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Cambridge Historical Commission Institutional Preservation Grant Program

See also: Info about our Preservation Grants for eligible homeowners and affordable housing agencies.

The Cambridge Historical Commission is a municipal agency concerned with the history of Cambridge and the preservation of significant older structures in the city. To aid in the preservation and rehabilitation of these older buildings, the Commission administers various federal, state, and local programs. One of these is the Institutional Preservation Grants Program.


The Institutional Preservation Grant (IPG) Program is funded with appropriations from the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act. The Historical Commission began the IPG Program in 2005. The grants provide funds to qualified non-profit organizations for rehabilitation or restoration of significant Cambridge buildings or structures.

The Commission’s Institutional Preservation Grant (IPG) program, now in its second year, extends the Commission’s Preservation Grant program, but with some significant differences.

• Applicants to the IPG program must be non-profit organizations.
• The building or structure for which assistance is being sought must be significant on the local, state, or national level for its architecture or associations with important persons, organizations, or events.
• The work must constitute rehabilitation or restoration rather than ordinary maintenance.
• Applicants must demonstrate that they have the financial and managerial resources to enable projects to proceed expeditiously to completion.

The first priority of the IPG program is to address building envelope projects that keep the weather out and preserve the structure: roofs, windows, and exterior walls are the first line of defense. If these elements are sound, grants can be used to restore exterior decorative elements, like porches and steps. Accessibility projects are also a high priority.

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Cambridge Historical Commission
November 2010

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