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Grants: State Preservation Grants

Applications are now available for the 2017 State Preservation Grant round.

RIHPHC hosted several information sessions: in Newport (424 Bellevue Ave) on June 13 at 10:30am, in Providence (150 Benefit St) on June 14 at 3:00pm, and in East Greenwich (82 Peirce St) on June 15 at 10:30am.
Completed applications are due by August 18.

A letter of intent is not required for submitting a grant application, but we strongly recommend that you contact RIHPHC for feedback on ideas for a potential grant application. For more information, contact Sarah Zurier (401)222-4142.

You can download the 2017 Application below:

2017 SPG Application Guidelines (.pdf file)

2017 SPG Application Form (fillable .pdf file)

2017 SPG Large Project Budget Worksheet (.xls file)

2017 SPG Small Project Budget Worksheet (.xls file)
Important! Open the Application Form and Budget Worksheets, and then save a copy to your computer immediately. If you begin working on the form before you save a copy, the data will be lost.

2017 SPG Application Checklist (.pdf format)

Please consult the following background information:

SPG 2017 Workshop Powerpoint (.pdf format)
Miss the workshops? Here's the presentation.

SPG Evaluation Information (.pdf format) (revised 7/8/15)

SPG Q & A (.pdf format)
Questions and answers from the June 3, 2015 Informational Session

SPG Procedures for grantees (revised 2/18/16)

SPG Rules and Regulations (revised 2015)

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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.

For general questions about State Preservation Grants, email Sarah Zurier, or call her at (401)222-4142.

For lists of past grant recipients, please click on the following years:

2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2015 | 2016