ALBANY, NY (01/25/2016)(readMedia)-- Not-for-profit groups and municipalities are invited to attend a free information session on Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), the signature grant programs of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
The meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street in New York. Erin Tobin, the League's Director of Preservation, will explain the requirements of the grants, the process of applying, and discuss some successful previous applicants. Hosted by the Neighborhood Preservation Center and co-sponsored by the Historic Districts Council, this program will include a presentation by Kristin Herron, Arts Program Director for Architecture + Design at NYSCA, who will briefly review funding opportunities for General Operating and Project Support for Fiscal Year 2017. Reservations are required, and seating is limited for this brown-bag lunch event. Please call (212) 228-2781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
A total of $265,128 available in 2016. This includes $255,128 in funding from NYSCA and $10,000 from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for the TAG program. The League will disburse this amount over two grant rounds, Preserve New York and TAG in the spring, and an additional TAG funding round in the fall.
"Through its grant programs, the League has strategically invested in the rehabilitation of historic places, leveraged significant additional cash and in-kind resources, and protected properties at the local, state and national level through landmark designations," said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. "These grants help the League's growing constituency conserve, protect and use their cultural resources, and are an important catalyst in realizing community preservation goals."
The application deadline for Spring TAG and 2016 Preserve New York is Monday, April 11. Guidelines for grants are posted on the League's website at www.preservenys.org. Prospective applicants must discuss proposed projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may contact Erin Tobin at 518-462-5658 x 12 for more information or to request an application.
Since 1993, Preserve New York has provided support for historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports and cultural resource surveys. In 2016, the program will also offer grants for building condition reports. The Preservation League especially encourages projects that advance the preservation of neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs; continue the use of historic buildings such as museums, opera houses, theaters, and libraries for cultural, interpretive, and artistic purposes; and identify and preserve architecture and landscapes designed after World War II. Preserve New York grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000.
The League launched the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program in 2012 to support projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources. Not-for-profit arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing arts/cultural facilities are encouraged to apply. The applicant group may apply for short-term, standalone projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies. Preparation of architectural plans and specifications are not eligible. TAG funding will not exceed $3,000 and the total cost of the applicant's project may not exceed $3,500. Each applicant must provide $500 toward the total project cost.
The Preservation League invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. It leads advocacy, economic development and education programs across New York State.
The Preserve New York Grant and Technical Assistance Grant programs are made possible through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
For a list of previous grant recipients, visit the League's website at www.preservenys.org.