National Register Signage Grant Program

FAQ

State Historic Preservation Office*(SHPO). Contact your SHPO or check their webpage for information about the National Register, research materials and necessary forms to begin the nomination process. If the property is on federal or tribal land, then the process starts with the Federal Preservation Office or Tribal Preservation Office.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic and archeological resources in the United States.

Yes! You may apply for multiple markers in each grant round or in subsequent grant rounds. You may also apply for grants from different programs, including the Legends & Lore® marker program, National Register of Historic Places and our Historic Canals program. 

Our grants are open to all municipalities, charitable 501(c)(3) organizations and nonprofit academic institutions in New York State. The applying agency must fall into one of these categories. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of the property owner.

No. The Pomeroy Foundation pays for the marker, pole and shipping at no cost to you. Once the application for a marker is approved, you will receive an email with a Letter of Agreement to be signed electronically by an authorized representative of your organization. When this is completed, the Foundation will mail a check that covers the total cost to your organization, as well as information that explains how to order the marker from our authorized foundry.

Please use all the real estate on the marker. The online application includes blanks with limited character spaces to assist you in determining if your proposed text will fit on the marker. We require 1 title line and 5 lines of text. A required credit line at the bottom of the marker is already included for you.

Our grants do not require matching funds. The Pomeroy Foundation provides funds that cover the entire cost of the marker, pole and shipping. You are only responsible for the installation.