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Grants: Other Sources

Grants for preservation, education, archives, and planning are also available from other sources (updated August 2008).

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 | Warwick Tourism

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

John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Funding for community and non-profit preservation projects varies from year to year. Contact for more info.

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

Preserve Rhode Island/Citizens Bank Mini-Grant Program
matching grants to support costs of preservation and planning consultants, planning studies, design work, new education projects, and emergency intervention for historic properties.

Rhode Island Council on the Humanities Grant Programs
grants for public humanities programs to 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. The three major grant categories are Strategy Grants (the large pool of funds that are granted once a year), Small Grants (reviewed and decided monthly), and special funding opportunities

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
various grant programs are operated by the NTHP's Northeast Office
>NTHP Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors
matching grants to nonprofits and public agencies to preserve, restore, and interpret historic interiors
>NTHP Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
assistance to nonprofits and public agencies for projects that contribute to preservation or recapture an authentic sense of place
>NTHP Preservation Funds
assistance to nonprofits and public agencies through matching grants for planning and educational efforts and intervention funds for preservation emergencies

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

Third Sector New England
planning and implementation grants to help underwrite the cost of bringing organizations and networks together to plan their learning programs.

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/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.

Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
Grants support communities that have experienced or are under threat of serious damage to their economic base.

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
>IMLS/Conservation Project Support Grants
identify conservation needs and priorities and perform activities to ensure the safekeeping of their collections and the buildings (including historic buildings) that house them.
>IMLS/Conservation Assessment Program
provides a general conservation assessment of your museum's collection, environmental conditions, and site to help your museum develop strategies for improved collections care and provide a tool for long-range planning and fund-raising.
>IMLS/Museum Assessment Program Grants
Museums, including historic house museums, can receive grants to perform institutional, collections management, public dimension, and governance assessments.

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA/Grants for Arts Projects: Design
Access to Artistic Excellence (Stewardship) grants fund a broad range of historic preservation activities. Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants support architectural studies, design competitions, charettes (design workshops), or feasibility plans for the renovation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of facilities or spaces for cultural activities

National Endownment for the Humanities
NEH/America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants and Implementation Grants
Interpretation of historic places or areas is among the activities funded by these grants. The grants cannot be used for rehabilitation costs.
>NEH/Challenge Grants
support for, and improvements in, their humanities programs and resources. Funds can be used to create endowments for maintenance of facilities.
>NEH/Collaborative Research Grants (Humanities)
grants to support original research in the humanities, such as archeology projects that interpret and communicate the results of archaeological fieldwork.
>NEH/Preservation Assistance Grants
grants for the preservation and conservation of collections.
>NEH/Preservation and Access: Grants for Stabilizing Humanities Collections
grants to help museums, libraries, archives, and historical organizations preserve their humanities collections through support for improved housing and storage, environmental conditions, security, lighting, and fire protection.
>NEH/We the People: Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions, and Culture
grants to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for humanities activities focused on exploring significant themes and events in American history.
>NEH We the People: Interpreting America’s Historic Places Planning and Implementation Grants
grant projects may interpret a single historic site or house, a series of sites, an entire neighborhood, a town or community, or a larger geographical region

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
>NOAA/Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Grants
grants to protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values.
>NOAA/Coastal Zone Management Grants
Promotes national coastal management through approved programs that are expected to address preservation and restoration of historic, cultural, and esthetic coastal features, as well as redevelopment of urban waterfronts and ports.

National Park Service
>NPS/American Battlefield Protection Program
Matching grants to assist in planning for, studying, and interpreting historic battlefields.
>NPS/Challenge Cost Share Program
Matching grants for stewards of National Historic Landmarks for projects that embrace the concept of civic engagement.
>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/Save America's Treasures
grants to preserve nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts, and historic structures and sites.
>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.

Restore America Grants
support for neighborhood and community revitalization and reinvestment projects
revitalization of communities and support community re-investment projects in cities across the nation.

Save Our History
grants for non-profit or govt. agencies which partner with schools to explore and preserve a significant aspect of community history.

high-quality refurbished computer systems and software for qualified nonprofits

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.
>USDA/Rural Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities Initiative
Through grants and tax incentives, this program provides financial assistance to distressed rural communities to open new businesses, rehabilitate and build housing, and undertake other economic revitalization projects.

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