NYS Historic Markers
Can I apply for more than one marker grant at the same time?
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.
How many markers do you fund in each round? Will submitting my application early increase my chances of receiving funding?
Our historic signage grants are non-competitive, which means we do not limit the number of marker grants awarded in each grant round. We do ask that if you are applying for more than five (5) markers to contact Christy at 315-913-4060 or email email@example.com for pre-approval. All applications submitted by the regional deadlines are considered for funding.
If my application is not approved due to insufficient documentation, may we resubmit our application during a future grant round if our documentation is complete?
Yes. However, we often grant 30-day extensions to applicants in order to allow time to gather any additional primary sources we may request in support of your application.
I’m not sure of the best wording for the inscription on our historic marker. Can you help me?
Yes! Please give it your best shot first. It is common for us to suggest alternative text, even without being asked. Include the names of people being commemorated on the title line of the marker. For example, “Amelia Jenks Bloomer” or “Jonathan Smith.” If there are too many to fit the marker, note their significance, as in “Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried Here.” Review our historic signage map for inspiration. Finally, we’re always happy to help! Contact us with questions about your proposed inscription.
Can I apply for a marker commemorating my home or commercial business?
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.
Why do we need to provide primary sources when the information appears in several books?
We can all agree that historic markers need to be historically accurate. The only way to ensure that is with primary sources. If the name William G. Pomeroy Foundation is on the credit line, we want to assure readers that the inscription may be relied upon without a doubt as being well-researched, well-written and historically accurate. Not only for those of us who are enjoying the markers today, but for future generations.
Do we pay for the marker?
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.
What if the inscription does not fill all the space on the marker?
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.
My organization has a small budget. Will there be a cost if we are awarded a marker grant?
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.