Fairbanks Museum Receives Expansion Grant

fairbanksST. JOHNSBURY- The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury received a grant last year that has helped them create and execute many updates. The museum was one of six Vermont projects chosen from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), which, in total, invested more than $1.2 million into the different projects.

"The museum, last September, received a $250,000 grant," Executive Director of the Fairbanks Museum Adam Kane said. "It was to support really reworking the museum's operations into more of a campus model."

The museum directors wanted to secure two more buildings on the museum's block. Owning the whole block would allow the museum to move around art pieces and exhibits to create a more convenient traffic flow. The buildings are currently in the construction process.

"We have very large collections, which we've had difficulty figuring out where they are going to go and we've had office set-ups that have not been ideal, so these two priorities allow us to rearrange everything in a way that's much more conducive to what we want to do," Kane said.

Kane says he was optimistic about receiving the grant last year because the main driver of the grant was to attract people to the area. Out of all the grant recipients, the Fairbanks Museum received the largest amount of money.

The NBRC was created by Congress and is a Federal-State partnership for economic and community development.The Commission has been federally funded since 2010 and supports projects in northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

This year's grant is $1.7 million for projects in each of the four states, and the maximum grant to projects is $250,000.

"These important funds will be available for improvements that will support private sector investments in Vermont's northern counties," NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano said.

Applications for the grant start March 14, 2016, and will be due by mid June.