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.

The 2020 application will be live in July. Join our mailing list and check the box for Community Preservation Grants to receive an email notification.

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.

2017 award presentation for Vermont Community Preservation Grant

2019 Community Preservation Grant Winners

These organizations received $1,000 grants

Manchester Historical Society in Manchester, Connecticut, to digitize and make searchable by the public 387 rolls of microfilm from the South Manchester News and Manchester Evening Herald, 1882-1991.

Center for Painted Wall Preservation in Hallowell, Maine, to support the April 2020 Conserving the Painted Past symposium on care and conservation of historic painted walls found across New England.

Danvers Historical Society in Danvers, Massachusetts, for window restoration on the Derby Summer House, at Glen Magna estate, designed by Samuel McIntire, to return the structure to public use.

Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, New Hampshire, for the installation of fifteen transparent ultra-violet light filtering window shades to protect collections at Wyman Tavern Museum.

Borders Farm Preservation, Inc. in Foster, Rhode Island, for a fireproof file cabinet to enable historical materials to be properly cared for and made available for public access at the historic working farm.

Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, to support consultant work by a retired long-time staff member to complete a furniture research report and to organize collection information for access and use.

Past Community Preservation Grant Winners

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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