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Grants to Rhode Island Preservation and Historical Societies for Historical Document Preservation

Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund Grants


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Funding Source
Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Rhode Island

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/05/23 Midnight EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $750 to Rhode Island preservation and historical societies for the preservation of historically significant documents in smaller towns and cities throughout the state. Funding is intended to support the preservation of original historical documents, municipal records, and manuscripts dating from the 19th century and earlier.

Grants are available to support direct conservation efforts for paper-based documents, photographs, and other two-dimensional historical evidence (excluding artwork). This can include restoration, preservation (including the purchase of containers or housing for documents), or to defray the costs associated with the acquisition of documents. Proposals that demonstrate concern about long-term storage issues or have planned document storage will be looked upon most favorably.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All historical and preservation societies from the smaller cities and towns of Rhode Island are eligible to apply for an Ott grant.

Grants will not be made to organizations that owe the Foundation a grant report.

Pre-Application Information
Grants are awarded annually. Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on June 5, 2023. Technical assistance will not be available after 5 p.m. (EST).

Applications are available six weeks prior to the deadline; all applications must be submitted through the online system.

Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants generally range from $250 to $750.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, contact:
Monica Benson
Scholarship and Special Funds Administrator
(401) 427-4017

Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-4564

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