Two organizations awarded art grants

Two Montgomery County organizations have received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts together with the Preservation League of New York State and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation through Preserve New York, according to a news release.

They are the village of Palatine Bridge — $5,600 and the Amsterdam Free Library — $12,000.

The grant to Palatine Bridge will enable the village to hire Jessie Ravage of Cooperstown to complete a state and national register nomination for the village. Palatine Bridge is located in a qualifying census tract for state rehabilitation tax credits, and if the nomination is successful, homeowners would be eligible for rehabilitation tax credits for approved repairs to older buildings.

The grant to the library will enable the library to hire John G. Waite Associates of Albany to complete a historic structure report of the library building. This report will serve as complete documentation of the building’s history and a guide for future maintenance. The need for the study became even more urgent in June when the building was damaged by fire. 

“At its July 2017 meeting, the Preserve New York panel selected 30 applicants in 21 counties around the state to share $239,634 in funding,” said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League. “As always, the competition for these funds was intense. We are delighted to help advance the preservation efforts of these organizations with timely funding from Preserve New York.”

Launched in 1993, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.

Applicants must be a unit of local government or a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply.

The program provides support up to 80 percent of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20 percent of the total project cost as a cash match. Grants generally range between $3,000 and $10,000.