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Next round of historic marker grants set

A historical marker stands near the point with the Battle of Stone Arabia took place. The Fort Plain Museum was awarded a $50,000 grant to be used to study where the exact boundaries of the battle were and to work in the future to preserve properties which may have historic significance to the battle. (Source: Destinations)

SYRACUSE — The William G. Pomeroy Foundation will officially open the next grant round of its New York State Historic Marker Grant Program beginning today.

The program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in the state from 1740 to 1920. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

The grant round is available to the following counties: Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie (Region 7); Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego (Region 8); Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Onondaga (Region 9).

The Historic Marker Grant Program is open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations in the state. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of a property owner.

Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online letter of intent to verify primary sources by Monday, Dec. 16. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Monday, Jan. 20. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker program page. A complete grant schedule by region is also on the foundation’s website.

Additional marker grant programs include the Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program, National Register Signage Grant Program and National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program. The foundation’s website also features an interactive, digital map that can be filtered across several categories to view current markers and plaques.

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a grant-making foundation based in Syracuse. One of its initiatives is to help communities celebrate their history with fully funded roadside markers. Since 2006, the foundation has funded nearly 1,000 roadside markers and plaques in multiple states. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit www.wgpfoundation.org

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