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Grants: State Preservation Grants (2003-2007)

southeast light
Before the grant: Southeast Light, Block Island

As of 2008, the State Preservation Grants program is inactive.

Between 2003 and 2007, the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission awarded $6 million to 86 sites in 27 cities and towns through the State Preservation Grants program. The total value of all the State Preservation Grant projects was $74.9 million.

SPG links :
>SPG procedures (pdf)
>SPG regulations (pdf)
>2003-04 SPG projects and progress
>2003 SPG summary/awards
>2004 SPG summary/awards
>2005 SPG summary/awards
>2006 SPG summary/awards
>2007 SPG summary/awards

Background: In 2002 and 2004, the voters of Rhode Island approved bond issues to establish 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. These guidelines and instructions are based on regulations adapted by the Commission and provide information on the review, evaluation, award, and administration of these grants.

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 was a matching grant program. It promoted careful planning for the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of a variety of historic resources around the state. Through its matching requirements, the program stimulated broader support and participation in historic preservation projects statewide.

For more information, email Sarah Zurier, or call her at (401)222-4142.