Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC)
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, agencies, historical commissions, and educational institutions to protect historic sites and buildings throughout the State. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support efforts to identify and plan for the protection of the significant historic buildings, structures, archaeological sites, and landscapes of the Commonwealth.
to support historic preservation planning activities in communities throughout the state.
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:
For information on eligible projects that will be funding priorities for FY 2021, see https://www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcpdf/Guidelines_for_Applicants_and_Pre-application_form.pdf#page=1.
GrantWatch ID#: 126505
Grant requests should be for no less than $7,500 for a minimum total project cost of $15,000. Community-wide or targeted 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.
Projects must be from 6-12 months in duration and should be able to start administratively around July 2021. Consultant projects should be scheduled to begin work September 2021 following an open procurement process. Project work must be completed by June 30, 2022.
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:
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 the Commission by email, as MHC staff are
working mostly on a remote basis at this time. Send an email to schedule a phone conversation.
- National Register projects: Betsy Friedberg, Director, National Register Program (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Preservation planning projects: Christopher Skelly, Director, Local Governments Program (email@example.com)
- Survey projects: Peter Stott, Preservation Planner, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- General questions: Michael Steinitz, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, (email@example.com)
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