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Grants: State Preservation Grants: 2006 Summary

borders farm grant
Gov. Donald Carcieri and RIHPHC Chair Fred Williamson congratulate Borders Farm Preservation Inc. on their 2006 State Preservation Grant award

The 2006 State Preservation Grant awards, worth a total of $1 million, funded capital preservation work at 21 museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites from 16 towns and cities around the state. The 21 State Preservation Grant projects were selected from a pool of 40 applications.  

The list of grant recipients represents 16 Rhode Island communities, from Bristol to Westerly, Exeter to Pawtucket. It includes an array of Rhode Island communities and venues, from local treasures like the Borders Farm in Foster and Smithfield Exchange Bank to nationally significant sites like the elegant Château-sur-Mer in Newport and the Narragansett Towers designed by McKim, Mead and White. The grants will preserve such diverse structures as a historic lighthouse, a courthouse, and a barracks—not to mention three libraries and four town halls.

The $1 million in grant awards will go a long way by supporting projects with a total value of $18,290,326. Small grants will support small gems like one-room schoolhouses in Exeter and Johnston. Large grants of up to $100,000 will support important community landmarks like Pawtucket Armory, Pawtucket Public Library, North Light on Block Island, and the new headquarters for Providence CityArts for Youth and the CVS Highlander School. For every $1 invested, almost $17 of preservation activity is generated.

Interested in applying for a grant? Applications for the 2007 State Preservation Grant round will be available next spring.



Bristol Bristol State House
East Greenwich East Greenwich Town Hall $50,000
East Greenwich Varnum House Museum
Exeter Woody Hill School
Foster Borders Farm $33,600
Johnston Belknap School
Narragansett The Towers
New Shoreham North Light
Newport Château-sur-Mer
Newport Fort Hamilton Barracks (Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation)
North Kingstown North Kingstown Town Hall
Pawtucket Pawtucket Armory
Pawtucket Pawtucket Public Library
Providence Providence City Arts for Youth/CVS Highlander School
Providence The Providence Athenaeum
Scituate Scituate Town Hall
Smithfield Smithfield Exchange Bank
South Kingstown South County Art Association


Warwick Warwick City Hall
Westerly Westerly Public Library