The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission recently awarded $59,300 in grants to seven local historic-preservation programs.
Recipients in Bristol, Cumberland, East Providence, Hopkinton, Newport, and Pawtucket will receive support for a wide variety of local preservation activities.
“The work carried out by municipal historical preservation programs is very important to our statewide preservation efforts, said commission Executive Director Edward F. Sanderson. “These grant awards are an acknowledgement of the commitment which these communities have made to protect their historic resources.”
The awards include:
$10,000 to the town of Bristol to hire a preservation architect and engineering consultant to assess and prepare a report on two vacant town-owned structures on Thames Street in the Bristol Waterfront National Register Historic District.
$7,000 to the town of Cumberland to prepare a master plan for Metcalf-Franklin Farm, a historic town-owned farm.
$8,000 to the city of East Providence to hire a historian to prepare National Register nominations for the Elm Tree and Roseland Park plats, historic residential plats with about 74 buildings in the Riverside neighborhood and $5,000 to complete a mapping study of known sites from the colonial settlement of Bristol County from ca. 1636 to 1740.
$7,300 to the town of Hopkinton to host training workshops for members of local historic district commissions.
$8,000 to the city of Newport study how changes in the National Flood Insurance Program will affect Rhode Island’s historic coastal districts.
$4,000 to the city of Pawtucket to update the 1995 Pawtucket Mill Building Survey, and to make the information available to potential investors through expanded web pages on the city’s new website.
$10,000 set aside to fund the 2015 Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference.
The grants are part of the commission's Certified Local Government program and are funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service. The R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission awards and administers the grants.