The 1772 Foundation, based in Providence, RI, plays a leading role in promoting historic preservation nationwide. In the most recent grant round, the 1772 Foundation worked with the Preservation Trust of Vermont and other northeastern states to administer 1:1 matching grants of up to $10,000. Grants totaling $100,000 will be given to eleven historic preservation projects for building exteriors.
Grant recipients in Vermont include Montgomery Historical Society (Pratt Hall $10,000), Retreat Farm Inc. (The Retreat Farm $10,000), Park McCullough House Association (Park McCullough House $10,000), Center for Arts and Learning (St. Michael’s School and Convent $10,000), Charlotte Grange (Charlotte Grange $10,000), Fairfield Community Center Association (The Meeting House on the Green $10,000), St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center (St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center $10,000), Corner School Resource Center, Inc. (Granville Corner School $10,000), Union Church of New Haven Mills (Union Church New Haven Mills $10,000), Starksboro Village Meeting House Society (Starksboro Village Meeting House $5,000) and Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, Inc. (Fox Hill $5,000).
Preservation Trust of Vermont’s Field Service Representative Lisa Ryan remarks, “The Preservation Trust is very grateful for the investment that the 1772 Foundation is making in Vermont and other parts of New England. Funds for historic preservation projects are needed now more than ever. These small grants will not only provide dollars for restoration work, but will also employ local tradespeople, support local businesses, and enable the nonprofits that own the buildings to have more resources available to serve their communities. This will be especially important as we enter the economic recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
For more than forty years, the Preservation Trust of Vermont has been working to save buildings in each corner of Vermont and every town in between. The Trust helps communities keep gathering places alive and encourages the vitality of downtowns and village centers while retaining the integrity of the surrounding rural landscape. More information may be found at www.ptvermont.org.
The 1772 Foundation works to ensure the safe passage of our historic buildings and farmland to future generations. More information about The 1772 Foundation may be found at www.1772foundation.org.
“Small matching grants for brick-and-mortar preservation projects have long played an important role in the 1772 Foundation’s grant making, as it was the passion of its founder, Stewart B. Kean. However, this is the first year that we have opened the program up to all six New England states, and the expansion has been enthusiastically received. We have been fortunate to work with six fantastic statewide organizations, whose local community knowledge has proven invaluable. The vast response to this grant has also shown to the Foundation how necessary these brick-and-mortar grants are to keeping our historic structures standing.” — B. Danforth Ely, 1772 Foundation Board President