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May 17, 2022

24 Maine nonprofits to share $125K in historic preservation grants

Museum building exterior PHOTO / BRAD MILLER The Wilson Museum in Castine is one of 24 historic preservation grant recipients announced by Maine Preservation on Monday.

Twenty-four Maine profits, from the Fifth Maine Regiment on Peaks Island to Augusta's First Amendment Museum, will share $125,000 in historic preservation grants announced on Monday.

The one-for-one-matching grants were awarded by Maine Preservation, a Yarmouth-based nonprofit, in partnership with The 1772 Foundation, a historic nonprofit organization based in Pomfret, Conn., that promotes historic properties redevelopment programs.

Maine Preservation has an annual budget of $500,000.

Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000 each, to cover a range of expenses including painting, surface restoration, chimneys, porches, roofs, windows, foundations and sills, masonry, repointing and installation of fire/security systems. Projects were evaluated by Maine Preservation staff, who also will administer the grants.

Each grantee was required to have matching funds for its project.  

"Maine Preservation is honored to partner with The 1772 Foundation to deliver support to nonprofit organizations that seek to update and preserve the historic buildings central to their missions,” said Tara Kelly, executive director of Maine Preservation.

“These landmarks are integral to the cultural fabric and economic vitality of communities across Maine. We are pleased to help the organizations stewarding these sites so that they may continue to offer key services to Mainers. We are grateful to The 1772 Foundation for supplementing the limited in-state grant funding currently available to support preservation efforts."  

Full list of grant recipients

  • Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Foundation, Greene 
  • Bearnstow, Mt. Vernon
  • Chebeague Island Historical Society, Chebeague Island
  • Educational Bureau of Ocean Park, Ocean Park
  • Farmington Historical Society, Farmington
  • Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island
  • First Amendment Museum, Augusta
  • Friends of First Congregational Church of East Machias
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley
  • Friends of the Greenville Depot, Greenville
  • Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
  • Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
  • Monson Historical Society, Monson
  • Old Berwick Historical Society, South Berwick
  • Old Bristol Historical Society, Bristol
  • Phippsburg Historical Society 
  • Poland Springs Preservation Society
  • Readfield Union Meeting House Corp. 
  • Swan’s Island Historical Society 
  • Tate House Museum, Portland
  • The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum. Rockland
  • United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake Inc., New Gloucester
  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells
  • Wilson Museum, Castine

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