The Heritage Fund

The Heritage Fund was established by the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation to give Lake Foresters an opportunity to nominate endangered local “treasures” for possible grant funding. During its annual meeting each May, the LFPF will award grants to one or more preservation projects based on need, impact on historical visual character of our community, and overall project cost. 

The gates at Castlegate Court and Waukegan Road, restored in 2013, are an excellent example of a Heritage Fund-type project. Representatives from the North King Muir neighborhood initially approached the LFPF seeking possible assistance in repairing the once-beautiful stone entry into their subdivision, which had fallen into severe disrepair. Contributions raised by the neighborhood were supplemented by funds from the LFPF and the City of Lake Forest, as the gates stand on City property. The contractor who completed the restoration of the gates at the southern entrance of the neighborhood on Deerpath and King Muir Roads was approached to perform the restoration. When the gate restoration was finished, the neighborhood completed the project with funds raised for landscaping. Once obscured by buckthorn, the beautifully reconstructed gates are now visible to all passersby on Waukegan Road.

To be considered, applications must be submitted to the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation, and after review, semifinalists will then be invited to make a presentation to the Heritage Fund Committee. The Heritage Fund Committee will include past and present members of the LFPF Board of Directors, preservation architects, and members from the community who demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to preservation.

Applications are accepted online or by downloading and printing an application form and mailing it in.

For further information or questions, please contact the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation at 847-234-1230 or