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.

The application deadline for 2023 was June 30. Read the program guidelines.

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.

2022 Community Preservation Grant Winners

These organizations received $1,250 grants


Mattatuck Museum
This grant will be used to digitize interviews from the African American Oral History Project, which document the experiences of African Americans in Waterbury in the early-to-mid-twentieth century.


Presque Isle Air Museum
The grant will fund the creation and installation of a new World War II theme board documenting the involvement of Presque Isle in the defense of the nation, to be displayed in the new Presque Isle International Airport passenger terminal.


National Society of Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
This funding will contribute to the reinterpretation of the Martin House Farm in Swansea. Research will encompass the Wampanoag Tribe and the role of Swansea in King Phillip’s War, contributing to a narrative that will be integrated into an existing education program that all Swansea fifth graders experience at the site.

New Hampshire

Sandwich Historical Society
This grant will be used to fund an indigenous cultural anthropologist’s research into the collections of the historical society, which will illuminate the indigenous context of these creations in order to share them with the public.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Latino Arts (project pictured above)

The funding will be used to purchase recorders, headsets, and microphones that, along with discussion, debate, and practice, will help teach fellows how to record oral histories as part of the Latinx Oral Historians Program.


Vermont Granite Museum of Barre
The grant will help create a podcast detailing the life, death, and legacy of renowned immigrant sculptor Elias Corti. It will contextualize his contributions and experiences in the social struggles of the early-twentieth century, including the American labor movement, immigration, cultural identity, prejudice and discrimination, and politics.


Past Community Preservation Grant Winners

2021 Community Preservation Grants

2020 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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