Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC)
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.
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:
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.
GrantWatch ID#: 126505
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.
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.
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 staff at (617) 727-8470 or by email.
National Register projects: Betsy Friedberg, Director, National Register Program (email@example.com)
Preservation planning projects: Christopher Skelly, Director, Local Governments Program (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Survey projects: Peter Stott, Preservation Planner, (email@example.com)
General questions: Michael Steinitz, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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