Historic Preservation Matching Grant

Grant Requirements & Details

The 1772 Foundation, in partnership with Preservation Massachusetts, is providing 1:1 matching grants of up to $10,000 for the following historic preservation projects:  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. Projects must be exterior work only. 


To demonstrate the sustainability of historic sites, applicants may be required to submit a cyclical maintenance plan, condition assessment, restoration plan or stewardship plan that has been prepared or updated within the last five years. If an appropriate plan does not exist, the Foundation will consider providing support for development of a plan on a case-by-case basis.

We are extremely pleased to announce that funding for a 2021 grant has been provided by the 1772 Foundation! Please click here for the formal announcement and see below for important information and dates for this grant cycle. 

2021 Grant Cycle 

Important Dates

December 1, 2020 - Letter of Inquiry Due

February 26, 2021 - Full Applications Due

Early April, 2021 - Grant Awards Announced


Applicants must be a private 501(c)3 organization.  Towns and municipalities are not eligible to apply.  

The applicant must own the property or be engaged in a long term (ie: 99 year) lease. 

Applicant organizations must also disclose any previously awarded 1772 matching grants. 

Eligible projects include: 

·         Matching grants for exterior painting, finishes and surface restoration

·         Matching grants to install or upgrade fire detection, lightning protection and security systems

·         Matching grants for repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs and windows

·         Matching grants for structural foundation and sill repair/replacement

·         Matching grants for chimney and masonry repointing (exterior only)

Funding will not be considered for schools or churches.  Projects must be exterior only, no interior work will be considered.

Letter of Inquiry Requirements

The Letter of Inquiry period for the 2021grant round has ended. 

Grant FAQ's

The following are intended to cover general questions that applicants may pertaining to this grant program. We will update this section with more information as the grant cycle progresses. 

  • Who is eligible to apply for this grant?  Applicants must be a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization​.

  • What is this grant for? This grant focus is intended for historic buildings and to ensure that they remain in good condition and repair for the future.  Projects that pertain to other historic resources, such as fences, other property features, etc. are not encouraged to apply.

  • Who is the grant from? The grant is from the 1772 Foundation, in cooperation with Preservation Massachusetts. All questions related to the grant program and its administration in Massachusetts should be directed to our organization. 

  • Do we have to own the property we are applying for?  Yes, the applying organization must either own the property or have a long term lease for the property (such as a 99 year lease​).

  • What if we rent space in the property we wish to apply for grant funds for?  Renting space in a historic property does not qualify.

  • We want to apply for interior work, does that qualify? No.  All work must be exterior only.

  • What about funding for churches and schools? Active schools and churches are not eligible to apply. However, if a former church and or school is owned by an eligible non-profit and being used for a different purpose, those applications will be considered.

  • Does the property have to have a certain historic designation? The property must be included on the Massachusetts Register of Historic Places, which is published every year by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. If the property is listed on the National Register, or located within a local historic district, it is already included on the state register. If you are unsure if your property is on the state register, please contact the Massachusetts Historical Commission or your local historic commission. 

  • Do we need to have the matching funds in hand when submit a letter of inquiry?  We prefer that you have your matching funds already in hand by the time you submit a letter of inquiry.  If you are seeking another grant for the match, you must know the status of that grant by the LOI deadline (December 1, 2020).​ Consider this grant to be "the icing on the cake" to be in addition to funds you already had in place or committed. 

  • Is there a timeline when the funds should expect to be spent?  If your LOI and full application are successful, you will need to have expended the funds by December, 2021.

  • Can we apply for a project that is expected to be completed before the end of the LOI period?  No, the grant cannot be used to cover work that is already completed by the time the full application would be requested. 

  • I submitted an LOI, what happens now?  Upon receipt of your LOI, Preservation Massachusetts will contact the applicant with any questions that need clarification. 

  • When should I expect to hear about the status of the LOI?  Preservation Massachusetts expects to notify all LOI applicants by early January if they are invited to submit a full application.  Not all LOI's will result in an invitation for a full application.

  • What is the overall schedule of this grant program?  LOI's are due December 1 and those invited to the full application round will be contacted in early January. Full applications are due on February 26, 2021 and final award notifications will be sent in April after final approval by the 1772 Foundation. All grant funds must be expended by December, 2021. More questions pertaining to the full application process and follow up will be posted here as we continue our process. 

  • I have a question I don't see listed here, who should I contact?  Please email/call Erin Kelly with questions regarding this grant program, or 617-723-3383. 

Our thanks to the 1772 Foundation for the opportunity to bring much needed funding resources to assist in the preservation of historic buildings in Massachusetts. 

Questions? Please contact our office at 617-723-3383 x-102