Preservation Funding Available

Applications due by 9/12/16 for Technical Assistance Grants

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ALBANY, NY (08/05/2016)(readMedia)-- Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State. For a second year, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has provided additional support for the fall TAG funding round.

A total of $34,528 is available, which includes $24,528 from NYSCA and $10,000 from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Funds from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor must be used within the corridor. The first of two grant rounds for 2016 awarded $28,600 to ten projects in ten counties.

"TAG funding helps not-for-profit groups and municipalities secure the services of architects, engineers and other professionals to preserve historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are open to the public," 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."

"Ensuring the vitality of our state's diverse and numerous architectural, historic and artistic resources enriches the lives of all New Yorkers and visitors to our state. It is central to the mission of the New York State Council on the Arts to preserve and advance the enjoyment and use of the shared cultural heritage that underscores New York State as an exceptional place to live, work, and visit," said NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. "NYSCA is happy to support Technical Assistance Grants in partnership with the Preservation League of New York State."

"We are pleased to partner with the Preservation League of New York State and New York State Council on the Arts to direct technical assistance funding to protect critical cultural and historic resources within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor," said Executive Director Bob Radliff.

The application deadline for the Fall TAG round is Monday, September 12. Guidelines for grants are posted on the League's website at Prospective applicants must discuss projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application. Contact the Preservation League at 518-462-5658 x 10 for more information or to request an application.

The New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State launched the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program in 2012 to support discrete 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. Grant support is available for professional studies including: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies. Preparation of architectural plans and specifications are not eligible.

Grant amounts 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 Technical Assistance Grant program is 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