PTV Highlights: 2015
2015: 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
- Support local preservation efforts through our Field Service Program (194 projects in 2015).
- Provide project development and technical assistance grants through our Robert Sincerbeaux Fund(55 in 2015).
- Provide condition assessment grants through our Barn Assessment Program(12 in 2015).
- Provide support for at-risk properties through our Historic Places Revolving Fund. This year the revolving fund focused on the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor, Gilbert’s Hill in Woodstock, Fox Hill in Poultney and New Moran in Burlington (4 in 2015).
- Provide major grants for preservation-related projects as funds are available (6 new Preservation Grants in partnership with the Freeman Foundation and 4 new grants through the Community Fund in 2015).
- Work with communities to oppose Sprawl and encourage the proper scale and location of Big Box, Retail and Commerical development in our downtowns (12 in 2015).
- Encourage and help develop Community Supported Enterprises such as village stores, cooperatives, restaurants, and community-centered businesses (8 in 2015).
- Steward historically significant properties through our Historic Preservation Easement Program (72 easements that cover 108 buildings, 2 structures and 3 archeological sites).
- Host two-day Preservation Retreats from May through October at the Grand Isle Lake House (116 individuals from 47 community groups).
- Own and steward four historic properties in VT: the Grand Isle Lake House in Grand Isle, the Left Bank Building in North Bennington, VT (in partnership with the Fund for North Bennington), Pierce’s Store in Shrewsbury, VT, and the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor.
- In 2015, led the effort in the Legislature to reinstate Historic Preservation and Barn Grants, and supported funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Fund, Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits, Cultural Facility Grants, and funding for the Division for Historic Preservation.
- Partner with the Vermont Downtown Program to support revitalization efforts in designated downtowns and village centers. Co-host annual retreat for downtown managers (for 24 Designated Downtowns).
- Host annual Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Downtown Program.
- Recognize great preservation successes through our biennial awards program.
- Publish Vermont Restoration Directory and offer preservation resources and guidance on our website www.ptvermont.org.
- Distribute free electronic newsletter