The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, has officially opened the next grant round of its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program. The program commemorates historic people, places or things during the years 1740 to 1919.
One of the Pomeroy Foundation’s main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history with historic roadside markers. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. The current grant round is available in the following New York State counties: Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster (Region 4); Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington (Region 5); and Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and St. Lawrence (Region 6).
The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to all 501(c)(3) organizations, municipalities and nonprofit academic institutions in New York State. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of a property owner.
Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker grant webpage. A complete grant schedule by region is also on the Foundation’s website.
Additional marker grant programs include the Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program, National Register Signage Grant Program and National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program. The next grant round for the historic canals program opens on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Grant applications for the other national programs are accepted on a rolling basis. The Foundation’s website also features a digital map of all the markers and plaques they have funded.
For more information on the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, visit their website.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.