The newest grant round of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program is now open. This program commemorates the historical significance of transportation canals in the United States with roadside markers.
Canal marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state and federal government entities within the United States. Grant funding includes the full cost of a marker, pole and shipping.
Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online Letter of Intent which includes a proposed marker inscription and list of primary sources to verify the text on the marker by Monday, May 17th, 2021. The grant application deadline is Monday, June 21st, 2021.
Canal markers must be installed near an existing or former canal site and recognize a historical fact that occurred more than 50 years before the year of the grant application. Currently that year is 1971.
The colors of the markers in this program are light blue with black trim and lettering. Applicants have the option of selecting between two canal-themed logos.
In addition to the historic canals marker program, the Foundation offers marker grant programs with themes spanning from folklore and women’s suffrage to civil rights and the National Register of Historic Places. Search, filter and view all of the Foundation’s funded markers and plaques nationwide with its interactive, digital map feature.
To view program guidelines and details about how to apply online, visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s Historic Transportation Canals grant program webpage.
Photo of D&H Canal marker provided by Pomeroy Foundation.