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January 26, 2015

Governor Shumlin Announces 18 State Historic Preservation Grants

Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently awarded 18 State Historic Preservation grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations for the rehabilitation of historic civic buildings, centerpieces in Vermont's landscape.

"Protecting historic buildings in our downtowns, village centers, and rural communities is critical to the preservation of our state's heritage and economy," said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development. "This year's awarding of $253,220 in matching grants demonstrates that historic preservation is an essential tool for community renewal, economic development, and job growth."

Grants are competitive and this year the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation reviewed 40 applications with funding requests totaling $1.8 million. Awarded projects include roof and foundation repairs, restoration of woodwork and windows, repointing and cleaning of brick and marble, and replacement of deteriorated siding and shingles. Grant recipients include the Old White Meeting House in South Hero, Peacham Congregational Church, Longfellow School, Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Abbott Memorial Library in South Pomfret, and the 1887 Taylor Park Fountain in St. Albans, among others. This year, grant funding will leverage approximately $880,000 in other funding.

"This competitive grant program is crucial to the preservation of architecturally and historically significant buildings, which are the timeless landmarks of Vermont's landscape," said Laura V. Trieschmann, Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer. "We applaud the Vermonters who recognize the importance of these civic resources and their commitment to historic preservation. It is vital to create these partnerships to preserve Vermont's historic assets, which represent our past and ensure our future."

Established in 1986, the state-funded Historic Preservation Grant Program annually awards matching grants for building improvement projects that promote Vermont's architectural and historical heritage. Since its inception, the program has granted over $4.5 million towards the preservation of more than 550 historic buildings. All properties are either listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The work must conform to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

For more information, please visit: http://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accd/files/Documents/strongcommunities/historic/FY2015_HP_Grant_Awards.pdf

Contact: Caitlin Corkins, Vermont Division of Historic Preservation; 802-828-3047; caitlin.corkins@state.vt.us; http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: January 26, 2015 08:21:58