Our First Benefactor
Robert Sincerbeaux was Preservation Trust’s first benefactor. We’ve named our project development grants after Bob as a way to honor his approach to preservation.
Bob understood that people all around Vermont are passionate about their communities, countryside, and special places.
Through the foundations he managed, he was able to provide a little seed money and a lot of encouragement, and then he watched the remarkable progress.
Grants are funded by the Walter Cerf Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation and by contributors to the Preservation Trust.
For Condition Assessments
The RSF grants are often used to hire a preservation contractor or architect to evaluate the condition of an historic building and make recommendations for its care. The consultant will prepare a report that prioritizes repairs and gives rough cost estimates so groups can plan fundraising strategies. A corps of qualified consultants have generously offered to do assessments for nonprofit organizations for a flat fee of $500; the Preservation Trust grant pays for half.
For Other Consulting Services
The grants may also be used for any other technical assistance that will move a project along its timeline. Eligible activities may include organizational development, project planning, fundraising consultation, feasibility assessment, and other project development activities.
RSF Grants have a rolling deadline. Applications are initiated by contacting our Field Service Representatives and setting up a site visit. Please be prepared to describe what you know is wrong with your building and any concerns you have at that time.