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Since 2020, Preservation Massachusetts has worked in partnership with The 1772 Foundation, on this source of grant funding for historic buildings in Massachusetts. The Historic Preservation Matching Grant Program is a 1:1 matching grant of up to $10,000 for exterior work on historic properties owned or leased by non-profit organizations. $125,000 will be available in the upcoming 2023 grant round.
About the Grant
Who Can Apply? Only 501(c)3 organizations who own or have a long-term lease on the historic property can apply for this grant. Active church congregations or schools are not eligible to apply, as per the foundation's criteria.
What Does the Grant Fund? Eligible projects are exterior only and must fall in the following categories. exterior painting, finishes and surface restoration, fire detection/lightning protection/security systems, repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs and windows, repairs to foundations and sills, and chimney and masonry repointing.
Who Oversees this Grant? This grant is administered and overseen by Preservation Massachusetts (PM). The 1772 Foundation provides the funding and has made up to $125,000 in available for the 2023 grant. Please direct questions about this grant to us.
PM is very grateful to The 1772 Foundation for its generous support of historic preservation and its recognition that small brick and mortar grants can go a long way toward ensuring these historic assets remain intact and in use for years to come. Learn more about The 1772 Foundation here.
2023 Grant Round
The 2023 grant round will open on September 1, 2022 with our Letter of Inquiry phase, requesting up to $10,000 in funding for qualified exterior work. Letters of Inquiry are due December 1, 2022 at 5 pm. Select applicants invited to submit a full application will be notified in early January, 2023. The full application will be due in late February, 2023. Please check back for more detailed information on timelines and dates.
Grant Criteria, FAQ's and Letter of Inquiry Information
Please click here for more information on the letter of inquiry process and helpful hints. Please note that only non-profit organizations can apply and active schools and houses of worship are not eligible for funding.
2022 Grant Recipients Announced
PM is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 matching historic preservation grants for Massachusetts. Fifteen diverse projects from across the Commonwealth were selected to receive funds of up to $10,000 each for exterior projects on their historic properties. This program reinforces the great needs that our many historic buildings have and the amount of work the organizations responsible for them undertake. The work they do today ensures these important parts of our history and community remain for the future. Learn more about the 2022 Grant recipients below!
Alden Kindred of America
$7,000 for Window Repair and Restoration at the Alden House (c.1627)