PTV Highlights: 2014
2014: Where We Worked
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The Preservation Trust of Vermont is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1980 whose mission is to help communities save and use historic places. Much of our focus is on strengthening downtowns, village centers, local initiatives and capacity.
What We Do
- Provide major grants for preservation-related projects as funds are available: 4 new Preservation Grants in partnership with the Freeman Foundation in 2014, and 1 grant from our Community Fund
- Work with partners around the state to pass legislation and be an advocate to strengthen Vermont’s Downtowns and Village Centers (26 communities in 2014). We worked with Governor Shumlin, the Legislature and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development to increase the funds available for tax credits by $500,000 to $2.2 million annually.
- Encourage and help develop Community Supported Enterprises such as village stores, cooperatives, restaurants, and community-centered businesses (11 in 2014)
- Host two-day Preservation Retreats from May through October at the Grand Isle Lake House (115 individuals from 37 community groups)
- Offer specialized training throughout the state as needed