By Bob Katzen

Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced that new funding is available for matching grants to preserve objects, sites and document collections that are significant to the history and experiences of military veterans in the Bay State.

The program is open to cities and towns and non-profit organizations, including libraries, historical societies and commissions, museums, schools and universities. Grants provide state matching funds of up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost up to a maximum of $20,000 per project.

Eligible projects must be related to veterans and their military encounters and include preservation or digitization of historic documents and photographs; increased access to archival collections; oral history projects; renovation, rehabilitation, restoration or enhancement of existing monuments or memorials; and proposals to construct new markers for historically significant sites.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 9, 2021. Additional information and grant applications are available at

The program has been in effect for five years has awarded over $800,000 in matching funds to more than 60 projects across the state.

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