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Preservation grants available for Civil War monuments, sites

Applications are being accepted for a Civil War Preservation Grant program, offered by the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

Funded by the Legislature, the program is designed to preserve objects and sites in the state that are significant to the history of the Civil War.

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, who serves as the Senate vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, said the program is open to municipalities and nonprofit organizations. The program will provide matching grants of up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost, not exceeding $5,000.

Eligible projects include the renovation, rehabilitation, preservation or enhancement of existing monuments or memorials relevant to the Civil War and Civil War veterans. Proposals to construct new markers for historically significant sites will also be considered.

Western Massachusetts hosts a number of Civil War-related sites and attractions.

Deadline: May 17

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 17. Further information and application materials are available on the Sesquicentennial Commission’s website: www.MA150.org.

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