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Grants: Other Sources

Grants for preservation, education, archives, and planning are also available from other sources:

GET LOCAL: Talk to your local town or city planner, tourism director, librarian, chamber of commerce staff, and other civic leaders to find out about grant sources. Sample local sources include:

Providence's Dexter Donation | Pawtucket Arts Grants

Community Block Development Grants: Entitlement Communities
For Cranston | East Providence | Pawtucket | Providence | Warwick | Woonsocket: funds that help communities carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

Community Block Development Grants: Non-Entitlement Communities (RI's other 33 municipalities)
Funds that help communities carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

THINK REGIONAL: There are many granting organizations that target specific regions of Rhode Island.

Alice I. Sullivan Charitable Trust
funds for capital campaigns in Providence/Pawtucket area

Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust
charitable activities focused on the City of Newport and Aquidneck Island to enhance the quality of life in and to perpetuate community history

Bafflin Foundation
funds land preservation initiatives.

Felicia Fund, Inc.
funds a variety of activities, including preservation projects

Horace A. and S. Ella Kimball Foundation
grants for a wide variety of causes with a focus on South County projects and institutions

June Rockwell Levy Foundation
support for projects and institutions in Northern Rhode Island

Newport Restoration Foundation
funds small projects on Aquidneck Island

Prince Charitable Trusts
support for programs that improve the quality of life for residents of the city of Newport and Aquidneck Island

Roosa Family Foundation
grants for qualified charitable organizations in Rhode Island with a focus on Newport County.

van Beuren Charitable Foundation
Promotes the community well being in Newport County through grants for local social and community services, historic preservation and land conservation.

STATE YOUR CASE: Many funds support preservation projects throughout Rhode Island.

Certified Local Government Program (RI)
grants for resource identification and planning, National Register nominations, public education, archaeological studies, building feasability studies, etc.

The Champlin Foundations
grants for equipment, construction, renovations, purchase of real property, and reduction of mortgage indebtedness to tax exempt organizations.

Fidelity Foundation
support for long-term effectiveness of nonprofit institutions

Ida Ballou Littlefield Memorial Trust
grants for museums

The John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization
discretionary funds for individual projects in public humanities

Joseph O'Neill Ott Fund
grants to support the preservation of historical manuscripts, documents, and muncipal records dating from the 19th century and earlier for the smaller cities and towns of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Council on the Humanities Grant Programs
grants for public humanities programs to scholars and established non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

Rhode Island Foundation Grant Programs
numerous grant opportunities for Rhode Island people, places, and projects, including the Joseph O'Neill Ott Fund for Document Preservation

Rhode Island Historical Records Grant Program (RI Historical Records Advisory Board and RI State Archives)
grants for non-profits to preserve Rhode Island's significant historical records and make them accessible to the public.

The Sachem Foundation

OLD NEW ENGLAND: Some programs solicit grant applications from the six New England states.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
>NTHP Preservation Funds
seed money for preservation projects for Organizational Level Forum members or National Main Street Network members of the National Trust

New England Grassroots Environment Fund
grants to foster and give voice to community involvement in projects that address a wide range of environmental issues including: agriculture, land trusts, sprawl, sustainable communities, trails, and watershed management

PRESERVATION NATION: Federal and nationwide programs support many local projects.

1772 Foundation
To preserve and enhance historical sites with particular interest in farming, industrial development, transportation, and unusual historical buildings.

Department of Justice
>DOJ/Disabled Access Tax Credit
federal tax credit for architectural adaptations, equipment acquisitions, and services such as sign language interpreters and federal tax deduction for architectural or transportation adaptations.

Economic Development Administration
>EDA/Economic Adjustment Assistance Program

Grants support communities that have experienced or are under threat of serious damage to their economic base.
>EDA/Public Works and Economic Development Initiative
Grants help communities to revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and support the generation or retention of jobs and investments.

Environmental Protection Agency
>EPA/Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants
Grants assist the assessment and clean-up of brownfields, including capitalizing of revolving loan funds for clean-up.

Federal Highway Administration
>FHA/National Scenic Byways Discretionary Grants program
grants help preserve America's scenic roads and promote tourism and economic development
>FHA/National Transportation Enhancements
support for projects that benefit the traveling public and help communities to increase transportation choices and access, enhance the built and natural environment, and provide a sense of place.
>FHA/Recreational Trails Program Grants
grants to maintain, restore, and rehabilitate trails and rehabilitate trailside facilities; also to support acquisition of easements or title to property for trails, including acquisition of old road or railroad bridges to be used as recreational trail bridges.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
>HUD/Brownfields Economic Development Initiative Grants
funds to assist cities with the redevelopment of brownfields—abandoned, idled or under-used property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by contamination.
>HUD/Community Renewal Initiative for Renewal Communities and Urban Empowerment Zones Initiative
Financial assistance to distressed communities to open new businesses, rehabilitate and build housing, and undertake other economic revitalization projects.
>HUD/Rural Housing and Economic Development Grants
RHED grants support innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas.

Institute of Museum and Library Services
grants that inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission
funds projects to document democracy at state and local archives, colleges and universities, libraries and historical societies, and other non-profit organizations.

National Endowment for the Arts
Dozens of grants

National Endownment for the Humanities
Dozens of grants

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
>NHPRC/Access to Historical Records Grants
supports archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials with online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.
>NHPRC/Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections Grants
make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet.
>NHPRC/Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records Grants
support projects that explore ways to improve digital literacy and encourage citizen engagement with historical records.

National Park Service
>NPS/American Battlefield Protection Program
Matching grants to assist in planning for, studying, and interpreting historic battlefields.
>NPS/Land and Water Conservation Fund State Conservation Grants
matching grants to states and through states to local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities that provide public access to the lands, waters and other recreation resources
>NPS/National Center for Preservation, Technology, and Training Grants
ompetitive matching grants for preservation research, information management, and training projects
>NPS/Preserve America Grants
matching grants to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education and historic preservation planning
>NPS/Tribal Heritage Grants
funds individual preservation projects proposed by Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations, for example preservation of specific historic properties, identification of cultural resources, preservation planning, oral history, and education/training.
>NPS/Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Grants
Grants for to aid entities that have control over Native American cultural items with implementation of NAGPRA

Natural Resources Conservation Service
>NRCS/Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
matching funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranchland in agricultural uses.

US Department of Agriculture
>USDA/Community Facilities Grant Program
assist rural areas and small towns to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community/public services.

If you have more sources to add to the list, please contact Sarah Zurier.