Funding for Historic Preservation through the Preservation Trust of Vermont

Grantmaking is a key strategy for the Preservation Trust in our effort to support the historic preservation work being undertaken by local organizations and communities. The following programs are offered through the Preservation Trust. Please look at Other Funding Sources for more grants for preservation work.

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. johnsbury, VT
Photo by Sanders H. Milens

Robert Sincerbeaux Fund Grants
Matching grants up to $500 are available to municipalities and community organizations for hiring consultants to provide technical assistance for preservation projects. Eligible activities may include hiring a preservation architect or contractor to do a building condition assessment, organizational development, project planning, fundraising consultation, feasibility assessment, and other project development activities. Application is rolling and is initiated by contacting a Preservation Trust Field Service Representative. Please click here for more information or contact ann@ptvermont.org.

 

Preservation Grants in Partnership with the Freeman Foundation
A partnership of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Freeman Foundation, Preservation Grants are available to non-profit organizations and municipalities for rehabilitating historic buildings in the Northeast Kingdom. Eligible projects must have strong community support, as demonstrated by volunteer and fundraising efforts. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $35,000 and are offered 3 or 4 times a year. Contact the Preservation Trust to discuss your project or e-mail ptv@ptvermont.org. Click here to see a complete list of Preservation Grants awarded.

Ben Thresher's Mill, Caledonia, VTBen Thresher's Mill, Caledonia, VT
Photo by Sanders H. Milens

Barn Assessment Grants in Partnership with the Burlington Free Press Though a partnership with the Burlington Free Press and the Gannett Foundation, the Preservation Trust of Vermont has a grants program to help with condition assessments for historic barns. The planning grants are available to offset the cost of a qualified contractor to evaluate the condition of an historic barn and make recommendations for its care. The consultant will prepare a report that prioritizes repairs and gives rough cost estimates. The condition assessments cost $500, of which a grant from the Preservation Trust pays $350. ptv@ptvermont.org

National Trust for Historic Preservation Grants. The Preservation Trust’s Field Service Representatives Eric Gilbertson, Ann Cousins, and Meg Campbell (Bennington County) can provide more information about the National Trust programs and services, including grant opportunities. For more information, please contact a Field Service Representative, the National Trust Northeast Office at (617) 523-0885 or nero@nthp.org, or visit www.nationaltrust.org/funding/nonprofit.html#endowment

National Trust Preservation Fund
The National Trust Preservation Fund includes funds that provide two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: 1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and 2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies. Matching grant funds may be used to obtain professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, fund raising, organizational development and law as well as to provide preservation education activities to educate the public.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. Funds may be used for professional expertise, print and video communications materials, and education programs. Acquisition and construction/rehabilitation projects are ineligible.

Hart Family Fund for Small Towns
Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to assist small town preservation and revitalization initiatives around the country. Award may be used for community revitalization, feasibility studies for endangered buildings and sites, architectural planning, landscape research and planning, development of heritage education programs, and co-sponsorship of workshops or conferences.

Johanna Favrot Fund
The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place. Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. Funds may be used for professional advice, conferences, workshops and education programs.

National Trust Loan Funds
The National Trust Loan Fund (NTLF) has more than 35 years of experience in supporting preservation-based community development projects across the country. As a certified Community Development Financial Institution, it has a mission of providing financial and technical resources to organizations that use historic preservation to support the revitalization of underserved and distressed communities.

NTLF specializes in predevelopment, acquisition, mini-permanent, bridge and rehabilitation loans for residential, commercial and public use projects. Eligible borrowers include not-for-profit organizations, revitalization organizations or real estate developers working in certified Main Street communities, local, state or regional governments, and for profit developers of older and/or historic buildings.