Grants available for Maine downtown historic preservation projects

PHOTO: Johnson Hall, in Gardiner, is one of six Maine projects that was awarded a REvitalizeME Gen 2 grant in 2020. (Maureen Milliken photo)

AUGUSTA — The Maine Development Foundation Maine Downtown Center is accepting applications for grant funding through the National Park Service REvitalizeME Gen 2 program.
A total of $660,000 is available for historic preservation projects that will foster economic development in 22 downtowns that are National Main Street or Maine Downtown Affiliate designated programs.
“It’s wonderful that Maine has received this funding again and other downtown projects will benefit from it like we did,” said Michael Miclon, executive director, Johnson Hall, Gardiner, one of six Maine projects awarded money in 2020. “The grant enabled us to repair our historic windows and masonry and really close the gap on our five-year capital campaign for Johnson Hall, which is a downtown community hub and significant historic theater.”
The program provides financial capacity to encourage infrastructure development and leverage private sector investment increasing the commercial, educational, residential, or civic use and value of the historic properties. Projects may include physical preservation projects for historic sites, architectural/engineering services, and technical assistance. Funding in the form of subgrants will be awarded through a competitive program that will be administered by MDF in partnership with Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. The grant application, list of eligible communities, and requirements are available at mdf.org.