Historic Preservation Grants Available

Applications due by 3/25/19 for Preserve New York Grants

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ALBANY, NY (01/03/2019) (readMedia)-- ALBANY, January 2, 2019 - The Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation announced today that their annual Preserve New York grant applications are now open. Launched in 1993 through a partnership between NYSCA and the Preservation League, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Since 2017, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided generous additional support for projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Through its Preserve New York grant program, 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. These grants help municipalities and not-for-profit organizations conserve and protect their cultural resources and are an important catalyst in realizing community preservation goals. "The Preservation League of New York State plays a vital role in our state's culture and our communities, ensuring that the historic structures that embody our heritage and generations of artistry can be appreciated for years to come," said New York State Council on the Arts Chair Katherine Nicholls. "NYSCA is deeply grateful for our Preserve New York partnership, which supports our mission to sustain and expand our state's cultural resources."

Preserve New York will have over $250,000 grant funding available in 2019. This includes over $210,000 in funding from NYSCA and $40,000 from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. "This collaboration between the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and the Preservation League of NYS focuses on our Long Island historic communities.

These awards offer professional evaluation and awareness on how to best to proceed toward protecting their historic structures," said Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and units of local government are eligible to apply. Arts and cultural organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants cannot apply to Preserve New York and the New York State Council on the Arts for the same project.

Guidelines and a list of frequently asked questions for Preserve New York are available on the League's website at www.preservenys.org/preserve-new-york. Applications are not available online. Prospective applicants must discuss their proposed project with Frances Gubler, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs at the League by calling (518) 462-5658 x 10 or by email at fgubler@preservenys.org. The Preserve New York application deadline is March 25th.

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.