Community Preservation Grants

Honoring organizations in every New England state

Historic New England provides grants of $1,000 each to a small to mid-sized heritage organization in each of the six New England states, consistent with our strategic agenda goals for regional focus, visibility, and heritage preservation.

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Preservation pioneer William Sumner Appleton believed that successful preservation of New England’s heritage would benefit from the creation of a regional organization supported by a large membership, and also believed in working closely with local and statewide organizations to achieve mutual preservation goals. Historic New England believes in being a regional partner for heritage organizations. Community Preservation Grants demonstrate our belief that collaboration among organizations devoted to preservation activities will strengthen all efforts and raise the visibility and importance of preservation throughout New England.


2017 Community Preservation Grant Winners

These organizations received $1,000 grants

James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut, to inventory, catalogue, and make accessible collections of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, located in his former home, which was named a National Historic Landmark in 2016 and is used for a writers’ residence program.

Museum L-A in Lewiston, Maine, to purchase flat file storage to protect collections of Bates Mills bedspread design original artwork, and make the designs more accessible for income-producing art projects that help support the museum.

Longmeadow Historical Society in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, to renovate an exhibition room at Storrs House Museum to feature the 1890-1920 story of the town, including images selected from 1,500 glass plate negatives taken by local photographer Paesiello Emerson.

Sandy Island Archives in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, to engage the Northeast Document Conservation Center to conserve and digitize two Olmsted Brothers 1938 landscape plans for Sandy Island Camp, located on a Lake Winnipesaukee island and the oldest continuous YMCA camp in the USA.

South County History Center in Kingston, Rhode Island, to expand archival storage to accommodate a threatened 35,000-image collection of photos taken locally by Narragansett Tribe member Kenneth T. Mars from the 1960s to 2011.

Essex Community Historical Society in Essex, Vermont, toward restoration of the National Register-listed Fort Ethan Allen Water Tower, built 1893, enabling the historical society to resume interpretation and public visits and bring renewed attention to the landmark.


Past Community Preservation Grant Winners

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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