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Preservation Kentucky to receive $100,000

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Partners in the Field grant awarded

By The Staff

Preservation Kentucky Inc. will receive a $100,000 Partners in the Field matching grant. Preservation Kentucky is one of 21 recipients of the second round of the $5 million in the multi-year grant program that strengthens efforts of state and local preservation organizations across the country.

The grantees, all members of the Nat­ional Trust for Historic Preservation’s State­wide and Local Partners Program, will use the funds to expand the scope of on-the-ground field services and assistance to property owners, developers, local officials and others needing information and tools to protect and enhance their communities.  

Preservation Kentucky, based in Hodgenville, was eligible to apply for the matching grants because it is one of more than 100 Statewide and Local Partners of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Partners program, created in 1993, helps emerging and established state and local nonprofit preservation organizations with organizational development assistance, grant support, specialized workshops and training, information resources, and networking opportunities. In 2008, the 24 inaugural Partners in the Field grants, totaling nearly $3 million, went to 25 organizations who hired 31 field representatives. The remaining $2 million will be distributed to the 2009 grantees.

“This wonderful grant opportunity will enable Preservation Kentucky to continue the work of the Rural Heritage Development Initiative pilot program, focusing on farm and barn preservation, community development in the smallest towns, and educating about the benefits of historic preservation to communities,” said Joanna Hin­­ton, executive director of Preservation Kentucky. “We are truly excited about the potential for these programs to protect the unique character that is Kentucky.”

Preservation Kentucky received $100,000, to provide full time staff for rural field services focusing primarily on barn preservation and revitalization of our smallest towns while training volunteers.