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Pomeroy Fund Expands Eligibility in 2nd Grant Round to Support NYS History Organizations

Museum Association of New York to Accept Online Applications Beginning May 28

Troy, N.Y. — The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History, a partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York (MANY), will provide an additional $50,000 in grants to assist 501(c)(3) history-related organizations with general operating expenses in 2020. MANY will begin accepting applications on its website Thursday, May 28.

An organization must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a Pomeroy Fund grant during this second round:

  • Based in New York State
  • Mission must include history
  • An annual budget of $150,000 or less
  • Have no fewer than 250 open hours/program delivery hours in 2019

Pomeroy Fund grants will be made on a sliding scale between $1,000 and $5,000 based on budget size. A total of 18 grants will be made. Awarded funds can be used for general operating expenses. Organizations that have already received a Pomeroy Fund for NYS History grant in 2020 are not eligible in this round. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, June 10, and funds will be disbursed starting Wednesday, June 24.

“The first round of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History granted over $50,000 to 31 history organizations across the state,” said Bill Pomeroy, Founder and Trustee of the Pomeroy Foundation. “What we saw with this initiative reaffirmed that history organizations need support now more than ever. In this second round of funding, we’ve expanded the eligibility and broadened the scope of how the funds can be used to enable grantees to have the greatest amount of flexibility during this critical time.”

“We were overwhelmed by the scope and the need for support that we saw in the first round of grant requests and we are grateful for the Pomeroy Foundation’s swift and generous response with this second round of funding,” said Erika Sanger, Executive Director for the Museum Association of New York.

To begin an application starting May 28 or to learn more, visit the Pomeroy Fund webpage at:

Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel that includes MANY Board members, MANY staff and Pomeroy Foundation staff. Grants are available to all qualified organizations; an organization does not have to be a member of MANY to receive funding, nor will preference be given to MANY members. Funding notifications and assistance grants will be issued in June.

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About the Pomeroy Foundation
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded over 1,000 roadside markers and plaques nationwide. Visit:

Twitter: @wgpfoundation
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About MANY
The Museum Association of New York inspires, connects, and strengthens New York’s cultural community statewide by advocating, educating, collaborating, and supporting professional standards and organizational development. MANY ensures that New York State museums operate at their full potential as economic drivers and essential components of their communities. Visit

Twitter: @nysmuseums
Instagram: @nysmuseums

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William G. Pomeroy Foundation