The Museum is delighted to announce that it will receive grant funding in the amount of $38,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Facilities Fund in the coming year.
The Museum is required to match the award from other sources on a one-to-one basis. The monies will be used to address immediate and long-term preservation projects including the restoration of the perimeter fence, terraces and decking, garden structures, and heating and security systems on the property.
This particular grant is highly competitive because there are so few funding sources for deferred maintenance. In its award letter, the Facilities Fund noted that it recognizes the significant contributions that cultural and historic organizations make not only to their immediate communities, but to the general economy as well. The goal of this program is to provide a portion of the resources necessary for our state’s cultural facilities to flourish.
Several targeted maintenance projects have already been completed at the property, including the removal of an underground oil tank and related heating system upgrades in the Coachman’s House. Others will be ongoing, such as the perimeter fence restoration, scheduled for completion in 2012.