Governor Jim Douglas on Thursday announced $161,000 in Historic Preservation Barn Grants for 19 farms to help preserve their barns for future generations. In a ceremony at the Elm Brook Farm in East Ryegate, which received $10,000 to repair its cow and horse barns, the governor noted that the program aided two of Vermont s most important industries, agriculture and tourism. The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. Our farms not only provide jobs and a bond to our agricultural past, they help sustain our tourism industry by preserving our working landscape, Governor Douglas said. I am very pleased that the state can assist in preserving these magnificent structures for future generations.The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. The competition for these grants is very strong, because there are so many more worthy projects than we have funding for, Governor Douglas said. Even in these difficult times, we must make investments in our infrastructure, and these grants encourage the barns owners to invest in their upkeep and preservation.Since its inception twenty years ago, the program has provided more than $1.4 million and leveraged many millions more to bring new life to roughly 200 historic agricultural buildings. Every year we lose barns to a variety of conditions, but these modest grants help stem that tide, Douglas said. The owners of these barns are to be praised for taking action to preserve them.For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: http://www.historicvermont.org/financial/barn.html(link is external)Advisory Council for Historic Preservation 2009 Barn Grants:Cummings Farm Barn, East Montpelier: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, straighten and/or rebuild stone foundation, and re-grade and create drainage.Damkot Barn, Jericho: $10,000 to replace roof.Davitt Farm Barn, Maidstone: $1,900 to repair high drive.Elm Brook Farm Barns, Ryegate: $10,000 to replace sill and install new section of foundation for the cow barn and to replace foundation and siding for the horse barn.Fish Farm Barn, Tinmouth: $10,000 to repair/rebuild center section of barn.Gaylord Farm Barn, Waitsfield: $10,000 to repair frame and replace deteriorated siding and windows.Harlow Brook Farm Barn, Hartland: $10,000 to rebuild stone foundation and repair/replace sill, repair posts, floor, siding and doors.Kittell Farm Barn, Sheldon: $9,350 to rebuild stone foundation, repair sill, joists, posts and siding, re-fasten and paint metal roof, and add drainage.Lamoille Farm Barn, Cambridge: $10,000 to repair foundation, replace sills, re-flash/repair cupola, and repair frame, siding, windows and slate roof.Mix Barn, Tunbridge – $10,000 to replace sills, repair frame, roof and foundation, re-sheath walls as necessary.Morey Farms Barn, Troy: $2000 to repair frame, rebuild stone foundations, replace roof, and install windows and doors.Pratt Barn, Richford: $9,750 to repair frame and foundation, and partial roof replacement.Regier Barn, Cavendish: $6,250 to repair stone foundation, replace deteriorated sill, repair frame, and paint metal roof.Simplicity Farm Barn, Brookfield: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, repair foundation, and repair/replace sills, frame and siding.Vermont Woodworking School Silos, Fairfax: $7,250 to repair/replace bases, walls and roofs.Weathervane Barn, Greensboro: $4,500 to repair cupola and remediate powder post beetles.Willowell Foundation Barn, Monkton: $10,000 repair frame and replace roof.Woodlawn Farm Barn, Royalton: $10,000 to replace roof.Ziegler Barn, South Londonderry: $10,000 to repair west corner of barn, repair frame, sills, posts and floor, rebuild foundation, and install new roof.Source: Governor’s office. East Rygate. July 23, 2009.