Preservation Grants Available

Applications due by 4/11/16 for League's Signature Grant Programs

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ALBANY, NY (12/21/2015)(readMedia)-- Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 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).

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 Prospective applicants must discuss proposed projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application. Contact Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation, at 518-462-5658 x 12 for more information or to request an application.

Preserve New York

The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) are pleased to offer the 2016 Preserve New York (PNY) Grant Program. 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.

Eligible projects may include but not be limited to: a historic structure report for a historic site; a building condition report for a local library; a cultural landscape report for an Olmsted-designed park; a cultural resource survey of a downtown or residential neighborhood.

In 2016, 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.

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)

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. 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.

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 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will again provide additional support for projects within the Corridor. The Fall 2015 TAG round was the first to benefit from this supplemental funding, and awarded $28,690 to ten projects in ten counties using $18,690 from NYSCA and $10,000 from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

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