Historic meeting houses, churches and libraries are among a list of community buildings across 17 Vermont towns receiving preservation grants in 2014. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently awarded matching grants totaling $257,404 to help restore and maintain Vermont’s historic buildings.
“Vermont’s architectural heritage is important not only to understanding our past, but to the current and future economic vitality of our state,” said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “Protecting and maintaining these historic buildings ensures that we honor our past as we look to the future. The efforts of this year’s grant recipients to preserve important civic community buildings demonstrates their commitment to a vibrant Vermont economy.”
Of the 50 applications submitted, approved grant projects range from roof replacements and steeple work, to structural and frame repairs, window restoration, and foundation and drainage improvements.
“This is a competitive grant program and as we do every year, we received many excellent applications for the preservation of architecturally and historically significant buildings that are essential to Vermont’s sense of place,” said Laura Trieschmann, Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer. “Vermont is fortunate to have so many people committed to preserving our landmark buildings for future generations.”
Established in 1986, the state-funded Historic Preservation Grant Program annually awards matching grants for building improvement projects that promote Vermont’s architectural and historical heritage. Since its inception, the program has granted nearly $4 million towards the preservation of more than 500 historic buildings. All properties are either listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, please visit: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/grants/historic_preservation
Media Contact: Caitlin Corkins, Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, 802-828-3047, firstname.lastname@example.org