Preservation Grants for Veterans’ Collections, Sites and Memorials


Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin and the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) are pleased to announce a new round of funding 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 provide state matching funds of up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost. Applicants can apply for up to $15,000.00 per project.

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 enhancing access to archival collections. Planning projects will also be considered.

Applicants are asked to submit a Letter of Intent by November 15, 2017 with full applications due January 15, 2018.

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