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Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Grant Program

Grants to Maine Nonprofits and Agencies for the
Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF)

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Maine nonprofits, municipalities, and quasi-municipal entities for the restoration and preservation of historic properties. Funding is intended for buildings of community value or historical significance. Eligible projects include capital restoration, energy audits, and energy efficiency implementation.

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

The grants committee looks for the following key components in proposals to the fund:

  • Properties with historical significance at the local, state, or national level
  • Buildings that are utilized by and provide value to the community, or a compelling vision for the revitalization and reuse if the building has been vacant or underutilized
  • Organizations with a demonstrated commitment to ongoing stewardship of the building and readiness to complete the project
  • A clear restoration plan that preserves the historic integrity of the building.

The Belvedere program supports three types of projects, and projects may combine these elements: capital restoration, energy audits, and energy implementation. For more information, see the URL for Full Text. 

Grant requests may include the cost of labor, technology, materials, and equipment related to the restoration or energy efficiency work on the building.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173988

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum total grant award is $20,000. The maximum amount awarded for an energy audit is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants can only be used to support projects or activities that occur after the grant has been awarded, usually by September 1. This means that requests for support for any activities or expenses that occur prior to September 1 will be declined.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The building must be owned by a nonprofit organization or municipality or quasi-municipal entity. The building must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or be determined eligible for listing on the Register.

The Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund cannot be used to support the following activities and expenses:
- Program, overhead, indirect costs: Funds may not be used for utilities, office equipment and supplies, insurance, and general salaries for maintenance or other staff. Allowable expenses under this program are capital expenditures only. Contingency costs must be paid with other funds.
- Replacement vs. restoration (repair rather than replace): In general, unless it is unavoidable or recommended by a historic building professional to restore original historically accurate features, this program will not fund replacement of original building features. The most common requests for replacement tend to be windows.
- Endowments or annual appeals

What the Foundation will not fund, without exception:
- Expenses already incurred
- Political campaigns
- Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
- Religious activities: including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership
- Regranting to a secondary grantee through a competitive process.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: June 1. Applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline, even on weekends and holidays.

It is expected that applicants either have or plan to establish a regular maintenance budget for ongoing repairs and upkeep of the building as part of their commitment to the stewardship of their building.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions on technical aspects of historic preservation and the eligibility of proposed projects for this grant program, please contact:
Mike Johnson
(207) 287-2949

For questions about the application or review process or the eligibility of proposed projects, please contact:
Maggie Drummond-Bahl
(877) 700-6800

For assistance with all energy audit and efficiency-related proposals, please contact:
Anne Ball
(207) 512-4906

For questions about the online grant application, please contact:
Amy Pollien, Grants Manager
(207) 412-2012

Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

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