Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Agency of Commerce and Community Development, State of Vermont Pavilion Building, 4th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05602.(802) 828-3211
Fax: (802) 828-3393
Since 1983, the Department of Commerce and Community Development has administered the Vermont Community Development Program. The objectives of the program are to improve and maintain the economic and physical environment in Vermont's municipalities, to improve housing and create employment and to improve facilities that support housing and economic development. The program awards grants in several categories: Community improvement Grants, Project Development Grants and Rural Development Action Grants. Generally applications must be for projects to benefit low income people. Cities, towns and incorporated villages are the only legal recipients of these funds. However, the funds can be transferred to other public or private organizations to conduct the project.
Historic Windsor, Inc. and Preservation Institute
Windsor House P. O. Box 1777, (802) 674-6752
Fax: (802) 674-6179
Formed in 1971 to save Windsor House, an 1840 Greek Revival style inn, from demolition, Historic Windsor, Inc. is a membership preservation organization. As such, it offers the public a chance to participate in the preservation of the state's architectural and cultural heritage. A division of Historic Windsor, Inc., the Preservation Institute for the Building Crafts offers workshops in preservation building skills and architectural history for contractors, craftspeople, architects, building trades teachers and other interested participants. These workshops 'travel' to vocational centers throughout Vermont and New Hampshire offering practical training in the history, theory and execution of preservation building skills. Topics covered include stonework, masonry, plasterwork, decorative finishes, cabinetry, architectural history and contemporary building technology. The Preservation Institute also maintains a list of craftsman and contractors who have proven skills in preservation techniques.
Lake Champlain Basin Program
54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle 05458
Preservation Trust of Vermont
Windsor House, PO Box 1777, Windsor, VT 05089. Paul Bruhn, Executive Director, 104 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401. (802)658-6647. Non-profit group promoting historic preservation.
A non-profit statewide organization, the Preservation Trust of Vermont works with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and many individuals, groups and communities to preserve the state's architectural heritage. Activities include publishing books on architecture and preservation in Vermont, guides to historic sites, technical briefs and sponsoring workshops ands exhibits. The Preservation Trust also works to preserve specific properties by providing grants for technical assistance and accepting preservation easements and gifts of histoirc properties.
Regional Planning Commissions
The state's twelve Regional Planning Commission Offices perform area-wide planning for their respective regions and coordinate state and local planning activities at the regional level. They also provide member communities with planning advisory services and technical assistance on many issues including land development, transportation, economic development and historic and scenic preservation. Other activities include presenting training programs for government officials and the public, and distributing planning information. Your regional Planning Commission is an important source of information on many aspects of rural preservation.
University of Vermont's Historic Preservation Program
Department of History, Wheeler House, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. (802) 656-3180. Master's level graduate program in Historic Preservation.
Vermont has one of the nation's few interdisciplanary professional training programs in Historic Preservation. In addition to awarding a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation, the program offers a variety of Graduate and Continuing Education courses which are open to the general public. These offerings range from survey courses on reading the historic landscape to specific training courses for professionals and interested individuals in such topics as development economics and preservation law. The program is an important resource for Vermont as its students annualy provide a range of preservation services including research on historic buildings and the development and completion of a major preservation advocacy project. The program has also published books and a newsletter related to architecture and preservation.
The Vermont Archaelogical Society
P. O. Box 663, Burlington, VT 05402-0663
The Vermont Archaelogical Society, founded in 1968, is a non-profit orgainization comprised of professionals and non-professionals committed to archaelogy.
Vermont Council on the Arts
136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 (802) 828-3291
The Council on the Arts is a non-profit organization whose prupose is to foster public interest in and appreciation for the visual and performing arts. Among many activities, the Council funds community education projects including museum and gallery exhibitions.
Vermont Division For Historic Preservation
National Life Building, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-0501, (802)828-3211. State Historic Preservation Office coordinating state and federal protection and promotion of historic and archeological resources.
With funding from the state and federal governments, the Division for Historic Preservation fulfills many responsibilities including conducting the survey of the state's historic sites and structures and arhcaelogical sites, submitting nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, assisting with the certification of Investment Tax Credit projects and managing the Certified Local Government program. Other responsibilities include environmental review, preparing the comprehensive state preservation plan, awarding grants for the federal Historic Preservation Fund for preservation planning, surveys, National Register Historic District nominations and public education about preservation, as well as supervising state-owned historic sites. The Division helps both individuals and organizations with all aspects of historic preservation.
Vermont Historical Society
Pavilion Building, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828-2291
The Vermont Historical Society is a non-profit, educational organization founded in 1838 and dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts, books and papers which tell the story of the state's history. The Society operates the Vermont Museum in t he Pavilion Building in Montpelier and publishes a variety of materials including the scholarly journal, Vermont History, a magazine, Vermont History News, books and pamphlets. In addition, the Society provides educational programs and other activities designed to enhance knowledge of Vermont's history. Of particular importance for historic preservation is the historical reference library which contains quantities of material on the history of towns and on specific buildings throughout the state.
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
149 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 (802) 828-3250
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board administers the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund, which provides funding for affordable housing in Vermont. The Fund also supports the conservation and protection of historic properties as well as recreational and agricultural lands.
Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802)223-5234
Nonprofit membership organization with seven regional offices arranging the donation and purchase of conservation easements to permanently protect open and working Vermont land for agriculture, forestry, and recreational uses. Call 1-800-639-1709 for the location of the office in your area.
Vermont League of Cities and Towns
121/2 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont 15602. (802) 229-9111, Fax: (802) 229-2211
The Vermont League of Cities and Towns is the official cooperative association of cities and towns, founded in 1966 to serve the needs and best interests of Vermont communities. VLCT works to strengthen local government through legislative action and by providing information and resources to help local officials improve the quality of a community's public services. VLCT offers representation for Vermont's municipalities at both the state and federal levels. In the face of continued growth and development in Vermont, VLCT can help communities not used to rapid growth, VLCT can help with the planning of new services and improvement of existing ones.
Vermont Museum & Gallery Alliance
VMGA is a consortium of Vermont museums, galleries, and historical societies which are open to the public on a regular basis, produce exhibits, hold collections, or provide educational programs. They provide a forum for staff from the larger institutions to share their expertise and experience with museums and galleries which could otherwise not afford outside help or who are not sufficiently organized to take advantage of grant programs, exhibit assistance, or conservation services.
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The University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program
Wheeler House, University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
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