Foundation Offers Restoration Grants

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s New Century Grant Program, is offering grants to support the preservation or restoration of historic buildings in Maine.

The grant program focuses on the preservation and reuse of historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural or economic hubs for communities.

Grant support will be primarily focused in Washington and Hancock counties, but projects in rural communities in other parts of the state will also be considered.

A total of $160,000 will be awarded in grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2009.

For more information, guidelines and an application, visit

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