$290,000 awarded to Maine historic preservation projects

PORTLAND & ELLSWORTH — The preservation of 22 historic buildings across the state will continue with more than $290,000 in grants from the Maine Community Foundation.

The Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Grant Program awarded the projects a total of $290,438. A donor with an Advised Fund at MaineCF provided an additional grant of $2,500.

Projects include repairs to the Holden Town Meeting House and the First Congregational Church of East Machias, which was on Maine Preservation’s 2021 list of endangered buildings. Energy efficiency improvements will be made to the Foss Mansion in Auburn, seat of the Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County.

For a complete list of preservation project grants, visit www.mainecf.org/recentgrants.

The Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Grant Program invests in the preservation, restoration, and renovation of historic buildings in Maine. Grants from this fund focus on capital investments in historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural or economic centers for communities.

2022 grants:

  • Cultural and Historical Association of Mont-Carmel, Grand Isle, for the conservation and restoration of the clay/gypsum walls of the old church: $10,000
  • Bar Harbor Historical Society, to paint exterior trim and doors and paint, reglaze and repair window sashes: $18,500
  • Cary Library, Houlton, for structural repairs to foundation walls, furnace wall, ceiling and to replace existing knob and tube wiring: $4,450
  • Durham Historical Society, to restore its building: $20,000
  • Ellsworth Historical Society, to restore the brick facade on the north side of its 1886 Old Hancock County Sheriff’s House, Sheriff’s House and Jail Museum: $20,000
  • Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island, to restore building windows: $12,000
  • Friend Memorial Public Library, Brooklin, for an energy efficiency study with window frame repairs and improvements to the exterior of the building: $18,620
  • Friends of LC Bates Museum, Hinckley, for brick and mortar preservation: $4,000
  • Friends of the First Congregational Church of East Machias, to repair its roof: $20,000
  • Holden Historical Society, to restore its building: $7,800
  • Lincoln County Historical Association, Wiscasset, to repaint the exterior of the building: $10,000
  • Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, for an energy audit of the historic William T. Donnell House, a Victorian shipbuilder’s house: $1,600
  • Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, to restore and repair the masonry of its west wall: $17,500
  • Old Bristol Historical Society, for the exterior renovation of its south wall: $8,000
  • Poland Spring Preservation Society, for essential repairs to the chapel’s slate roof and copper flashing system: $10,968
  • Quoddy Tides Foundation, Lubec, to repair the upper masonry façade: $20,000
  • City of Danforth, for security improvements at Union Hall: $20,000
  • City of Greenwood, for an energy audit and replacement of the roof of Greenwood City Hall: $15,000
  • Windham Hill United Church of Christ, for bell tower repairs: $20,000
  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, Freeport, to replace its wood shingle roof: $10,000
  • Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County, Auburn, for energy efficiency improvements: $20,000
  • Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, for an energy audit and gutter restoration: $2,000

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise, and sound investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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