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RAILROAD PRESERVATION

Mass Bay RRE supports railroad preservation projects through two grant programs: The H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund Grants.

THE H. ALBERT WEBB MEMORIAL RAILROAD PRESERVATION AWARD

The purpose of the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award is to assist in the preservation of New England railroad history. Nonprofit, tax-exempt [Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)] organizations that preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures or information from New England railroads are eligible to apply, whether or not they are based in New England.

Leigh Webb, the son of the late H. Albert Webb and donor of the Award, has committed to an annual award grant of $10,000. The Award grant may fund either an entire preservation project or the completion of a specific, measurable portion of a larger preservation project.

Mr. Webb has designated the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (Mass Bay RRE) as the administrator of the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award. Each year the Mass Bay RRE Board of Directors appoints an Award Committee to conduct the selection process and make recommendations to Mr. Webb, who makes the final Award selection. Among other considerations, projects will be evaluated on the basis of their historical significance and the ability of the sponsor to fund and complete the entire preservation project, not just that portion to be funded by the Award grant.

Learn more about the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award

Read Leigh Webb's moving tribute to his father and the significance of railroad preservation: Dad, Me and the RRE

THE MASS BAY RRE RAILROAD PRESERVATION FUND

Mass Bay RRE established the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund in 2016 to support worthy projects to preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures, information or artifacts in New England. One or more grants, generally ranging from $500 to $5000, will be awarded annually, funded by the Club's available funds and donations to the fund.

Nonprofit, tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] organizations are eligible to apply for a Mass Bay RRE Preservation Grant. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of their historical significance and the ability of the sponsor to fund and complete the entire preservation project, not just that portion to be funded by the Mass Bay RRE grant.

Learn more about the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund

Donate to the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund

2019 AWARD/GRANT APPLICATIONS & INSTRUCTIONS

The application period for the 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund Grants is open. A single, unified application form is used for both the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund Grants. Only one Award or Grant will be made to any given project.

The selected Award/Grant recipients will be required to sign a “project sponsorship agreement” with Mass Bay RRE setting forth the terms and conditions for receiving and utilizing the Award or Grant, including a project work schedule. The recipients will be required to provide Mass Bay RRE with an annual Progress Report, including an accounting of the funds received and used. On completion of the project, the recipients will be required to submit a Final Report, including a detailed description of the finished work, with photographic documentation as appropriate, and a final accounting of funds received and disbursed. The recipients will allow Mass Bay RRE representatives to make on-site inspections of the project while in progress, and upon completion. The recipients will also acknowledge the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award or the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grant as a source of funds supporting its project.

All completed applications, with supporting documentation (optional, but encouraged), must be received not later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. A sponsoring organization may submit only one project application each year. By submitting an application, the sponsoring institution certifies that it is a qualified [501(c)(3)] organization in good standing. Unless previously submitted with a prior Award application, all applicants must provide one copy of the organization's IRS [501(c)(3)] determination letter with their application.

Organizations are encouraged to submit their application on line using the On-line Application Form .

Applications may also be submitted by Email (in PDF or MS Word format) to: awards@massbayrre.org
Download Award/Grant Instructions
Download Award/Grant Application in PDF Format
Download Award/Grant Application in MS Word Format

Mailed submissions must include seven (7) copies of the application and supporting documents. Mail to:
Preservation Award 2019, Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, P.O. Box 4245, Andover, MA 01810-0814

The application period for the 2019 H. Albert Webb Award and Mass Bay RRE Grants will close on October 16, 2018.

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Page last updated August 9, 2018.