Rhode Island Matching Grants for Historic Preservation

A partnership between Preserve Rhode Island and The 1772 Foundation to provide funding for historic preservation projects to non-profit organizations 

We are excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with The 1772 Foundation for a 2021 grant round. Funding in the form of 1:1 matching grants of up to $10,000 will be available to non-profit organizations completing historic preservation projects on building exteriors. The deadline has passed for the Letters of Inquiry, but applicants may still view the announcement which includes the full timeline here.

2020 Projects

In the most recent grant round, Preserve RI and The 1772 Foundation administered grants to twelve organizations whose projects will play a crucial role in protecting and stabilizing important historic resources in Rhode Island. All projects and their descriptions are listed below. 

Middletown, RI

Norman Bird Sanctuary's grant from The 1772 Foundation has been used to rehabilitate a cabana built in 1938 that once sat with several others of the same style on the Third Beach dunes in Middletown. These vernacular structures were removed in 2004 for habitat and dune protection. This is one of the last cabanas remaining intact,. The completed renovation has given new life to the cabana as a garden storage space for the Good Gardens Program..

To learn more about the restoration effort please visit Norman Bird Sanctuary's Cabana Restoration page

The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s grant is for the restoration of the upper level of the Executive Porch. This is an original feature of the McKim, Mead & White designed Newport Casino complex built in 1880. The porch has been closed for over a year due to deteriorating beams and balustrades and water damage to the decking.

N. Kingstown, RI

The Cocumscussoc Association’s grant is for roof and gutter replacement on the Smith’s Castle Annex, a secondary building to the “castle” famous as the former home of English settler Richard Smith. The roof is more than 30 years old, and the defective gutters have caused damage to the building’s clapboards. This project will help protect both the building and the archival resources documenting the indigenous people who lived on the coastal site.

The Block Island Historical Society (BIHS)’s grant is for restoration of the Woonsocket House cupola. In exchange for the breathtaking views it offers, this iconic cupola takes the brunt of harsh storms every year. While it has held up impressively, the restoration of its original features will keep it sturdy for years to come.

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS)’s grant is for the in-kind replacement of the roofing system at the Old Brick School House. Built in 1769, it is one of the oldest surviving structures in the US that served as a free, public school for African Americans. The roof has needed replacement for several years due to biological growth on the shingles and active leaks within the building.

The Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC)’s grant is for the restoration of storm windows at Château-sur-Mer, a High Victorian Gothic mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. PSNC’s goal is to restore all storm windows in order to seal the building’s exterior from harsh coastal conditions. This will help in implementing a museum-level climate control system to protect the home’s rare surviving interiors, furnishings, and collections

Providence, RI

The Providence Athenaeum’s grant is for the repair, cleaning, and repointing of Richmond Fountain (1873). The fountain was among the first public drinking fountains in the US and was installed as part of the temperance movement. It was restored to functional use in 2018, but still requires some stabilization in order to prevent further deterioration.


Photo - Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)’s grant is for the replacement of granite panels and glass windows on the original ticket kiosk. Exposed directly to all weather conditions, the kiosk has experienced more significant deterioration than its identical twin on the interior. Crumbling granite at the base of the kiosk requires immediate attention and we hope its repair will reinstate this beautiful structure to its original grandeur.

The Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society’s grant is for the painting of exterior window trim and fencing at the Paine House Museum in Coventry. Located right off the Coventry Greenway trail and bike path, this home is a prominent feature in Coventry’s local history. Thorough painting will help make the wood more durable and protect recent repairs.

Providence, RI

The 134 Collaborative’s grant is for major upgrades to the security system at the Mathewson Street Church in downtown Providence. The collaborative is made up of partners who provide many social services to the community in this building 7 days a week.  Given the public access, the safety of staff, vendors, volunteers, and community members using services in the building is the utmost concern.  The security system also protects the building from a preservation standpoint by monitoring activity and access, thus protecting the building from damage.

Providence, RI

WaterFire's grant is for cleaning, repointing, and caulking brick and stone masonry at the WaterFire Arts Center. This former warehouse building was part of the US Rubber Company Mill Complex and is one of the few industrial buildings of its size and from the early twentieth century still in service in Rhode Island. Securing joints ensures the integrity of the brick on the building, allowing WaterFire to continue hosting events and exhibitions without risk of water damage to equipment and materials.

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF)’s grant is for the restoration of three original windows and accompanying custom storm windows at the Whitehorne House Museum. The two identical large arched windows and one round window are the only original windows remaining in the house. All others were replaced in the 1990s, making these 3 rare remnants of the building’s historic fabric.

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