National Register Signage Grant Program
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. More than 93,000 properties are listed in the National Register, representing 1.8 million contributing resources (e.g. buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects).
When a property or district is placed on the National Register, the designation does not include funding for a plaque or sign, and many do not have signage. Upon learning this, the Pomeroy Foundation decided to bridge that gap and provide grants covering the costs to obtain signage at public properties or historic districts.Apply for Grant
Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities within the United States. At this time, funding is not available for private residences or commercial properties. 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.
The text on National Register signage is fixed, except for property name and year of National Register designation. The inscription reads as follows:
HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE
NATIONAL REGISTER OF
HISTORICAL PLACES IN <year>
BY THE UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION
The colors of the roadside marker are brown with white highlighted lettering and border (as pictured above). Markers are 18” x 32” cast aluminum with a 7’ aluminum pole.
Applicants may select between two different designs upon grant acceptance. Plaques are 9” x 13” in bronze.
*Note that one plaque design does not include designation year in text.
Grant Application Deadline
National Register grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis any time of the year. There is no application deadline.
Grant Application Procedure
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)
Additional required documents are:
- an IRS Determination Letter [for 501(c)(3) organizations only]
- copy of National Register designation letter (if unable to provide, please contact us to verify your designation)
- a letter from the landowner granting permission for the marker/plaque to be installed
Primary sources are not required for this grant program.
Our National Register signage grants are fully funded and include the marker and pole or plaque, and shipping costs. 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 or plaque will accompany the check. The grant recipient is responsible for the installation of the signage.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-913-4060 between 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Monday – Friday.