The William G. Pomeroy Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit educational institutions and local, state and federal government entities that support the two primary parts of our mission.
One part of our mission is to help communities across the United States celebrate their history and cultural heritage. To accomplish this, we offer grants in support of historic marker program across America: To learn more about these initiatives and how our Foundation supports them, see our listing of these programs below. Also below, you will find guidance on what applications we are, and are not, likely to support. Either way, rest assured all applicants will receive a response, regardless of the outcome of a given application — with the additional proviso that applications that are judged to be “off-mission” will receive an immediate response by Foundation staff and are not typically presented to the Trustees.
All grant requests must be submitted through our online application portal, accessible via the “Apply for a Grant” button below.
Grants We Are Likely to Support
Historical societies with limited resources, professional development for small history organizations, technology upgrades for small history organizations, history related podcasts, celebrations of significant national milestones in American history
Grants we are Unlikely to Support
Performing/visual arts related projects, consultants, documentaries, restoration projects outside upstate New York, projects outside the mission of the Foundation.
Summary of 2020 Grants
- The Pomeroy Foundation supported 26 organizations in 2020 with programs focused on celebrating and preserving history.
- The average grant size was $14,478 and a median grant size of $5,000.
- The Foundation awarded 363 historic signage grants in 2020 averaging $1,178 per grant.
- The Foundation provided 12 professional development grants in 2020 averaging $1,000 per grant.