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Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) Survey and Planning Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational
Institutions to Preserve the State's Historic Sites and Buildings

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State

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC)

LOI Date:

11/18/19

Deadline Date:

02/10/20

Description:

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Grants averaging between $10,000 and $20,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, local governments in eligible communities, government agencies, historical commissions, and educational institutions for preservation activities to protect the State's historic structures and landscapes. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support property nomination to the historical national registry, cultural resource inventories, preservation plans, and publications.

Eligible Activities

As the State Historic Preservation Office, the Massachusetts Historical Commission is responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. The Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Offices, to grant funds to communities and private non-profit organizations for a wide range of preservation-related activities. These include:

  • Completion of cultural resource inventories;
  • Nomination of significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Completion of community-wide preservation plans; and
  • Other types of studies, reports, publications and projects that relate to the identification and protection of significant historic properties and sites.

The goal of the Survey and Planning Grant program is to support efforts to identify and plan for the protection of the significant historic buildings, structures, archaeological sites and landscapes of the Commonwealth.

Please see the Guidelines for Survey and Planning Applicants for more information on eligible projects.

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcpdf/Guidelines_for_Applicants_and_Pre-application_form.pdf

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126505

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests should be for no less than $7,500 for a minimum total project cost of $15,000. Community-wide survey grant requests should be for no less than $12,500 for a minimum total project cost of $25,000. There is no maximum amount; however, most awards will likely be between $10,000 and $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be from 6-12 months in duration and should be able to start administratively around July 2020. Consultant projects should be scheduled to begin work September 2020 following an open procurement process. Project work must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants for FY 2020 Survey and Planning Grant funding are:
- Local historical commissions created under M.G.L., Chapter 40 sec. 8(d);
- Historic district commissions or study committees;
- City and town planning offices and boards or community development offices;
- Regional planning agencies and state agencies;
- Educational institutions;
- Certified Local Governments of Boston, Bedford, Brookline, Danvers, Eastham, Easton, Falmouth, Framingham, Gloucester, Grafton, Hingham, Holyoke, Lexington, Lowell, Marblehead, Medfield, Medford, Methuen, New Bedford, Newton, Plymouth, Quincy, Salem, Somerville, and Worcester;
- Private non-profit organizations.

All applicants must be able to meet deadlines, monitor project work, and have a financial system that meets federal standards. If the applicant is not the local historical commission, the comments of the local historical commission will be required if the applicant is invited to submit a full proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed project with MHC staff prior to submitting a pre-application.

Application Procedures:
The original copy of the letter of intent to apply for funds must be received by the MHC office by 5 p.m., Monday, November 18, 2019. No faxed or emailed applications are accepted.

Selection Process:
MHC staff and a subcommittee of the full Commission will evaluate pre- and full applications and proposals. The Commission will invite full S&P applications at its December 11, 2019 Commission meeting. The full application will be due by February 10, 2020. Grant awards will be made at the March 11, 2020 Commission meeting. All MHC monthly meetings are open to the public.

Application Process
Fiscal Year 2020
- Pre-application (letter of intent) deadline: November 18, 2019
- Invitations for full applications issued: December 11, 2019
- Full application deadline: February 10, 2020
- Award selection: March 11, 2020
- Project end date: June 30, 2021

Survey and Planning grants are reimbursement grants. The grant recipient must first expend the total project cost. Upon approval and acceptance of final products and submission of a satisfactory project completion report (which includes financial documentation for the total project cost), the recipient will be reimbursed for 50% of eligible project costs up to the amount of the grant allocation. No partial reimbursements prior to completion of the project will be considered. A grant recipient therefore must have sufficient funds available to cover the entire cost of the project prior to reimbursement. Matching-share funds must be in place when a grant award is made.

Note that no project-paid consultants can be pre-selected by the applicant. Federal and state regulations require an open selection process. The applicant, if selected for funding, will receive further instructions on procurement procedures. Potential consultants should play no role in shaping applications.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters/Proposals should be addressed to:

Michael Steinitz
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Massachusetts Historical Commission
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125

If you have any questions on a potential project scope of work, please contact staff at (617) 727-8470 or by email.
National Register projects: Betsy Friedberg, Director, National Register Program (betsy.friedberg@sec.state.ma.us)
Preservation planning projects: Christopher Skelly, Director, Local Governments Program (christopher.skelly@sec.state.ma.us)
Survey projects: Peter Stott, Preservation Planner, (peter.stott@sec.state.ma.us)
General questions: Michael Steinitz, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, (michael.steinitz@sec.state.ma.us)

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