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Updated: May 16, 2024

21 Maine nonprofits to share $126K in historic preservation grants

Barm exterior Photo / Courtesy, Falmouth Land Trust The Falmouth Land Trust received a Maine Preservation grant to restore a 100-year-old barn used by Cultivating Community in its work with immigrant and refugee farmers.

Twenty-one Maine nonprofits will share $126,700 in historic preservation grants to repair and restore buildings used for housing, farming and other purposes.

Grants of $1,750 to $10,000 each were awarded by Maine Preservation, a Yarmouth nonprofit, in partnership with the 1772 Foundation, a Connecticut-based organization that promotes redevelopment of historic properties.

Each grantee was required to have matching funds for its project. Grants will be used to cover exterior repair and restoration including painting, surface restoration, chimneys, porches, roofs, windows, foundations and sills, masonry repointing, and installation of fire and security systems. Projects were evaluated by Maine Preservation staff members, who will also administer the grants. 

Grant recipients include the Falmouth Land Trust, which was awarded $10,000 towards the restoration of a 100-year-old barn at Hurricane Valley Farm, leased by Cultivating Community in its work with immigrant and refugee farmers.

Concord, N.H.-based Northern Forest Center will also receive $10,000 for project to transform Bethel’s historic Gehring House into a livable dwelling with eight high-quality apartments designed to be affordable to local residents.

house frontal view
Photo / Courtesy, Maine Preservation
Bethel's historic Gehring House is being redeveloped by the Northern Forest Center into middle-market housing for the community.

"Maine Preservation is honored to partner with The 1772 Foundation to deliver much-needed support for historic buildings that are integral to the fabric of communities across Maine," said Tara Kelly, executive director of Maine Preservation. 

“We are pleased to direct capital improvement funds to organizations for a full range of rehabilitation and long-term maintenance projects — from critical sill repair as part of adapting a building for workforce housing in Bethel to re-roofing a barn that supports the production of culturally relevant food for immigrant and refugee populations in Southern Maine,” she noted.

“The 1772 Foundation funds supplement the limited in-state grant resources currently available to support preservation efforts in Maine,” Kelly added.

Full list of grant recipients

  • Brooks Historical Society (Brooks) 
  • Falmouth Land Trust (Falmouth) 
  • Frances Perkins Center (Newcastle) 
  • Gayety Theatre Project (Van Buren) 
  • Greenville Junction Depot Friends (Greenville) 
  • Indian River Community Association (Addison) 
  • Maine MILL (Lewiston) 
  • Northern Forest Center (Bethel) 
  • Old Bristol Historical Society (Bristol) 
  • Oxford Historical Society (Oxford) 
  • Patten Historical Society (Patten) 
  • Poland Spring Preservation Society (Poland) 
  • St. Albans Maine Historical Society (St. Albans) 
  • The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit (Wells) 
  • The Waldo Theatre (Waldoboro) 
  • Vassalboro Historical Society (North Vassalboro) 
  • Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead (Hallowell) 
  • Victoria Mansion (Portland) 
  • Wilhelm Reich Museum (Rangeley) 
  • Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. (Bath)
  • Walpole Union Chapel Museum (Walpole)

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