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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.

The 470 Railroad Club of Portland, Maine, is the recipient of the 2021 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award. This $10,000 grant will enable the 470 Club to repair, re-certify and test the air brake system on its Boston & Maine F7-A locomotive 4268, which is currently being restored to operating condition at the Conway Scenic Railroad.

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 further support worthy projects to preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures, information or artifacts in New England. Grants, generally not exceeding $5000, are awarded annually, funded by the Club's available funds and donations to the fund from members.

Each year, Mass Bay RRE is designating its largest Preservation Fund grant or grants as “The Ralph S. Hawkins Memorial Railroad Preservation Grant” to honor and preserve the memory of its dear friend and supporter, Ralph Hawkins, who died suddenly early in 2018.

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.

For 2021, Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund Grants totaling $30,000 have been awarded to fourteen organizations to support a variety of railroad preservation projects. For details and a complete list of Grant recipients, see the Grants page using the link below:

Learn more about the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund

Donate to the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund

2022 AWARD/GRANT APPLICATIONS & INSTRUCTIONS

The application period for the 2022 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants Is now open. 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 for the H. Albert Webb Award or a Mass Bay RRE Preservation Grant.

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), must be received not later than 10:00 PM on Monday, November 15, 2021. 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: Webb+MBRRE Award Instructions 2022.pdf
Download Award/Grant Application in PDF Format: Webb+MBRRE Award Application 2022.pdf
Download Award/Grant Application in MS Word Format: Webb+MBRRE Award Application 2022.docx

Mailed applications must include all supporting documents. Applications should be mailed to:
Preservation Award 2022, Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, P.O. Box 4245, Andover, MA 01810-0814

The application period for the 2022 H. Albert Webb Award and Mass Bay RRE Grants will close on November 15, 2021.

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Page updated September 18, 2021.