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Rhode Island Matching Grants for Historic Preservation

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


Are you a non-profit organization that utilizes or maintains an old or historic building? If you are planning on completing a preservation project, you may be eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in matching funds. 

The 2024 grant cycle is closed. Look for an announcement on the 2025 matching grant program in fall 2024.

Funding is provided for the following types of projects:

  • Exterior painting, finishes and surface restoration

  • Install or upgrade fire detection, lightning protection, and security systems

  • Repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs, and windows

  • Structural foundation and sill repair/replacement

  • Chimney and masonry repointing

Click here to read the full grant announcement. Information sessions are available upon request. 


Please note that active schools and churches do not qualify. If you have any questions about the program or eligibility, please contact for more information.

2023 Grant Awardees

In 2023, Preserve Rhode Island (Preserve RI), partnering for a fourth year with The 1772 Foundation, awarded one-for-one matching grants totaling $125,000 to 16 nonprofit organizations maintaining historic buildings in Rhode Island. The grants ranged in amounts from $3,000 to the grant maximum of $10,000. Grants were provided for exterior repair and restoration, including painting, surface restoration, chimneys, roofs, windows, foundations and sills, masonry repointing, and installation of fire/security systems.  Please see this year's recipients below:

2022 Awardees

In 2022, Preserve RI and The 1772 Foundation administered grants to fourteen organizations whose projects play a crucial role in protecting and stabilizing important historic resources in Rhode Island. All projects are listed below.

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