State historic preservation and barn grants totaling $464,407.00 to help restore and repair historic buildings have been awarded to more than 30 organizations and individuals around the state.
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation today announced matching grant awards to 34 recipients at a Vermont State House ceremony. Projects located in eleven counties throughout Vermont were awarded grants this year.
Vermont’s historic architecture provides a visual record of life in Vermont over the past two hundred plus years and represents Vermont’s heritage to current and future generations. The preservation of our historic public buildings, churches, barns and agricultural buildings not only protects Vermont’s architectural legacy, it also generates jobs, supports independent businesses, increases civic participation, and bolsters a community’s sense of place while also enhancing the experience of visitors to our state interested in enjoying the beauty displayed in our built environment.
“Vermont’s architectural heritage is important not only to understanding our past, but to the current and future economic vitality of our state,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “Protecting these historic buildings ensures that we honor our past as we look to the future. The efforts of this year’s grant recipients to preserve important civic and agricultural structures demonstrates their commitment to a vibrant Vermont economy.”
Grant projects range from roof replacements and cupola and spire work, to structural and frame repairs, window restoration, and foundation and drainage improvements. Almost 75 applications were submitted this year.
“As we do every year, we received many excellent applications from across the state,” said Lawrence Miller, Secretary at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “Vermont is fortunate to have so many people who are committed to preserving our important civic and agricultural buildings for future generations.”
Established in 1986 and 1991 respectively, the state-funded Historic Preservation and Barn Preservation grant programs annually award matching grants for building improvement projects that promote the public enjoyment of Vermont’s agricultural heritage. Properties must be listed on or be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in Vermont.
For more information, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/grants.