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Vote YES on Question 6

Support Rhode Island’s historic places by voting “YES” at the special election on March 2nd. The deadline to request a mail ballot is Tue, Feb 9th. The in-person voting period runs Feb 10 - Mar 1.

A YES vote on Question 6 will bring renewed funding to two grant programs with long track records of investing in Rhode Island’s historic buildings: State Preservation Grants ($1 Million) and Cultural Facilities Grants ($2 Million). State Preservation Grants provide matching funds to repair historic buildings owned by nonprofits or municipalities and open to the public. Cultural Facilities Grants are for capital improvements to buildings used for programming or exhibition of any of the arts and cultural disciplines. Both grant programs are currently out of funds.

A YES vote will reinvigorate these competitively awarded matching grant programs. For more information about Question 6 and other state bond referenda questions, click here.

Rhode Island Historic Tax Credits


Rhode Island’s State Historic Tax Credits have been approved for a one-year extension. Scheduled to “sunset” on June 30, 2020, State Representative Christopher R. Blazejewski and Senate Finance Chair William J Conley, Jr. led the effort in the General Assembly to extend the program which Governor Raimondo signed into law as a part of the Supplemental Budget Bill. While advocates of the program had hoped to eliminate all sunset provisions, we’re relieved that the program remains alive. Preserve Rhode Island joined with Grow Smart Rhode Island and others to back the program, submitting testimony to the House and Senate Finance Committees. Funding for State Historic Tax Credits has not been renewed since 2013, stalling the approval of new projects. Nevertheless, keeping the program intact is an important victory. A model economic development program, State Historic Tax Credits have an impressive track record of prompting more than $1.8 Billion in private investment since its 2002 inception while rehabilitating more than 300 historic properties across the state. Now extended for another year, State Historic Tax Credits will be a part of Rhode Island’s economic recovery.

Advocacy in Action

Governor Proposes $1 Million in State Preservation Grants

Governor Raimondo’s proposed budget for 2021 includes $6.0 million for Arts and Historic Infrastructure as part of the “Housing and Infrastructure” bond to support capital projects in historic preservation and the arts, including:

  • $1.0 million to the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) for capital improvement grants to historic properties.

  • $1.0 million to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) for capital improvement grants to non-profit cultural organizations.

  • $2.5 million to Trinity Repertory Company for capital improvements to their campus in DownCity Providence.

  • $1.5 million to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School for capital improvements to their campus in East Providence.


This recommendation for funding is urgent since both State Preservation Grants and RISCA Cultural Facilities Grants have exhausted their funding.  If the General Assembly approves, the question whether to adopt the Housing and Infrastructure bond will be put to the voters on the November Ballot.


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Action needed: Contact your Representatives and Senators urging the approval of the Housing and Infrastructure bond.


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