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Preserve New York (PNY) Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to
Document Historical Buildings or Landscapes

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Preservation League of New York State (NYS) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

Deadline Date:

03/25/19 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants ranging between $3,000 and $10,000 to New York nonprofits and local agencies to identify and document local buildings or landscapes with historical or cultural significance. Applicants must contact the funding source to discuss their project prior to receiving an application. Funding is intended for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.

In 2019, the Preservation League especially 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.
- Identify and preserve architecture and landscapes designed after World War II.

A complete Historic Structure Report should include:
- A description of the building’s history, including occupants
- A building construction chronology
- An analysis of its current condition
- Drawings (may include sketches and measured drawings) and photographs
- Recommendations for its restoration, rehabilitation or treatment
- Preliminary cost estimates
- Specialized conservation study (e.g. paint analysis)

A Building Condition Survey should include:
- An analysis of the building’s overall current condition (interior and/or exterior)
- Illustrations, either drawings (may include sketches and measured drawings) or photographs
- Prioritized recommendations for the building’s restoration, rehabilitation or treatment
- Preliminary cost estimates

A complete Cultural Landscape Report should include, at a minimum:
- A description of the historic/physical development of the landscape
- An analysis of its current condition
- Drawings (may include sketches and measured drawings) and photographs
- Recommendations for its restoration, rehabilitation or treatment
- Preliminary cost estimates

A Cultural Resource Survey identifies, assesses and recognizes historic buildings, structures, and areas. A survey is undertaken when creating historic districts or otherwise planning for the preservation and revitalization of a historic area. A survey may be defined geographically (for example, a downtown commercial district or an entire village) or thematically (for example, barns or canal-related buildings throughout a town).

The grant program is intended to support the direct costs of carrying qualified projects. These can include consultant fees and in-state travel, photography, report production costs, and other associated expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178741

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000, although smaller or larger grants may be made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and units of local government are eligible to apply. Arts and cultural organizations are particularly encouraged to apply or support applications.

Groups may apply for site specific reports only if they own the site or have at least a 6 year lease by the application deadline. Structures owned by private individuals but leased by nonprofits or municipalities are ineligible for this program. If the applicant is a historic site, it must be open at least 120 days/year in order to qualify for the Preserve New York Program.

- State agencies, groups that steward state-owned buildings, NYS-owned sites, religious institutions, and private property owners are ineligible to apply.
- Applicants cannot apply to Preserve New York and the New York State Council on the Arts for the same project.
- The PNY program is not able to provide any capital or “bricks and mortar” funding.
- Structures owned by private individuals but leased by nonprofits or municipalities are ineligible for this program.
- Grant funds cannot be used toward applicant staff time or overhead costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2019 Grant Presentations
Horseheads, NY- 1/28
Manhattan, NY- 1/30
Riverhead, NY- 1/31
Old Westbury, NY- 2/1
Hudson, NY- 2/11
Oneonta, NY- 2/12
Bay Shore (LI), NY- 2/13

For more information about the grant workshops:
https://www.preservenys.org/grant-presentations.html

Contact Frances Gubler (see details in Contact Information below) regarding workshop registration.

Pre-Application Information:

Please note that the applicant first must discuss the project with the Preservation League before an applicant can receive an application. Applications are not available online. To receive or discuss an application, please contact Frances Gubler, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs.

Applications must be electronically submitted no later than Monday, March 25, 2019. 11:59 PM. Applicants will be notified by July 2019.

Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match. Every grant applicant must submit an organizational budget, whether the applicant is a not-for-profit organization or a municipality. The budgets submitted must reflect income and expenses for the organization.

This program also requires that a New York State Historic Resource Inventory Form be completed as part of the project if the building is not listed in the State and/or National Registers of Historic Places.

Additional Information: https://www.preservenys.org/grants.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application materials will only be accepted through the Foundation's special email account: grants@preservenys.org.

To receive or discuss an application, please contact:

Frances Gubler, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs
Phone: (518) 462-5658 ext 10
Email: fgubler@preservenys.org

Preservation League of New York State
44 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206-3002
Telephone 518-462-5658
info@preservenys.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York