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21 History Organizations Selected for Matching Grant Program Supporting Safe Reopening Measures

Pomeroy Fund for NYS History Pledges Up to $50,000 in Matching Grants

TROY, N.Y. – The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History has announced that 21 history-related organizations have been selected to participate in a matching grant program geared toward raising funds to support safely reopening under New York State guidelines. Up to $50,000 in matching grants in total will be awarded.

This is the third round of funding disbursed through the Pomeroy Fund since it was established in April 2020 through a partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York.

History organizations selected for this grant round submitted proposals that outline plans for reopening, identifying multiple funding sources, creative ways to grow donors, and collaborative partnerships to find new avenues of support. This grant round was open to history-related organizations in New York State with operating budgets of $150,000 or less.

“Our hope is that these matching grants will give history organizations an added financial boost as they take the necessary steps to reopen safely and plan for the future,” said Deryn Pomeroy, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Pomeroy Foundation. “They are assets to our communities and stepping up to support them during these challenging times will make a tangible difference.”

“Community support is essential to the financial well being of a museum. This matching fund opportunity will help museums face the challenges of reopening after NY on Pause,” said Erika Sanger, Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York. “MANY is pleased to continue our work with Pomeroy Foundation to support our smallest museums, raise community awareness of their needs, and help build relationships that can yield benefits into the future.”

Participating organizations will have until October 1 to raise funds that will be matched 2:1 by the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History.

Grantees in the third round of the Pomeroy Fund are as follows (listed alphabetically):

Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station Society
Bundy Museum of History and Art
Canal Society of New York State, Inc.
Chenango County Historical Society & Museum
Cincinnatus Area Heritage Society
Cobblestone Museum
Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society
East Bloomfield Historical Society
Freeport Historical Society
Gates Historical Society
Half-Shire Historical Society
Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands
Irish American Heritage Museum
John Brown Lives
Robert Jenkins House and Museum
Russian History Museum
Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry
Slate Valley Museum Foundation
Sodus Bay Historical Society
The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
The Steel Plant Museum of Western New York

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About the Pomeroy Foundation
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded over 1,100 roadside markers and plaques nationwide. Visit:

Twitter: @wgpfoundation
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 About MANY
The Museum Association of New York inspires, connects, and strengthens New York’s cultural community statewide by advocating, educating, collaborating, and supporting professional standards and organizational development. MANY ensures that New York State museums operate at their full potential as economic drivers and essential components of their communities. Visit:

Twitter: @nysmuseums
Instagram: @nysmuseums

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Steve Bodnar
Communications Consultant
William G. Pomeroy Foundation