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Scoring stucco on Bristol Statehouse (1819). Bristol Statehouse Foundation has raised over $1.4 million in grants, loans, and donations to restore this landmark on the Bristol Common.

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission operates one grant program and serves as a clearinghouse for information on other preservation grants and financial incentives.

Certified Local Government Grants are available for communities with Historic District Zoning. Eligible projects include identification and evaluation of significant historic and archaeological properties, the nomination of eligible properties to the National Register of Historic Places, historic preservation plans and certain education-related activities.

As of 2018, the bond-funded State Preservation Grant program is on hiatus. RIHPHC awarded grants for capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic structures in 2003-07 and 2015-2017. No funds for this program are available at this time.

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties were available to privately-owned and public (nonfederal) historic properties impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The grant applications were made available to eligible candidates who completed the pre-application or were contacted by the RIHPHC.

Other grant sources are available for Rhode Island projects. Planning a project? Review our list of local, state, regional, and national preservation funds. Or check out other resources for financial incentives.

For more information, please contact Katherine Pomplun at (401)222-4131.