Thanks to a Preserve America grant, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission launched a new initiative in 2009 entitled Preservation is Local (PIL). The program is designed to stimulate Rhode Island communities in addressing the state of historic preservation at the local level, and all local governments are eligible to participate.
In March and April 2009, RIHPHC held three Preservation Is Local Summits: for Providence County, Bristol/Newport counties, and Kent/Washington counties. A fourth mini-summit was held in Warwick. At the summits, we learned about current preservation needs and recent and potential preservation projects.
RIHPHC released the applications for Preservation is Local Grants in May 2009. Applications were due in July, and awards were announced in September. Consolidating the PIL and CLG grants rounds made $200,000 available for projects relating to survey and registration of historic resources; planning and land use activities; public education/heritage tourism activities; historic property management activities; and historic district zoning activities. Applications were accepted for projects from Preserve America communities, CLG communities, or communities that committed to submit an application for Preserve America Community status by October 31, 2010. In short, projects from every community in the state were eligible to apply.
RIHPHC received a total of 57 grant applications from 32 of Rhode Island’s 39 municipalities, as well as the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The combined requests totaled $712,922. Awards were made to assist the following projects:
|Blackstone Valley Heritage Landscapes||Towns of North Smithfield, Smithfield, Burrillville, Lincoln, Glocester||$20,000|
|2011 Preservation Conference||t.b.a.||$11,538|
|Smith's Castle Landscape Master Plan||Cocumscussoc Assoc./Town of North Kingstown||$6,000|
|Economical Historic Home programs/website
||Preserve RI/City of Providence||$20,000|
|Great Road Historic District Zone||Town of Lincoln||$10,000|
|Sandy Pt Light architectural services||Prudence Island Conservancy/Town of Portsmouth||$5,175|
|Wayside signs @ East Bay Bike Path/Civic Ctr||Barrington Pres. Society/Town of Barrington||$6,150|
|2010 Preservation Conference||Town of Little Compton||$12,995|
|Shoreby Hill HD: Inventory||Town of Jamestown||$10,000|
|Phillipsdale Survey||City of East Providence||$15,000|
|Historic Barns of RI: Framework/Survey||Towns of Foster, Glocester, Scituate||$13,545|
|Museum of Natural Hist, Arch. Assessment||Museum of Natural History/City of Providence||$15,000|
|West End/Federal Hill survey||
West Broadway Neighborhood Association/City of Providence
|Local Historic District materials||Town of Narragansett||$18,000|
|Shannock Village Zoning Study||Town of Charlestown||$20,000|
|HDC workshops||Grow Smart RI/Town of South Kingstown||$9135|
For more information, email Sarah Zurier or call her at (401) 222-4142.