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Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund

Grants to Rhode Island Preservation and Historical
Societies for Historical Document Preservation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rhode Island Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/09/18 Midnight EST


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Grants ranging from $250 to $750 to Rhode Island historical and preservation societies for the preservation of historically significant documents in smaller towns and cities. Eligible projects involve the preservation of original historical documents, municipal records, and manuscripts dating from the 19th century and earlier.

Grants support direct conservation efforts for paper-based documents, photographs, and other two-dimensional historical evidence (excluding artwork). This can include restoration, preservation (including the purchase of containers or housing for documents), or to defray the costs associated with the acquisition of documents. Proposals that demonstrate concern about long-term storage issues or have planned document storage will be looked upon most favorably.

An advisory committee of conservationists will recommend documents suitable for consideration. Only documents created before 1900 will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177909

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $250 to $750.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All historical and preservation societies from the smaller cities and towns of Rhode Island are eligible to apply for an Ott grant.

Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are awarded annually. Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on March 9, 2018. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5:00 PM (EST).

Applications are available six weeks prior to the deadline; all applications must be submitted through the online system..

Applicants are encouraged to also look at the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund, to see if their project meets that fund’s similar requirements. Both funds have the deadline to apply of March 9, 2018. More information about the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kelly Riley, Donor Services Administrator
(401) 427-4028

Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island