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Pomeroy Foundation Grants Available for Historic Markers in Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier

Program Expands Eligibility Timeframe

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 1923.

The current grant round covers the following counties: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins (Region 10); Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates (Region 11); and Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming (Region 12).

“We are proud to help communities across the Empire State bring greater recognition to their local history,” said Deryn Pomeroy, Trustee and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Pomeroy Foundation. “Markers benefit communities in several important ways, including educating the public, encouraging pride of place and promoting historic tourism.”

Historic marker grants are available to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. This new grant round for NYS Regions 10-12 is the first time that this applicant pool will be able to apply for historic markers commemorating history as early as 1683. The Pomeroy Foundation announced the expanded eligibility timeframe in fall 2022.

Those interested in applying for a marker grant must submit an online Letter of Intent (LOI) to verify primary sources by Monday, Feb. 27. 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, April 3.

To apply for an NYS marker during the current grant round, review application requirements or view the complete grant schedule by region, visit:

Since 2006, the Pomeroy Foundation has fully funded more than 1,000 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 more 2,000 grants for markers and bronze plaques in 48 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation, visit

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