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January 22, 2016

Governor Shumlin Announces 12 State Historic Preservation Grants

Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have awarded State Historic Preservation grants to 12 municipalities and non-profit organizations for the rehabilitation of historic buildings that are a vital part of Vermont's iconic character. This year's awarding of $199,367 in matching Historic Preservation grants is an essential tool for community renewal, economic development, and job growth.

"The communities and non-profit organizations seeking this competitive grant funding must be congratulated for their commitment to enhancing economic, educational, and cultural benefits through the preservation of these landmark buildings," said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Housing and Community Development. "These projects will leverage over $560,000 in additional investment and jobs."

Competition for grant funding is always extremely competitive. The Advisory Council reviewed 56 applications, one from every county in Vermont, with funding requests totaling $871,939. The grants will aid in the preservation of the Orleans County Grammar School in Brownington, Brandon United Methodist Church, Newfane Train Depot, Morrisville First Congregational Church, St. Joseph's Church in Burlington, and Park McCullough Carriage Barn in North Bennington, among others. Projects address failing roofs and structural systems, deteriorating foundations, and damaged historic sash and stained glass windows.

"Beyond bricks-and-mortar preservation, the Historic Preservation Grants enable local investment that increases awareness of our heritage, educates the public about historic resources, and provides the opportunity to plan for the future while recognizing the past," said Laura V. Trieschmann, Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer.

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 almost $5 million towards the preservation of more than 550 historic buildings. All properties are listed in or are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and work completed must conform to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

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Media Contact: Caitlin Corkins; Vermont Division of Historic Preservation; 802-828-3047;

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: January 22, 2016 14:23:31