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2020 Partnership Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, IHEs, and Public Agencies
for Historic and Cultural Preservation in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Essex National Heritage Commission

Deadline Date:

02/21/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of $2,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, public IHEs, state governments, and public entities to support the preservation and enhancement of historic, cultural and natural resources in eligible regions. Projects may be in the areas of education, interpretation, and preservation. All projects must occur within the geographic boundaries of the Essex National Heritage Area.

Qualified project must:

  • Occur within the geographic boundaries of the heritage area (Essex County, MA)
  • Align with one of the three approved categories below

Education: Create or further develop educational opportunities for youth.

  • Examples include but are not limited to historical research projects, after-school programs, natural science programs, building research and site visits, documenting oral histories and developing computer-based resources.

Interpretation: Increase awareness and understanding of the region’s heritage.

  • Examples include but are not limited to signage, brochures, maps, exhibits, public art installations, performance arts, and audio-visual programs.

Preservation: Preserve or enhance historic structures, landscapes and cultural resources.

  • Examples include but are not limited to preservation planning studies (historic resource inventory, historic structure report, structural assessment, paint analysis, historic landscape documentation and design), exterior and interior rehabilitation or restoration (cladding, roofs, windows, masonry, paint, floors, wall coverings, decorative elements), and historic landscape restoration (fences, walls, plant material, installation).

2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In recognition thereof, special consideration will also be given to projects focusing on suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment as it relates to heritage in Essex County.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151491

Number of Grants:

In 2020, Essex Heritage will award $2,000 matching grants to 12 qualified applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- A single, one-time reimbursement payment of $2,000 will be made to the grant recipient.
- Partnership grants are matching grants and require that proponents provide a minimum of 50% of the total project cost. Therefore the total cost of the project must be at least $4,000

Term of Contract:

All matching funds must be applied to the project after the date of contract signature by the grant recipient and between July1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified applicants must be:
- Public entity (municipality, state government, or public institution of higher learning).
or a
- Non-profit organization as evidenced by IRS non-profit determination letter [501(c)(3) only].

- Grant funds are NOT available for operational costs or to purchase ownership interest in a resource.
- Organizations or public entities with an open Essex Heritage Partnership Grant may NOT apply.

Additionally, applicants:
- Must not apply more than once in the same grant cycle
- Must not apply if they received a 2019 Partnership Grant
- Must not apply if they have an open or uncompleted Partnership Grant

Additionally, projects must not:
- Be used for organizational operating costs or to purchase an interest in real property.

*Note: For preservation projects involving the restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings or landscapes, or the development of plans (studies, plans, designs) to restore or rehabilitate historic structures or landscapes: The subject property must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. All proposed project work should conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties* (see URL below).

The project is subject to review in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act (36 CFR Part 800). If awarded a Partnership Grant in the Preservation category, the applicant is responsible for the preparation and submission of a Project Notification Form to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for review as stipulated by federal law. ** Essex Heritage is only able to execute grant contracts for preservation projects that have completed the Section 106 review process. Please refer to Guidance for Completing the Project Notification Form. ***


Pre-Application Information:

Essex Heritage will accept applications for eligible projects online only until Friday, February 21, 2020 (by 11:59 PM). All applicants will be notified by early March regarding the status of their application.

Partnership Grant Project and Disbursement Timeline:
- February 21, 2020: Deadline for submitting applications online only (by 11:59 PM)
- February 22 - March 8, 2020: Applications reviewed by Essex Heritage Grant Review Committee
- March 9, 2020: Essex Heritage notifies all applicants
- March 9 – April 1, 2020: Essex Heritage collects images for presentation in April
- April 9, 2020: Essex Heritage announces grant winners at Spring Annual Meeting
- May and June 2020: Grant contracts prepared and distributed, signed and returned
**Project related invoices will not be countable until after June 30, 2020 AND grant contract has been signed**
- July 1, 2020: Projects can begin from this date on
- June 30, 2021: Final report & fiscal documentation due to Essex Heritage.
**Funds will be disbursed only after final report and fiscal documentation have been submitted **

Matching Funds:
The Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program awards matching grants of federal funds on a reimbursable basis. Grant recipients must match all grant monies awarded on a One-to-One basis, with cash funds, in-kind contributions, or a combination. The total cost of the project must be at least $4,000.
Match Funding Requirement:
- Applicant must have sufficient funds on-hand to cover the entire cost of the project.
- Applicant must be able to provide evidence of applicant’s ability to provide one-to-one matching.

A single, one-time reimbursement payment of $2,000 will be made to the grant recipient only upon EssexHeritage’s receipt and approval of all deliverables, project completion reports, and required financial documentation.

Contact Information:

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

Register to Apply Online:

Charles Smith, Essex Heritage Program Manager
(978) 740-0444

Essex National Heritage Area
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
f 978-744-6473

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