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MDF awarded $750,000 grant to support historic preservation in rural downtowns

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HALLOWELL - The Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center (MDC) program will administer $750,000 in funding over the next two years for historic preservation or energy efficiency projects in Maine downtowns. MDC’s is the largest of only nine grants announced this month by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP).

“We are thrilled to bring this funding to Maine downtowns and look forward to partnering with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission as our lead partner in this program,” says Anne Ball, Program Director for MDC. “The preservation of some key downtown buildings and libraries can serve as a catalyst for economic development. We are eager to award this funding and track the economic activity in these communities.”

The objective of the HRSP is to support the rehabilitation of historic properties in order to rehabilitate, protect, and foster economic development of rural communities. Funding in the form of subgrants will be awarded through a competitive program that will be operated by Maine Development Foundation. Projects can include physical preservation projects for historic sites, architectural/engineering services and technical assistance.

“Historic preservation projects have consistently proven to foster economic growth,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said. “Through the support of the National Park Service, rural communities are able to preserve their historic resources, shining a light on their unique local history and bolstering economic development.”

Grant applications and requirements will be made available in December 2019 at www.mdf.org. Grant assistance is provided by the Historic Preservation Fund and the National Park Service.

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 12:08

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