Delaware Preservation Fund Awards Grant
To Assist in Harbor of Refuge Door Project
The Delaware Preservation Fund has awarded the
Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation an historic preservation
grant of $1,500 to help put a new main doorway onto Harbor of Refuge
The Delaware Preservation Fund is an affiliate of Preservation Delaware
a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of
Delaware's architectural heritage and historic settings. The
organization is a statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic
Preservation. Motivated by the urgent need to protect Delaware's
architectural and archaeological heritage, the goals of the organization
are pursued through educational programs, public policy initiatives, and
As part of these efforts, the preservation fund was established to
assist local organizations in the protection of Delaware's
irreplaceable historic resources. The purpose of the grants is to
facilitate, stimulate, and incubate projects to renovate, stabilize, or
plan for the protection of architecturally significant structures.
DPI grants are funded by ongoing support from the Longwood Foundation
and the State of Delaware.
This is the first time that the DRBLHF has applied for a grant
from the Delaware Preservation Fund. "But there was an
absolute match between our door project and the intended purposes of the
Fund," according to DRBLHF President Judith Roales. The
Fund's guidelines call for grants to be used for emergency
stabilization, window and door rehabilitation, and protection of
threatened buildings from entry and the elements, among other tasks.
The grant to the Foundation is in the form of a promise to reimburse
expenses up to the amount of the award once work on the door is actually
completed and proof is submitted to the Fund. Work must be
completed during 2008.
"That means we have a serious amount of fundraising left to
do," Roales said, "and considerable planning and arrangements
for the fabrication of the door and its installation."
To make your donation to this much-needed project, send a check to
DRBLHF at P. O. Box 708, Lewes, DE 19971.