Preserve R.I. seeks fall ‘mini-grant’ applicants

INDIVIDUALS and organizations pursuing historic preservation projects in Rhode Island have until Oct. 29 to apply for the Preserve R.I.-Citizens Bank Foundation mini-grants.  /
INDIVIDUALS and organizations pursuing historic preservation projects in Rhode Island have until Oct. 29 to apply for the Preserve R.I.-Citizens Bank Foundation mini-grants. /

PROVIDENCE – Preserve Rhode Island, the statewide historic preservation education and advocacy group, says the deadline is nearing for “mini-grants” to aid local historic preservation projects.
Individuals and organizations seeking support for projects across the state have until Oct. 29 to apply for the Preserve Rhode Island-Citizens Bank Foundation Mini-Grants.
The money may be used for historic preservation and planning fees, project designs, “emergency intervention” for historic properties, or the creation of preservation education projects. Professional fees training is ineligible, as are regular maintenance and repairs.
In the past eight years, the mini-grant program has provided nearly $58,000 in seed money for 61 projects across Rhode Island.
Spring 2007 recipients include: the North Smithfield Conservation Commission, a consultant fee for an archaeological survey of the town’s Nipsachuck Swamp area; the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, to help complete a National Register of Historic Places nomination for Paradise Farm; Tavern Hall Preservation Society in Kingston Village, to help conduct a preservation evaluation and develop a restoration plan for the Reynolds House; the Massasoit Historical Association, Warren, to help install an emergency tarpaulin over the deteriorating wood-shingle roof of the Maxwell House; the Providence Preservation Society, to help institute a Downcity Historic Marker Program identifying historically significant commercial buildings in the neighborhood; the Apponaug Area Improvement Association in Warwick, to help cover the cost of a preservation survey on a circa 1920 building that is part of the abandoned Apponaug Mill complex at the heart of the village.
Mini-grant guidelines and application information are available by visiting www.preserveri.org, e-mailing sprull@preserveri.org or calling 272-5101. Grants to nonprofits range from $300 to 1,000. A 100-percent match is required and must be in funds, not in kind.
Preserve Rhode Island, based in Providence, is a statewide nonprofit focusing on historic preservation education and advocacy. Additional information is available at www.preserveri.org.

The Citizens Bank Foundation is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Bank; it focuses on housing, community development and basic human needs. To learn more, visit www.thecitizensfoundation.org.

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