Grants By Invitation
At its quarterly meeting, The 1772 Foundation awarded grants to 10 organizations that had been invited to submit proposals for review. The grantees and their projects are listed below.
|Historic Boston Incorporated -- Fowler-Clark-Epstein Farm -- $50,000
HBI acquired the Fowler-Clark-Epstein Farm with the goal of preserving the 1786 house for reuse as three market-rate apartments and the carriage barn and surrounding land for urban agriculture. This unique property is located in the economically challenged neighborhood of Mattapan.
|IYRS School of Technology & Trades -- Newport campus expansion -- $40,000
IYRS is in the midst of a $12,000,000 capital campaign to expand its Newport campus, raising funds for a new 20,000 square foot building and associated program development needs, such as equipment, tools, and curricula. The new building will allow IYRS to consolidate its two campuses and expand course offerings.
|The Livestock Conservancy -- Legacy Conservation Initiative -- $50,000
This year, projects that are part of the Conservancy's continuing Discover, Secure, and Sustain proposal are: preservation of endangered hog breeds; a census of poultry breeds; evaluation of the goats and sheep native to Hawaii; development of a plan to save Aleutian cattle; and educational workshops and training for farmers, consumers, and conservationists.
|Lower East Side Tenement Museum -- Third floor of 103 Orchard Street -- $75,000
The Tenement Museum has renovated the basement and first and second floors of its 1888 tenement at 103 Orchard Street, which now house its visitor and education center. It is ready to move on to the third floor. Once preserved, it will house a new exhibit, Beyond the Melting Pot, interpreting the lives of three immigrant families who lived in the building at the end of 20th century.
|New York Harbor Foundation -- Billion Oyster Project -- $50,000
The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is New York Harbor School’s long-term, large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next 20 years and, in the process, educate thousands of young people in New York City about the ecology and economy of their local marine environment.
|Norman Bird Sanctuary -- 1850 barn window repair and replacement -- $10,000
This project will be completed in the context of a comprehensive interior remodeling and exterior rehabilitation project for the Norman Bird Sanctuary's ca. 1850 Barn Museum. The exterior project will encompass foundation re-pointing, extensive window repairs, replacement of 1950's-installed doors, and trim paint.
|Partners for Sacred Places -- Internal innovation fund -- $50,000
Partners for Sacred Places "researches and develops initiatives that promise to make a significant impact on the reuse of historic sacred places in ways that benefit the larger community and retain their defining character and heritage." It will create its own innovation fund to cover the costs (staff time, seed money, and directed expenses) of its "R & D" activities.
|The Preservation Trust of Vermont -- Journey's End -- $50,000
Journey's End is significant at the local, state, and national level for its association with Alexander Turner (1845-1923), a former slave who finally ended up settling on this Vermont site in 1873 and turned it into a successful farm. The goal is to restore the exterior of Birchdale Camp, built by the Turners about 1911, in its undeveloped natural setting. It is the one remaining building on the site.
|Seed Savers Exchange -- Wanigan Associates Seed Stories Project -- $36,750
Donated in 1981, The Wanigan Associates Bean Collection was the first major collection incorporated into the Seed Savers Exchange’s seed bank. The Wanigan Associates Seed Stories Project is an effort to research and share the histories of the 1,185 heritage bean varieties in the collection.
|The Slave Dwelling Project -- Annual conference support -- $48,250
"The Slave Dwelling Project's mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings." Joseph McGill, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, calls attention to his project with overnight stays in surviving and replica slave dwellings. The Second Annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference will be held in North Charleston, SC in October.