WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

 

Historic Canal Marker Grants

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has launched our newest grant program to promote cultural tourism and commemorate the history of transportation canals in the United States.

Markers must be installed near a canal or former canal. The marker’s text must commemorate a historical fact that occurred more than 50 years from the year of application. Currently, that is 1968.

ELIGIBILITY

Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within the United States of America.


GRANT TIMEFRAME: UP TO 50 YEARS PRIOR TO APPLICATION YEAR

Only submit proposals that have historic significance within this time frame. Proposals outside of this time frame will be automatically disqualified.

MARKER LETTER LIMITS

The title line allows 15 characters and the five body lines can have 27 characters each, including spaces and punctuation

MARKER DESIGN

The colors of the roadside marker are blue with black highlighted lettering and border. There are two unique logos for you to choose from that will allow the markers to be immediately recognizable as commemorating a historic canal. Markers are 18” x 32” cast aluminum with a 7’ aluminum pole.

HISTORICAL ACCURACY

Primary source documentation is required to verify historical accuracy. The applying agency is responsible for supplying photocopies, scans or photos of the sources and specific statements used to verify historical facts. If selected, the strength of the supporting materials substantially lessens the time between acceptance and funding. If the The William G. Pomeroy Foundation cannot substantiate the historical accuracy of the proposed marker text based on the supporting documentation provided, the opportunity for approval is limited.


GRANT APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Deadlines

  • March 30, 2018 - Application period opens

  • April 27, 2018 – Letter of Intent due

  • May 18, 2018 – Applications due

  • June 30, 2018 – expected date grants will be awarded

Applications will be accepted online only. To create an account and apply, please click here.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) including the proposed marker text and a list of specific primary source documents is required prior to the application. Once the LOI is reviewed and approved, you will receive a notification by email allowing you to move to the application stage.

Applications must include the applying agency’s information, contact information for the person responsible for the application, the proposed installation location in specific detail (including GPS coordinates), a brief description and historical significance of the transportation canal being commemorated, and the proposed inscription.

Additional required documents are an IRS Determination Letter (for 501c3 organizations), a letter from the landowner granting permission for the marker to be installed, and copies of the primary source documents supporting all the proposed text on the marker.

Our Historic Canal Marker Grants are fully-funded and include the marker, pole, and shipping costs. If your application is approved, upon receipt of your signed Acceptance Letter, The William G. Pomeroy Foundation will mail a check for the total amount made payable to the applying agency. Instructions for ordering your marker will accompany the check. The applying agency is responsible for installation of the marker.  

If you have questions please feel free to contact Christy at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-913-4060 between 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Monday – Friday.