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 is 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.
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 Applications Sought for Preservation Grants 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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Sharron L. Hewston, Town Historian says
To Who It May Concern:
Would it be possible for me to apply for this Grant to enable us to improve our Town’s one room Heritage Museum within the Township of Jay.?
I will share with you my needs as follows, removal of the dropped ceiling, the ceiling spackled, new Museum lighting, and wall display shelves; the old carpet removed to expose the beautiful, black and white, hexagon shaped mini tiles of 1934. I would also need display cases. What I have now are antique and fragile! The room where I have created this amazing Museum of great interest was the Girls Locker Room in our former Primary / Jr. High Au Sable Forks School Building constructed of bricks.
Today, this structure houses our Towns Govt. Offices, Court, Museum, Senior Center, ACAP is upper stairs of this two story building. We host “Christmas In The Forks” annually in our auditorium and also host the Missing Children Basketball Tournaments annually. We are set up for Emergency Preparedness should a disaster hit within our community!
Please advise if our Township of Jay, our municipality might be eligible for any financial assistance to improve the multi historical displays within our Au Sable Forks Heritage Museum of which I am the Curator. I would greatly appreciate any assistance available.
I would like you to know what is within this one room ASF Heritage Museum of which I have put up pegboard, free standing walls to separate the various displays.
I have created a Military Wing in honor of all of our local Veterans with many unique Items from various wars such as the Civil War, Battle of Plattsburgh, WW!, WW2, and Vietnam. Items such as a Battlefield Radio / Telephone with Morse Code from WW2, disarmed grenade, military uniforms. I have local resident, Homer Facto’s Navy Hat when he served aboard the WW2 PT-109 Ship with his Skipper being President John F. Kennedy; an antique floor model radio and arm chair. Arto Monaco’s children Amusement Park collection from the “Land Of Makebelieve” and a 1950’s Gasoline Pump from there in Upper Jay, New York … Arto Monaco was tutored by Rockwell Kent, world renowned Artist. Arto worked as an Artist for Walt Disney Studio in California … I have the original “Herby The Love Bug” VW hood from the original vehicle from that movie made at Burbank Calf. Movie Studio, and the Prop Documentation as proof. I have the Au Sable Theatre early 1900’s Movie Projector, etc. from Main Street in Au Sable Forks with a leather case full of collectible, Traveling Movie Theatre Promotional Posters, and 2 original, large Cowboy Western Movie Poster from the same Theatre which I had framed to protect them. A section displaying a variety of items from our 4 local schools within our Township, teachers desk, child’s desk and chairs, the 1934 Geography roll up wall map from Mrs. P. Belmore’s Class Room in the building and so much more. Items from The J & J Rogers Co. Pulp & Paper Mills, The Robeson Acid Plant, all thriving here, long ago. The Iman Issette’s Main St. Shoe Store Collection from Au Sable Forks and his Store’s handcrafted Bench. The Charlie Beans late 1890’s – early 1900’s unique, Optometry Collection with Eye Examination Machines, cabinet filled with lenses, vision prescription booklets, a selection of wire and plastic frames from the late 1800’s through 1940’s and more … his store was also on Main Street in Au Sable Forks, New York. Dr. John Spranz equipment within his Display Cabinet. I have a unique Collection of Telephones from different eras, and an Operator’s Switchboard from a private home in Upper Jay. Here’s is a very important historical note, according to the J & J Rogers Co. Family history of the Industrial Era, Alexander Graham Bell came to Au Sable Forks to install his new “‘talkie” Telephone at the J & J Rogers Co. Rolling Mill Forge, here, in Au Sable Forks, and at the J & J Rogers Co. Black Brook Forge, in Black Brook, New York which is about 5 miles away. They feel strongly that we had the “First Commercial Telephone Call” made in the world, in 1876, right here, in our area of the Adirondack Mts. There’s Camera Collection A local Dairy Collection of Bottles Milk Crate etc, and there’s other items. It’s generous, former resident and local residents like Bob Monaco, Martha McMcann Terwilliger, and many others who have donated such wonderful pieces of our rich, local history to this Museum that make it what it is today. Most items have been donated in loving memories of their family members.
I also have a nice Collection of Genealogy of which I have been compiling over the years of our local families as the Township of Jay Historian, and Genealogist.
I have also created a local history site on face book … Au Sable Forks, New York 12912. Plans are in the works to attached to the Town of Jay official website …
I would love the opportunity to present everything with great pride as it should be to the Public … and it should be in a better looking room than I have with dropped and carpeted floor.
In closing, I thank you sincerely for your kind consideration in regards to my request.
Sharron L. Hewston
Township of Jay Historian & Genealogist
11 School Lane – Suite 111 (Museum)
Au Sable Forks , New York 12912
John Warren says
You’ll need to contact the Preservation League directly.