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Grants to Massachusetts Municipalities and Nonprofits to Preserve Historic Buildings

Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF): Grant Round 29

GrantWatch ID# 169483
Agency: State

Funding Source
Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) - Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 Postmarked Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts municipalities and nonprofit organizations for projects to preserve historic buildings. Funding is intended for planning activities, including studies and assessments, as well as construction projects, including restoration and protection. The purpose of funding is to preserve historic properties, landscapes, and sites (cultural resources) that are listed in the State Register of Historic Places. First-time applicants will be given priority.

Eligible Activities/Scope of Proposed Work

  1. Pre-Development Projects: Requests may be submitted to conduct studies necessary to enable future development or protection of a State Register-listed property, such as feasibility studies involving the preparation of plans and specifications and historic structures reports. With planning projects, the architectural/engineering fees to conduct such studies are eligible for funding. Costs associated with the project sign, photography, and legal ads are also eligible for reimbursement.
  2. Development Projects: Requests may be submitted for construction activities including stabilization, protection, rehabilitation, and restoration. Grant funding can only be used to cover the costs of material and labor necessary to ensure the preservation, safety, and accessibility of historic cultural resources. Development of universal access is allowable as part of a larger project (ideally, no more than 30%). With construction or "bricks & mortar" projects, therefore, the architectural or engineering fees for any project work are not eligible for funding or use as a matching share.

Allowable costs: Overall building preservation, building code compliance, and barrier-free access where historic fabric is directly involved are eligible as well as the cost of a project sign, photography, recording of the preservation restriction, and legal ads. Eligible interior work will generally be limited to restoration based upon documented historic evidence.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants/Properties:
- Nonprofit organizations and municipalities that own or have a long-term interest in the property (at least a 25 – 30 year lease) are eligible to apply for funds.
- The property for which assistance is being requested must be listed in the State Register of Historic Places. If you are unsure about your property’s State Register status, you should contact the Massachusetts Historical Commission or your local historical commission before applying for grant funds.

Non-allowable costs: Projects consisting of routine maintenance, upgrading of mechanical systems (i.e., heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing), renovation of non-historic spaces, moving of historic buildings, or construction of additions will not be considered. For buildings actively used for religious purposes, projects involving the interior of buildings, stained glass windows or other religious symbols are generally not considered eligible. Architectural or engineering fees for any project work are not eligible for funding or use as matching share.

Pre-Proposal Conference
MPPF Workshop Schedule (Round 29):

Thursday, December 15, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Millbury Public Library
128 Elm Street
Millbury, MA 01527-2673

Friday, December 16, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
(Virtual Only – available by Zoom Invitation)
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Monday, December 19, 2022
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Tales of Cape Cod
3046 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
North Adams Public Library
74 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247-4168

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Meekins Library
2 Williams Street
Williamsburg, MA 01096-9427

Wednesday, January 4, 2023
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library
20 Memorial Drive
Ashburnham, MA 01430-4211

Friday, January 6, 2023
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Seamen’s Bethel
15 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740-6318

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Historical Commission
Massachusetts Archives Building
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3314

Thursday, January 12, 2023
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Topsfield Town Hall
8 West Common Street
Topsfield, MA 02125-3314

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2023
- Award Selection: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
- LPC Workshop (Mandatory for awardees): Thursday, July 6, 2023
- Project End Date: Friday, June 30, 2024

Applicants must provide a 50% match (dollar for dollar) to the grant amount requested. Matching funds shall consist of cash only. Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (MCPA) funds are eligible as matching share.


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Estimated Size of Grant
Requests for pre-development projects can range from $5,000 to $30,000; requests for development or acquisition projects may range from $7,500 to $100,000.

Term of Contract
The end date for project completion will be June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Mail applications to:
Paul Holtz, Grants Co-Director and Historical Architect
Massachusetts Historical Commission
Massachusetts Archives Building
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

Direct questions to Paul Holtz at or call 617-727-8470.

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