America’s Barns are Worth Saving

The Barn Believers Community Project Fund was created (2017) because heritage barns -- timber-frame, log and stone - are being destroyed. Valuable documents and photos which record the stories of these architectural treasures are being discarded. The time to save them is NOW!.

Barn Believers:

  • awards grants to 501c3 nonprofits.
  • shares accurate information for decision-making.
  • is not an endowment or a membership organization.
  • does not recommend contractors, companies or products.
  • makes grants only within the state of Michigan.
  • See Grants/Application. (Downloadable PDF)

Examples of qualifying projects include convening decision-makers to design barn-friendly policies, preserving historic barn-related collections, evaluating and advising on the condition of a barn in preparation for relocating it for nonprofit use, and education. To discuss Contact Us.

"Barn in the U.P."

Jeanne Kiper Barn Painting

Our thanks to the generous donor who purchased this watercolor of a Michigan barn and to artist Jeanne Kipker for sharing her work with Barn Believers. Jeanne says barns are “mystical and magical. You wonder what secrets they hold.”

Barn Believers in Action

We are honored to share the work of photographers whose images are drawing the attention of thousands through the Facebook site, Michigan Old Barns. They are recording history, inspiring others, and stirring conversation. Our deepest thanks to these amazing artists who see with their hearts and capture with their cameras. Many offer their work for sale and can be reached through their own Facebook sites. We will be happy to help you connect with them if you like.

Colleen Fitzpatrick McMurry Photo
Colleen Fitzpatrick McMurray
View examples of her work!