underway?         

Could you use $2,000 in seed money? 
Then the Preservation Pitch is for you.



Join us on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the 32nd Annual Virginia Preservation Conference and sell us on your preservation project and win $2,000 in seed money.

Here’s how it works:

o    You find a preservation project in your area that needs doing and you prepare and send us a PowerPoint explaining why we should pick your project (the PowerPoint can take only 3.5 minutes to present).

o    The Preservation Pitch committee will review all of the presentations and pick three finalists to make their pitches at the annual conference.

o    The assembled audience will vote to determine the winner who will be awarded $2,000 

Rules and Regulations

  •  Anyone can register (individuals, non-profits, government agencies, historical societies, historic property owners, etc.) to enter the Preservation Pitch.

  • A registration fee of $25 must be submitted with each entry. 

  • Properties and sites nominated for the Preservation Pitch must be at lease 50 years old or older.

  • Entries will be due Friday, August 25, 2017. Check back for the registration form soon.     

Requirements and Pointers:

  • One 3-minute, 20-second PowerPoint presentation made of 10 PowerPoint slides to be shown for no longer than 20 seconds each. when you register you must upload a script of the PowerPoint for the jury to review.  Remember each slide should be shown for no longer than 20 seconds each, so there should be no more than 20 seconds of dialogue for each slide. The PowerPoint you upload must be the one you present at the reception. No additions, changes or subtractions can be made to the PowerPoint after submission or you will be disqualified.

  • The type of PowerPoint we are requesting is similar to Petcha Kucha. However, this is a “mini-Petcha Kucha” presentation as regular Petcha Kucha presentations are 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds.

  • For more information and ideas for creating your presentation go to:

  • No more than 2 presenters can give the pitch at the reception.  All other supporters must pay the $20 guest fee to attend and watch (and vote).

  • You must be at the reception to deliver your presentation to the reception attendees. If you do not appear your presentation will be withdrawn from the competition.

  • Three entries will be selected to present on Friday, October 6. You will be notified if you are selected to pitch your project at the reception by September 15th. 

  • The $2,000 award must be used for the historic preservation project pitched. No substitutions are allowed. If you need clarification, please contact Justin Sarafin at 804-648-1889, ext. 317.

  • The winner must have the project reviewed by Preservation Virginia staff for approval of materials, techniques and contractors, etc. The site/property must be open for inspection by Preservation Virginia staff while work is in progress at a mutually agreed upon time and date.

  • The winner must have the project completed within one year of the award date.

  • Receipts for the completed project must be submitted by the winner to Preservation Virginia for reimbursement totaling $2,000.00.   

  • Winners agree to allow Preservation Virginia access to photograph the project before, during and after the work is completed and to use all photos on its website, newsletters, social media outlets and promotional materials.

  • Winners agree to write a blog to be posted on Preservation Virginia’s blog at

  • Winners will sign a contract to commit to the above terms and conditions.  



Justin Sarafin
Director of Preservation Initiatives & Engagement
Preservation Virginia
204 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
804-648-1889, ext. 317