Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program

The Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate the history of transportation canals in the United States. 

The markers in this program must recognize a historical fact that occurred more than 50 years from the year of your application. Currently, that year is 1969. Applications that don’t fit the time-frame will be disqualified. Canal markers in this program must be installed near an existing or former canal site. 

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Canal marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities within the United States of America. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact an eligible local organization, such as a municipal historian or historical organization. They will often apply for the grant on behalf of the individual.

Marker Design and Text Guidelines 

The colors of the canal markers are blue with black highlighted lettering and border. There are two unique logos for you to choose from that will allow the markers to be immediately recognizable as commemorating a historic canal. Markers are 18” x 32” cast aluminum with a 7’ aluminum pole. 

The title line allows 15 characters and the five body lines can have 27 characters each, including spaces and punctuation. There is a required credit line at the bottom of the marker which is always included.  

Historical Accuracy 

Primary source documentation is required to verify historical accuracy. The applying agency is responsible for supplying photocopies, scans or photos of the sources and specific statements used to verify historical facts. If selected, the strength of the supporting materials substantially lessens the time between acceptance and funding. If the Pomeroy Foundation cannot substantiate the historical accuracy of the proposed marker text based on the supporting documentation provided, the opportunity for approval is limited. 

Application Deadline

Applications for historic canal markers are accepted twice a year.  This year’s dates are as follows:

Round 1

  • 04/17/19 – Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) to verify primary sources. Submit your proposed marker inscription and list the primary source documentation you have assembled to verify the historic accuracy of your text.
  • 05/15/19 – Application deadline
  • 06/30/19 – Awards granted

Round 2

  • 09/06/19 – Application becomes available online
  • 10/18/19 – Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) to verify primary sources. Submit your proposed marker inscription and list the primary source documentation you have assembled to verify the historic accuracy of your text.
  • 11/15/19 – Application deadline
  • 12/31/19 – Awards granted

Grant Application Procedure 

Letter of Intent 

A Letter of Intent (LOI) is an online form that must be completed to demonstrate your interest in applying for a marker. A completed LOI is required prior to submitting your application. Each LOI includes information such as proposed marker text and a list of primary sources. To submit your LOI, you must log in to your account and click apply at the top of the page which will bring you to the available applications. Click the blue apply button at the top right corner of the canal marker description; that will bring you directly to the LOI page. Once the LOI is reviewed and approved, you will receive a notification by email that allows you to begin the application stage.



Applications are only accepted online. To create an account and apply, please use this link:  Apply for Grant


Applications must include the following:

  • the applying agency’s information
  • contact information for the person responsible for the application
  • proposed installation location in specific detail (including GPS coordinates)
  • a brief description and historical significance of the transportation canal being commemorated
  • proposed inscription for marker


Additional required documents are:

  • an IRS Determination Letter [for 501(c)(3) organizations only]
  • a letter from the landowner granting permission for the marker to be installed
  • copies of the primary source documents supporting all the proposed text on the marker

Grants for the Historic Transportation Canals program cover the entire cost of a marker, pole, and shipping. There is no cost to you. If your application is approved, upon receipt of your signed Acceptance Letter, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation will mail a check for the total amount made payable to the applying agency. Instructions for ordering your marker will accompany the check. The grant recipient is responsible for installation of the marker.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact Christy at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-913-4060 between 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Monday – Friday.