A Message About COVID-19

*Update – Adjustments have been made to the marker grant application process to assist those who face challenges accessing primary source documentation. We recognize that local municipal offices, libraries and other repositories may be closed, and due to those circumstances, some applicants are unable to obtain a copy of a primary source. If this is the case, we will still review the application based on substitute documentation. However, final approval of applications will be held until the primary source documentation is submitted. If you are facing this situation, please include one of the following with your application:

  • Title, date, names, and other identifying information for the specific record or document (e.g. Deed dated 12 May 1889 showing John Smith, grantor, to Alan Jones, grantee; Niagara County). A copy of an online index or listing verifying the existence of this record series or collection in a repository such as a local government office, library or archives is strongly encouraged.
  • Indexed entry or transcription of specific record obtained from an online database such as Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org when an image of the original document is not available from that site and you are unable to obtain the document because the repository is closed.

Our original message issued on 3/17/2020 appears below:

Dear Grantees, Applicants, Partners and Friends,

Throughout these times of uncertainty, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation remains wholly committed to fulfilling our mission and supporting those who rely upon us for grants.

In light of the rapidly evolving circumstances, we want to keep the lines of communication open and share information with you about our plans moving forward. We have taken steps to ensure we can continue to support and respond to those we serve.

Our hope is that this message will help address any questions you may have. New developments may quickly arise in the days and weeks ahead — and we will keep you updated about any changes on our end as soon as we can. Please look out for updates on our website, by email or via our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Grant Programs Will Remain Open

Currently, we are moving forward as planned with our 2020 grant schedule (as listed on our website) for all our programs. Our application process is based entirely online and Pomeroy Foundation staff will continue to be available to work with you by email and over the phone. Our business hours will continue to be 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EDT, Monday-Friday. For information about our grant deadlines, visit our website, wgpfoundation.org.

Flexibility for Those Who Need It

These are unprecedented times and we recognize the disruption that many organizations and communities are facing. We are committed to being as responsive and supportive as possible to those who wish to apply for a grant but may not be able to meet one of the existing deadlines.

If your organization or community needs more time to complete a grant application, please let us know. You can reach us at (315) 913-4060 or email info@wgpfoundation.org. Adjustments will be made on a case by case basis. As a reminder, we accept applications for our National Register Signage Grant Program and Special Interest Grants any time of the year.

For details about our grant application process, guidelines and eligibility, visit our Apply for History Grants page.

Grant Review Process, Funding & Deliverables

We anticipate that our grant application review process and release of funding will continue to take place in a timely manner. As we adapt to the current climate, we are committed to working “business as usual” and to answering any questions along the way. We will also update you regarding any changes to our process or operations which may affect the review of your application or the awarding of a grant.

For grantees who are waiting on the delivery of a marker or plaque, we are not aware of any specific delays at this time. However, with respect to the current circumstances, that may be subject to change. Visit Sewah Studios (regarding all roadside markers) or Franklin Bronze (regarding National Register plaques) for information about their organizations.

Canceled or Postponed Events, including Marker Unveilings

Health and safety are paramount to all of us at the Pomeroy Foundation. With respect to the unfolding implications of COVID-19, we are taking the necessary precautions for the well-being of our team and communities. At this time, Pomeroy Foundation staff will not be attending or hosting any in-person meetings, events or gatherings until further notice.

If you have a marker dedication scheduled or had anticipated planning one, we encourage you to regularly monitor guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local regulations about gatherings. Please keep us informed about any canceled or postponed marker dedications, unveilings and related events. Again, we can be reached at (315) 913-4060 or email info@wgpfoundation.org.

Helpful Resources

For information regarding COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The National Council of Nonprofits is also a helpful resource for updates about what the nonprofit sector is doing in response.

Looking Forward

All of us are in this together. The health, safety and well-being of our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors and communities have been and will continue to be of the utmost importance. At the Pomeroy Foundation, we stand committed to doing our part and continuing to provide the grant programs you expect.

We look forward to working with you, keeping an open conversation and welcome you to stay in touch with us.

Warm regards,

Paula Miller
Executive Director
William G. Pomeroy Foundation