Program Expands Eligibility Timeframe for History Dating to 1683
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The next regional round of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s New York State Historic Marker Grant Program is now open. Markers funded through the program commemorate historic people, places, things, or events in New York State within the timeframe of 1683 to 1922.
The current grant round covers the following counties: Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie (Region 7); Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego (Region 8); and Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, and Onondaga (Region 9).
“This signature program, along with other marker grant programs funded by the Pomeroy Foundation, is central to how we help communities bring greater recognition to their local history,” said Deryn Pomeroy, Trustee and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Pomeroy Foundation. “We have officially expanded the program’s eligibility timeframe and now communities can apply for markers commemorating history as early as 1683.”
Historic marker grants are available to local, state, and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State.
Those interested in applying for a marker grant must submit an online Letter of Intent (LOI) to verify primary sources by Monday, Dec. 12. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the marker text. Grants fund the entire cost of a cast aluminum marker, pole, and shipping. The final application deadline is Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.
“Markers benefit communities in several important ways, including educating the public, encouraging pride of place, and promoting historic tourism,” Pomeroy said.
To apply for an NYS marker during the current grant round, review application requirements, or view the complete grant schedule by region, visit: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/nys-historic-markers/
Since 2006, the Pomeroy Foundation has fully funded more than 950 markers through this program in all 62 New York State counties. Additional signature marker grant programs include Hungry for History®, Legends & Lore®, Patriot Burials™, Historic Transportation Canals, and National Register.
About the Pomeroy Foundation
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and working to improve the probability of finding appropriate donor matches or other life-saving treatments for blood cancer patients. Established by Trustee Bill Pomeroy in 2005 to bring together his two greatest passions, the Pomeroy Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization located in Syracuse, N.Y. As the nation’s leading funder of historic roadside markers, the Pomeroy Foundation has awarded nearly 2,000 grants for markers and bronze plaques in 46 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation, visit wgpfoundation.org.
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