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Grants: State Preservation Grants

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RIHPHC is relaunching the State Preservation Grants program. Applications will be available by the end of May. An informational session will be held on:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 10am
at the RIHPHC, 150 Benefit St., Providence

Attendees will learn about the program, the application, and the funding process; however, attendance is not required for grant applicants.

RIHPHC is currently in the process of making minor revisions to the program regulations. The public comment period for the amendment to the existing regulations extends from May 12 to June 12, 2015. Visit our Public Information page to view the public notice of proposed rulemaking, concise summary of non-technical differences between existing and proposed new rules, Small Business Impact Statement, and proposed regulations.

Program background:
In 2002, 2004, and 2014, Rhode Island voters approved bond issues to fund a historic preservation grant program operated by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (“RIHPHC” or “the Commission”) to fund capital preservation for renovation projects at public historic sites, museums, and cultural art centers located in historic structures in the State of Rhode Island.

The State Preservation Grants Program was created because state lawmakers and voters recognized that many significant properties controlled by public agencies and non-profit organizations need extensive repairs or restoration; that it is essential to preserve landmarks that embody our heritage; and that arts, culture, and civic organizations face unique challenges in updating their historic facilities for new audiences and programs. Preserving these particular landmarks—theatres, museums, concert halls, dance spaces, art centers, public historic sites—contributes to the quality of life in Rhode Island and insures that our arts, culture, and civic facilities continue to inspire new generations. Moreover, historic preservation creates jobs, stimulates tourism, educates us about the past, revitalizes our downtowns and neighborhoods, and combats sprawl in rural places.

The State Preservation Grants Program is a matching grant program. It promotes careful planning for the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of a variety of historic resources around the state. Through its matching requirements, the program stimulates broader support and participation in historic preservation projects statewide.

Between 2003 and 2007, RIHPHC ran five grant rounds and awarded $6 million to 86 sites in 27 cities and towns. The RIHPHC expects to hold three grant rounds in 2015-17 to award $5 million.

For more information or to be notified when applications are available, email Sarah Zurier, or call her at (401)222-4142.