News Releases

September 18, 2008

Funding Available for Community Projects Focusing on History and Preservation

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Deadlines are approaching for a variety of grant programs available to help communities and organizations celebrate their heritage in 2009 and beyond.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Vermont Arts Council and other agencies are offering grants that range from 2009 Lake Champlain Quadricentennial commemoration projects to the restoration of local landmarks. Deadlines for the Vermont Arts Council, Historic Preservation and Lake Champlain Basin Program grants are in early October, and the deadline for the Barn Grants is Nov. 6.

“We encourage municipalities, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations to apply for these grants, which are designed to help preserve historic sites and promote public awareness of Vermont’s cultural heritage,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Jane Lendway. “With the 2009 Lake Champlain Quadricentennial just around the corner, this is a perfect time for communities and organizations to promote their local history and preservation efforts to a worldwide audience.”

Here is a list of grant programs available:

Vermont Arts Council’s Cultural Facilities Grants

Summary: This program offers state grants to improve facilities used for providing cultural events and activities for the public. This grant program is operated in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance.

Range: $750 to $20,000.

Eligibility: Municipalities and non-profit organizations.

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2008

Contact: Sonia Rae, Vermont Arts Council, 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-6001

Phone: 802-828-3778.



Lake Champlain Basin Program Grants

Summary: The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) will award grants to fund projects associated with efforts in Vermont and New York that support the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s 1609 arrival to the lake. The LCBP will also award Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) grants this year.

Range: $5,000 to $10,000

Eligibility: Local government entities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Private businesses, individuals and state government agencies may collaborate with one of the above groups, but they are not eligible to be the primary applicant under this grant program.

Deadline: Oct. 3, 2008

Contact: Jim Brangan, Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT 05458

Phone: 802-372-3213



Historic Preservation Grants

Summary: The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has a 50/50 matching grants program to assist municipalities and non-profit organizations in restoring important historic buildings across the state. Town halls, municipal buildings, churches, historical societies, granges and many other kinds of buildings have been funded.

Range: Up to $15,000

Eligibility: Municipalities and non-profit organizations

Deadline: October 6, 2008

Contact: Devin Colman, Division of Historic Preservation, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620

Phone: 802-828-3043



Barn Grants

Summary: The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has a 50/50 matching grant program to assist owners of historic agricultural buildings (barns, corn cribs, sheds, grist mills, etc.).

Range: Up to $10,000

Eligibility: Owners of historic agricultural buildings, including those in private ownership.

Deadline: November 6, 2008

Contact: Nancy Boone, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620

Phone: 802-828-3045



Roadside Historic Site Markers

Summary: The dark green cast aluminum signs with gold lettering tell the traveling public of the contributions of Vermont in history and prehistory. There are more than 175 roadside historic site markers across Vermont, and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is giving priority to markers in the Lake Champlain region for 2008 and 2009. While the amount of text on a sign is limited, it can be in more than one language.

Eligibility: Applicants may be municipalities, organizations or interested citizens. The text for

existing markers can be found organized by town on the Division for Historic Preservation’s website.

Deadline for sign requests: none

Contact: John Dumville, Division for Historic Preservation, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620

Phone: 802-828-3051



The Preservation Trust of Vermont

Summary: The Preservation Trust of Vermont provides technical assistance, encouragement, and financial support for community-based historic preservation projects. Field Services are provided through a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Seed grants are available through the Preservation Trust’s Robert Sincerbeaux Fund, and implementation grants are also available through a variety of other partnerships.

Range: Various

Eligibility: Various

Deadline: Various

Contact: The Preservation Trust of Vermont, 104 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: 802-658-6647



Source: Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Last Updated at: September 18, 2008 11:37:43