New York State Historic Marker Grant Program
One of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s core initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history. The Foundation strongly believes that historic markers play an important role in local historic preservation by serving a dual purpose. They educate the public and foster historic tourism, which in turn can provide much needed economic benefits to the towns and villages where the markers are placed. The program also fills a gap, as New York State stopped funding their roadside markers in 1939.
Our New York State Historic Marker Grant Program commemorates historic people, places, things or events within the time frame of 1740-1921. Since 2006, the Foundation has funded more than 700 markers in 58 New York State counties.Apply for Grant
*Important update – 4/26/21* Please note, the online letter of intent (LOI) is now a required part of the application process. Your LOI must be submitted and approved by Foundation staff in order to access the grant application.
This program is open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Applicants may apply for up to five (5) markers per grant round.
Marker Design and Text Guidelines
The colors of this program’s markers are blue with yellow highlighted lettering and border. 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.
Primary source documentation is required to verify historical accuracy. The applying agency is responsible for providing photocopies of sources and specific statements used to verify historical facts. If selected, the strength of supporting materials substantially decreases the time-frame between acceptance and funding. If the William G. Pomeroy Foundation cannot substantiate the historical accuracy based on the supporting documentation provided, the opportunity for approval is limited.
NOTE: Images provided with applications may be uploaded. Please underline, highlight or otherwise indicate relevant text.
Check out the Foundation’s pre-recorded webinar: Tips for Preparing a Successful Marker Grant Application
The required LOI (Letter of Intent) and application are only accepted online. To create an account to initiate the LOI/application process, please use this link:
The LOI allows Foundation staff to determine if additional primary sources are required and if the proposed marker text fits Foundation criteria before the applicant completes a full grant application. Once submitted, an emailed response is provided in approximately one week.
LOIs must include the following:
- list of primary sources
- proposed inscription for marker
Applications must include the following:
- proposed installation location in specific detail (including GPS coordinates)
- brief description and historical significance of what is being commemorated
- proposed inscription for marker
- IRS Determination Letter [for 501(c)(3) organizations only]
- letter from the landowner granting permission for the marker to be installed
- primary source documents verifying proposed inscription
Marker grants are fully funded and include the marker, pole and shipping costs. If approved, the Foundation will mail a check for the total amount made payable to the applying agency upon receipt of signed Acceptance Letter. Instructions for ordering the marker will accompany the grant check. The grant recipient is responsible for installation of the marker.