Community Preservation Grants

Honoring organizations in every New England state

The Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund Community Preservation Grant Program provides grants of $1,000 each to a small to mid-sized heritage organization in each of the six New England states.

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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.

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.

Sandy Island Archives grant presentation

Pictured: Carissa Demore, Historic New England’s team leader for preservation services, presents a 2017 grant for the Sandy Island Archives im Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.


2018 Community Preservation Grant Winners

These organizations received $1,000 grants

Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust in Mansfield, Connecticut, for repairs to c. 1750 stone Gurleyville Grist Mill following condition assessment completed for long term preservation.

Frances Perkins Center in Damariscotta, Maine, for two timeline exhibition panels to chronical the accomplishments, challenges, and inspirational life of our first woman US cabinet member.

Sudbury Historical Society in Sudbury, Massachusetts, for a professional archivist to plan rehousing of archival collections and purchase of proper storage equipment as part of move to new Sudbury History Center.

Brentwood Historical Society in Brentwood, New Hampshire, to support the purchase of Past Perfect cataloguing program to create a first-time database of all artifacts, documents, journals, and materials to improve public access and use.

Providence Preservation Society in Providence, Rhode Island, to digitize 2,000 slide images taken city-wide during the 1950s to 1970s to create an accessible resource for researching the historic buildings of Providence.

Milton Historical Society in Milton, Vermont, to install 232 feet of board fencing to complete acquisition requirements for the General Stannard House, home of Civil War general who was a hero at Pickett’s Charge.


Past Community Preservation Grant Winners

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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