Arts & Culture

Common Fence Point Improvement Association wins state grant

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Common Fence Point Improvement Association was amongst several Rhode Island organizations to receive a State Cultural Facilities Grants recently. 

The grant awarded to the Common Fence Point Improvement Association totals $187,000. 

The state has awarded close to $3.8 million for capital preservation work at 33 museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites around the state. Together, the projects represent $16,736,891 worth of construction activity.

Supported by 60.6 percent of Rhode Island voters in 2014, the Creative and Cultural Economy Bonds provided $5 million for State Preservation Grants and $6.5 million for the Cultural Facilities Grants.

Administered by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and the R.I. State Council on the Arts, the grant programs require applicants to provide matching funds for their projects.

The bonds also included $22 million in support for capital improvements to nine specific Rhode Island arts organizations.

Governor Gina Raimondo forwarded her congratulations, remarking on the importance of Rhode Island’s cultural and historic infrastructure.

“The arts and history are part of what makes Rhode Island special,” Governor Raimondo said. “They attract visitors to our state and contribute significantly to our economy.

“These capital improvement grants will create jobs, both during and after construction, and expand programming opportunities for Rhode Islanders and visitors alike, all of which contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of our state.”

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