American Friends of Walloon Heritage Fund

Walloon Heritage Institute (BE) A Project of W | KBFUS Funds

The Walloon Heritage Institute is a public agency of the Walloon Region in Belgium. It was created in 1999. It manages the Heritage Crafts Centre, oversees the development of regional monuments and pursues a heritage awareness policy. The Institute helps the owners of certain private and public listed monuments to restore their properties and, sometimes, work out a change of use for the building. The Walloon Government defines the list of historic buildings entrusted to the Institute's care. The Institute organises the Heritage Days (European Council) each September, edits a lot of books, flyers and has a mission of sensibilisation of the citizens about the Walloon Heritage.

The IPW's property unit, a team of art historians, architects, economist and lawyers, helps owners with official procedures and paperwork, with the search for investors and sponsors, works out financing plans and legal schemes for saving monuments.

Most of the monuments entrusted to the Institute are in need of major investment for restoration or preservation. Ninety-five monuments are carried on by the Institute for instance.

The projects put together by the Heritage Institute receive priority treatment in obtaining grants for restoration work. These currently run at about 60% of expenditure on work on the listed parts of buildings, but may rise to as high as 80% for a change of use of general public interest. Financing therefore has to be found for 40% or 20% of the listed parts and that part needs fundraising.

Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of Walloon Heritage Fund" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: or phone (212) 713 7660.