Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 2017 Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Preservation League of New York State.
The application deadline for spring TAG and 2017 Preserve New York is March 27.
A total of $306,678 is available in 2017. This includes: $256,678 in funding from NYSCA; $40,000 from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for Preserve New York projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties; and $10,000 for the TAG program from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for projects in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. This amount will be disbursed over two grant rounds, Preserve New York and TAG in the spring, and an additional TAG funding round in the fall.
Preserve New York
Preserve New York supports historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.
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; or a cultural resource survey of a downtown or residential neighborhood.
Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program, launched in 2012, supports 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, stand-alone 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.
“These grants provide much needed resources for the planning or study of your building to determine structural capacity and needs,” said Arts Council of Wyoming County Director Jackie Hoyt. “They might not pay for the bricks and mortar phase of a building in need of structural repairs, but they help with funding the study of the problem and solutions.”
Hoyt has served on two non-profit agencies for close to 30 years. In that time, she had the opportunity to receive grants on behalf of the ACWC, and the Cordelia A. Greene Library, Castile. Hoyt was the director at the library for almost 20 years before becoming director at the ACWC.
“Quite often small organizations with limited funding do not have that kind of resource to pay for that kind of study. The study might reveal significant building problems or not. Having that knowledge enables and empowers the organizations to present their need to other funding sources, or the community. I believe the same concept applies for archival materials and proper storage or protection.
“Sometimes the study and recommendations provide solutions or options that are within the scope of the organization's budget or resources.”
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. Ten projects in 10 counties, including Wyoming, were awarded $28,690. NYSCA contributed $18,690, and $10,000 came 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 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
For more information on the Preserve New York grant program, call (518) 462-5658 or visit the League's website at www.preservenys.org.
Guidelines for grants are posted on the League's website. Prospective applicants must discuss proposed projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application. Contact Erin Tobin, director of preservation, at (518) 462-5658, ext. 12, for more information or to request an application.