MONTPELIER -- Preservation, protection and education lead the list of initiatives that six Vermont towns will soon embark upon due to federal grants recently received. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have awarded Certified Local Government (CLG) matching grants totaling $41,000 to support community-based preservation initiatives.

"Vermont's towns and cities care about historic preservation, and the most successful preservation projects are initiated at the local level," Housing and Community Development Commissioner Noelle MacKay said. "It is always exciting to see how these grants are being creatively leveraged by communities to broaden their impact."

Projects include: a lecture series and history-based curriculum for school-aged children in Rockingham; interpretive signage at Emily's Bridge in Stowe; sponsorship of the annual Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference; restoration of historic windows on the Calais Town Hall; and surveys of historic resources in Hartford and Norwich to identify significant physical elements of our past in order to preserve and protect them for future generations.

"These six projects raise local awareness and appreciation of the historic buildings in which many of us work, live and gather, buildings we see every day," Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer Laura Trieschmann said.


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"Each CLG grant requires a local match, and we are continually impressed by the dedication of local residents and municipal staff in each CLG community to see these projects through to completion. We are as equally dedicated to supporting these communities and celebrating their preservation efforts."

Established in 1980, the CLG program helps local governments integrate historic preservation concerns with local planning decisions. The CLG program extends the federal and state preservation partnership to the local level, and provides a means for each CLG community to participate in the preservation of local historic resources. Currently, 14 Vermont communities are designated as CLGs. Funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Division for Historic Preservation, the CLG program annually awards matching grants for survey, documentation and planning projects that promote Vermont's architectural and historical heritage.

For more information, please visit http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/grants/certified_local_govt.