In a bequest to the Rhode Island Foundation in 1994, Joseph O'Neill Ott, a leader in the preservation and antiquities community in the state, established a permanent endowment dedicated to document preservation. He requested that the income generated be used to preserve historical manuscripts, documents, and municipal records dating from the 19th century and earlier for the smaller cities and towns in Rhode Island.
Grants generally range from $250 to $600 and support direct conservation efforts for paper-based documents, photographs, and other two-dimensional historical evidence (excluding artwork). This can include restoration, preservation (including the purchase of containers or housing for documents), or to defray the costs associated with the acquisition of documents. Proposals that demonstrate concern about long-term storage issues or have planned document storage will be looked upon most favorably. All historical and preservation societies from the smaller cities and towns of Rhode Island are eligible to apply for an Ott grant.
An advisory committee of conservationists will recommend documents suitable for consideration. Only documents created before 1900 will be considered. Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.
Grants are awarded annually. Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on March 13, 2015. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).
A complete application includes: