Other Grant Sources

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There are many grants for preservation, education, collection, documentation, and planning available from other sources.

Discover dozens of grant opportunities by opening the boxes below:


Community Block Development Grants
These funds help communities carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

  • Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick and Woonsocket operate their own CDBG programs. Contact your municipal planning department.
  • Projects in other Rhode Island municipalities may apply for State Community Development Block Grants from the R.I. Office of Housing and Community Development 

Other municipal grant programs include:
Pawtucket Arts Grants | Providence ACT Project Funds | Providence's Dexter Donation | Warren Heritage Foundation Grants

The Roosa Fund
Grants for non-profit organizations that provide assistance, programs and/or services to support Block Island’s people and environment

Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust

charitable activities focused on the City of Newport and Aquidneck Island to enhance the quality of life in and to perpetuate community history

Bafflin Foundation

funds land preservation initiatives

Fidelity Foundation

support for long-term effectiveness of nonprofit institutions in and around Smithfield, Providence and northern Rhode Island. 

Horace A. and S. Ella Kimball Foundation

grants for a wide variety of causes with a focus on South County projects and institutions

June Rockwell Levy Foundation

support for projects and institutions in northern Rhode Island

Prince Charitable Trusts

support for programs that improve the quality of life for residents of the city of Newport and Aquidneck Island

van Beuren Charitable Foundation

promotes the community well being in Newport County through grants for local social and community services, historic preservation and land conservation.

Certified Local Government Program (RIHPHC/National Park Service)

grants for resource identification and planning, National Register nominations, public education, archaeological studies, building feasibility studies, and more

Champlin Foundation

grants for equipment, construction, renovations, purchase of real property, and reduction of mortgage indebtedness to tax exempt organizations

Felicia Fund, Inc. 

funds projects that relate to architecture, decorative art, historic preservation, conservation, and related educational pursuits

Ida Ballou Littlefield Memorial Trust

grants for museums

Rhode Island Council on the Humanities grant programs

grants for public humanities programs to individuals and established non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations

Rhode Island Foundation grant programs

numerous grant opportunities for Rhode Island people, places, and projects

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grant Programs

grants for artists, schools, and organizations to support arts and culture

Rhode Island Matching Grants for Historic Preservation (Preserve Rhode Island/1772 Foundation)

1:1 matching grants for nonprofits for bricks and mortar preservation projects

The Sachem Foundation

grants for nature conservation and for art and cultural programs

Historic New England Community Preservation Grants

annual grants for one small to medium-sized heritage organization in each New England state to support projects that save and share their communities’ diverse history and culture as part of telling the whole story of New England

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

grants to foster and give voice to community involvement in projects that address a wide range of environmental issues including: agriculture, land trusts, sprawl, sustainable communities, trails, and watershed management

New England Foundation for the Arts grants

several grant opportunities

1772 Foundation 

Grants for historic properties redevelopment programs

American Institute of Archaeology

grants that implement conservation, protection and/or monitoring of archaeological sites

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA grants "help many visionary organizations achieve their environmental goals"

Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

grants and scholarships for professional development, outreach to the public, and research and publication

Harrison Goodall Grant for Innovative Historic Preservation

supporting individual projects that undertake a focused pursuit that makes a meaningful contribution to the field of historic preservation and support the stewardship of historic resources

Historic Preservation Education Foundation

grants for Partners in Documentation and Partners in Training 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

federal grants for libraries, museums, collections, projects, professionals, and properties

James Marston Fitch Foundation

support for professionals in the field of historic preservation

National Endowment for the Arts

federal grants for individuals, communities, and innovative arts and culture projects

National Endowment for the Humanities

federal grants for public humanities projects

National Park Service

Many grants for preservation and heritage projects, including:

  • African American Civil Rights Grants
  • American Battlefield Protection Grants
  • History of Equal Rights Grants 
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants
  • Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants
  • Save America's Treasures Grants
  • Semiquincentennial Grants
  • Underrepresented Communities Grants

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Many grants for preservation projects, including:

  • Preservation Funds
  • African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
  • Battlefield Preservation Fund
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors
  • Emergency/Intervention Funding
  • Hart Family Fund for Small Towns
  • Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
  • Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund
  • Preserving Black Churches
  • Telling the Full History Preservation Fund

Orton Family Foundation Community Heart and Soul Seed Grants 

grants to resident-driven groups in small cities and towns (population < 30,000) to start the Community Heart & Soul model

National Fund for Sacred Places

support congregations with preservation projects that address urgent repair needs/life safety or that increase access

Society for Industrial Archeology Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants

grants to support the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects

U.S. Department of Agriculture

several grant opportunities for individuals, governments, organizations, and other entities in rural America

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

grant programs that support HUD initiatives, including Affordable Housing Development and Preservation, Community and Economic Development, Environment and Energy, Fair Housing, Homelessness, Homeownership, Rental Assistance, and Supportive Housing and Services

U.S. Department of Transportation

grants to help build up and maintain a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system

If you have more sources to add to the list, please contact Sarah Zurier.