08.27.19

Preservation Trust of VT Nets $747,000 From Leahy-Authored Historic Revitalization Grant Program

BURLINGTON, Vt. (TUESDAY, Aug. 27, 2019) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that the Preservation Trust of Vermont has been awarded a $747,000 Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program grant, administered by the National Park Service.  The grant was among the largest nationwide of nine released from the new, Leahy-created program to invest in historic preservation in rural communities around the country.

Leahy said: “Vermont’s successes again have offered a model for an important federal program to help boost economic development in rural areas across the country. I was proud to work with the Preservation Trust of Vermont to take the vision for this program and make it a reality at the national level. I know the Trust will help communities use these dollars to make a lasting impacts in communities across Vermont.”

As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy created the $5 million annual program to support rural communities working to revitalize historic properties in their communities of national, state and local significance in order to restore, protect and foster economic development in rural villages and downtown areas.

Paul Bruhn of the Preservation Trust of Vermont said: “We are thrilled to have received this grant from the Park Service. It’s going to help us support really critical community preservation projects throughout the state of Vermont, and this program will be a boost for several communities throughout the state. We know that, like so many other programs, it took Senator Leahy’s leadership to make it happen and we are most appreciative.”

Leahy has long worked to direct federal resources to historic preservation projects across Vermont. Leahy earlier partnered with the Preservation Trust of Vermont to help aggregate smaller historic preservation projects and direct overall grant funding through the Preservation Trust. The Preservation Trust’s award-winning partnership with Leahy has won nationwide recognition, and Leahy used this model to author the new Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program, through which entities like Preservation Trust of Vermont were able to apply for funding.

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LOCAL CONTACT:
Paul Bruhn, Preservation Trust of Vermont: 802-343-0595