The 1772 Foundation, A Providence Foundation Awards WHALE $125,000.00 Through Historic Preservation Grant

February 21, 2020


The 1772 Foundation, A Providence Foundation Awards WHALE $125,000.00 Through Historic Preservation Grant

NEW BEDFORD, MA, February 21, 2020 – WHALE is very honored to announce we have been awarded $125,000.00 from The 1772 Foundation, based in Providence, RI. This unique historic preservation grant program plays a leading role in promoting historic properties redevelopment programs (HPRPs), also known as revolving funds, nationwide. At their quarterly meeting, its trustees awarded HPRP grants totaling $1,648,000. Individual grants ranged in amount from $10,000 to $150,000.

“Support for historic properties redevelopment programs continues to be a key granting priority of The 1772 Foundation,” according to President B. Danforth Ely. “This year, we received many more grant applications than in the past from organizations across the country. To stretch its resources as far as possible, the foundation favors collaboration with local partners to leverage funds and achieve the greatest possible neighborhood impact.”

Executive Director Mary Anthony stated, “Active real estate intervention of the kind practiced by historic properties redevelopment funds is critically important to historic preservation and, by extension, economic revitalization, neighborhood development, equitable housing, and Smart Growth. The entrepreneurial approach greatly increases the number of historic buildings saved, often as adaptive reuse projects.” The 1772 Foundation works to ensure the safe passage of our historic buildings and farmland to future generations. More information about The 1772 Foundation may be found at

WHALE Executive Director Teri Bernert is honored to have The 1772 Foundation as such a great supporter of WHALE and looks forward to continuing our partnership.


WHALE is a mature nonprofit organization that has an impressive 58-year track record of accomplishment in historic restoration work that has truly changed the low to moderate income neighborhoods of New Bedford.  Our programs and projects encourage residents, organizations and businesses to engage in historic restoration work that impacts the social, cultural, and economic development of New Bedford.  The mission of the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) is to foster historic preservation and continued use of the city’s architectural heritage, and to enhance community and economic vitality in New Bedford, MA. More information about WHALE is available at or email Development Coordinator, Teresa Willander at