Community Preservation Grants

Honoring organizations in every New England state

Historic New England annually awards grants to one small to medium-sized heritage organization in each New England state to support projects that save and share their communities’ diverse history and culture as part of telling the whole story of New England. In 2021, six Community Preservation Grants of $1,250 each were awarded.

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The application for 2022 Community Preservation Grants will be available in late summer.

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Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund for Community Preservation

The endowment fund that supports the Community Preservation Grants Program is named in honor of Herbert and Louise Whitney to recognize their deep appreciation and love of all things New England, in particular the Bishop family farm in North Woodstock, Connecticut.

A light-colored brick building with Greek-style columns on one section, and an A frame to the right. A banner on the A frame says, "Our community, our world, your museum."

2021 Community Preservation Grant Winners

These organizations received $1,250 grants

Norwich Historical Society
The historical society seeks to preserve, protect, and promote the rich history of the town of Norwich. The grant will be used to hire an intern to research Haitian connections to the c. 1750 Diah Manning House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Haitian Revolution the Manning family housed Haitian prisoner and refugee Jean-Pierre Boyer in their home from 1800 to 1801. Boyer went on to serve as President of the Republic of Haiti from 1818 to 1843.

Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity
Located in Bridgton, the museum promotes and preserves the life and legacy of painter and inventor Rufus Porter. The grant supports paint and plaster conservation work on parlor and entry at the c. 1790 Nathan Church House, one of Bridgton’s oldest surviving buildings and home to a collection of New England murals. This work is part of a long-range plan for the museum campus, a significant cultural and economic driver in this community.

Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts
The organization offers changing exhibitions and innovative programs to engage and enrich Lynn’s diverse population and has been eager to reconnect with the Khmer community. The grant supports the purchase of supplies and printing, marketing, and programming expenses for a collaborative exhibition with Khmer Identity, a platform honoring Khmer legacies and contemporary Khmer voices. Lynn has the third largest population of Cambodians in the U.S.

New Hampshire
Greenfield Historical Society
The historical society preserves the history of Greenfield by collecting, researching, and archiving written materials and artifacts that pertain to the town and its people. The grant funds the purchase of software to publish the first in a series of paperback books that bring the town’s history to life in a family-friendly, easy-to-read, illustrated format. The book will tell stories of Greenfield’s colorful heritage and its famous and infamous residents. In addition, video interviews of residents will provide firsthand accounts to complement the publications.

Rhode Island
Foster Preservation Society
The preservation society has worked for years to restore the Winsor Blacksmith Shop and preserve the many artifacts there. This grant supports repairs to the roof. The shop contains numerous artifacts showcasing the blacksmith’s many products including an unusual sling that supported oxen while affixing shoes to their hooves (unlike horses, oxen cannot stand on three feet). The fully operational shop is open to the public several times throughout the year.

Bennington Museum (pictured above)
Bennington Museum is a museum of art, history, and innovation for Southern Vermont and nearby regions. The grant supports research, plaque installation, curriculum development, and related expenses to engage the community and partner with public schools on the Stopping Stones project. Stopping Stones is committed to positively and permanently affecting the lives of descendants of enslaved Americans. The historical reparations endeavor brings attention to the people and places affected by slavery.

Past Community Preservation Grant Winners

2021 Community Preservation Grants

2019 Community Preservation Grants

2018 Community Preservation Grants

2017 Community Preservation Grants

2016 Community Preservation Grants

2015 Community Preservation Grants

2014 Community Preservation Grants

2013 Community Preservation Grants

2012 Community Preservation Grants

2011 Community Preservation Grants

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