Preservation Grants for Veterans’ Collections, Sites and Memorials

The Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) announces that beginning September 19th they are accepting applications for matching grants to preserve objects, sites, and document collections that are significant to the history and experiences of military veterans in the Commonwealth.

The program is an extension of the grants awarded by the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War. During two rounds of funding this Commission awarded over $265,000 in matching funds to 58 projects across the Commonwealth.

The program is open to Massachusetts municipalities and non-profit organizations, such as libraries, historical societies and commissions, museums, and universities. Grants provides state matching funds of up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost, but not exceeding $7,500 for applications from single institutions or $10,000 for applications from multiple institutions for collaborative projects.  Eligible projects may include the renovation, rehabilitation, restoration, or enhancement of existing monuments or memorials relevant to the military encounters and veterans.  Proposals to construct new markers for historically significant sites will also be considered.  Eligible projects also include preservation or digitization of historic documents and archival collections. Planning projects will also be considered.

The application period begins September 19, 2016 and ends on December 31, 2016.