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Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation & 1772 Foundation award $100,000 to 12 historic preservation organizations in Georgia

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

September 18, 2023—The 1772 Foundation, partnering with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, awarded historic preservation one-for-one matching grants totaling $100,000 to twelve private nonprofit organizations maintaining historic sites in Georgia. Four sites were previously included on the Georgia Trust’s list of most endangered historic places, Places in Peril. The grants ranged in amounts from $3,500 to the grant maximum of $10,000, with seven organizations receiving the latter amount. The 1772 Foundation’s past work with the Georgia Trust encouraged them to partner to bring the grant program to Georgia for the first time in 2023. Based on the success of the program and the positive impacts of these grants, The 1772 Foundation has committed to provide ongoing grant funding through 2025.

2023 grant recipients were the Augusta Jewish Museum (Augusta), Eatonton-Putnam County Historical Society, Inc. (Eatonton), Friends of Harrison Park, Inc. (Ellijay), Friends of Johns Homestead (Tucker), Friends of Oconee Cemetery (Athens), Jack Hadley Black History Museum (Thomasville), Jekyll Island Foundation (Jekyll Island), M.H. Mitchell, Inc. (Athens), McDaniel-Tichenor House (Monroe), Marietta Educational Garden Center (Marietta), Ossabaw Island Foundation (Ossabaw Island), and We Love Cuthbert (Cuthbert).

Grants were provided for exterior work: painting; surface restoration; fire detection/security systems; repairs to/restoration of chimneys, porches, roofs, and windows; repairs to foundations and sills; and masonry repointing. Projects were evaluated by Georgia Trust staff, with an in-depth knowledge of the needs of Georgia’s heritage organizations. Each grantee was required to have matching funds for its project.

According to Georgia Trust President and CEO Wright Mitchell, “The Georgia Trust has been delighted to partner with The 1772 Foundation to bring financial assistance to these twelve Georgia preservation projects. With the great wealth of historic resources in the state, we are deeply grateful for The 1772 Foundation’s continued support and look forward to providing funding to many more projects through this program.”

President of The 1772 Foundation Margaret Waldock commented on the importance of these grants to the preservation community. “With these grants, The 1772 Foundation continues its investment in preservation efforts that protect assets of community importance. While the individual grants may seem small, we have found they leverage considerable local resources and opportunities — community-provided matching dollars, support for local businesses and tradespeople, and the long-term power of incremental, small-scale capital investments in roofs, windows, and structural improvements that protect and maintain the value of assets over time.”

The Georgia Trust is now accepting letters of inquiry for 2024 grant applications through December 1, 2023. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.org/grants.

We Love Cuthbert received a grant from The 1772 Foundation and the Georgia Trust to help restore the historic water tower in Cuthbert, Ga.

 

 

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