Apply For History Grant

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.

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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, programs/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.

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More Information on History Grants

For historic marker grants, please see each specific program as deadlines and approval process varies.

Special interest grants are reviewed by the Foundation Trustees with funding decisions typically made within six to eight weeks. Regardless of outcome, all applicants will receive a response. Applications that are off-mission will be responded to immediately by Foundation staff and are not typically presented to the Trustees.

On occasion, we may offer challenge or matching grants in an effort to generate community support and foster additional donations by making each donor’s gift go further.

  • A matching grant is intended to encourage and incentivize members of the community to donate to an organization. It requires a specified amount of funds to be raised from other sources on a dollar for dollar basis or another stated matching factor. The matching grant is paid in equal amount(s) to the funds raised from other sources.
  • A challenge grant is intended to help an organization reach a specific fundraising goal. It requires a specified amount of funds to be raised from other funding sources before the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s grant is released. If the specified level is not met, the grant is not paid.

Professional Development Grant Application for NYS Historical Societies and Cultural Museums 

The Pomeroy Foundation provides need-based scholarships of $1,000 each to historical societies and cultural museums in New York State for professional development purposes.

Scholarships for professional development are to be used as follows:

  • Membership in Museum Association of New York (MANY) if not already a member.
  • Registration and travel related expenses to attend MANY Conference if not attended in the past two years.
  • Any remaining funds can be used toward one other professional development opportunity of your choice.

Criteria to receive this grant:

  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) historical societies and cultural museums in New York State.
  • Annual budget cannot exceed $150,000.
  • One grant per organization per year.
  • Cannot have attended the MANY Conference in the past two years.
  • A final report on your professional development experience is due to the Pomeroy Foundation by the end of the calendar year.