Civil War Preservation Grant Opportuniy

The program, a partnership of the Sesquicentennial Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, is now in its second cycle. Earlier this year, the Commission awarded over $91,000 in matching funds to 24 projects across the Commonwealth.

HEDLUND ANNOUNCES

CIVIL WAR PRESERVATION GRANT OPPORTUNITY

 State Senator Robert L. Hedlund announces the availability of matching funds for the preservation of historic objects, sites, and document collections that are significant to the history of the Civil War. The Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the Civil War is accepting applications until April 1, 2014.

“This is a great opportunity for towns and non-profits to preserve items and sites from one of the most important periods in American history. The Civil War played a major role in shaping our national identity and it is important we be able to share its stories with posterity,” said Hedlund. “I encourage the towns of the South Shore to seriously consider applying for these grants funds so that we may continue to remember the Civil War era for years to come.”

The program, a partnership of the Sesquicentennial Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, is now in its second cycle.  Earlier this year, the Commission awarded over $91,000 in matching funds to 24 projects across the Commonwealth.

“The preservation aspect of this program is just one more example of how Massachusetts is preserving the past for future generations,” said Robert von Wolfgang, Commission Chair.  “It also clearly serves as a reminder that the Civil War is a lot closer in time than most people think.”

Stan Rosenberg, State Senate Majority Leader and appointee to the Commission, commented “I’m honored to have a small role in helping to preserve pieces of history that have become neglected or forgotten. Some towns have veterans’ memorials which have eroded from exposure to the elements.  These grants are a small incentive for communities to take action and to once again recognize and remember their citizens’ roles in the Civil War.”

The program is open to Massachusetts municipalities and non-profit organizations and provides state matching funds of up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost, but not exceeding $7,500.  Eligible projects may include the renovation, rehabilitation, restoration, or enhancement of existing monuments or memorials relevant to the Civil War and Civil War veterans.  Proposals to construct new markers for historically significant sites will also be considered.  Also, eligibility was recently expanded to include preservation or digitization of historic documents. This will encompass local libraries and towns which may own or seek to acquire documents relevant to the Civil War such as archived records, or letters which may require restoration or digital archiving.

The rolling application period began January 1, 2014 and ends on April 1, 2014.

Application materials may be found on the Sesquicentennial Commission’s website: www.MA150.org/civil-war-preservation-grants

 

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