Please note – we are currently reviewing completed special interest grant applications submitted by the December 15, 2023 deadline. We are not accepting new special interest grant applications at this time. Check back with us on this page in April 2024 for updates about the Pomeroy Foundation’s giving initiatives and guidelines in 2024.
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.
The Pomeroy Foundation is interested in a wide range of initiatives that help communities across the country celebrate their history and cultural heritage; however, preference in 2023 will be given to projects that promote awareness of the Pomeroy Foundation’s signature historical marker programs. This is especially true for requests for Special Interest Grants of $10,000 or more.
Requests for Special Interest Grants under $10,000 will be considered for the aforementioned purposes but also for technology and computer security upgrades, digitization of materials that stabilize collections and increase public access, and special projects for New York State history-related museums and historical societies with budgets under $500,000.
The Pomeroy Foundation’s Trustees currently consider applications for Special Interest Grants on a quarterly basis. To give our staff have sufficient time to prepare to present your request at our next Grant Committee Meeting, applications and supporting materials must be received via our grant portal by one of the deadlines listed below:
Friday, March 17
Friday, June 16
Friday, September 15
Friday, December 15
Regardless of the outcome, all applicants will receive a response within a month of the quarterly deadline. Applications deemed to be “off-mission” will receive a prompt 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, celebrations of significant national milestones in American history
Grants we are Unlikely to Support
Performing/visual arts related projects, consultants, documentaries, restoration projects, programs/projects outside the mission of the Foundation.
Summary of 2022 For History Grants
- The Pomeroy Foundation awarded 38 history-related special interest grants to 32 organizations.
- The average special interest grant size was $14,128 with a median grant size of $4,000.
- The Foundation awarded 292 historic signage grants.