February 9, 2013

Grants available for preservation prelim


---- — ALBANY — Municipalities and nonprofit organizations may apply for grants through two programs of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts.

A total of $100,000 is available for historic-structure reports, historic-landscape reports and cultural-resource surveys. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000 each. The application deadline is May 1.

Eligible projects may include but not be limited to: a historic structure report for a cultural institution or public building; a historic landscape report for an Olmsted-designed park; or a cultural resource survey of a downtown or residential neighborhood.


This year, the league especially encourages projects that advance the preservation of neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the state Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit; continue the use of historic public buildings such as museums, theaters and libraries for cultural, interpretive and artistic purposes; identify and protect buildings and cultural landscapes at risk due to technological, transportation and energy developments; and identify and preserve architecture and landscapes designed after World War II.

Find guidelines at then contact the Preservation League to discuss projects and request an application form.


Also, a total of $45,103 is available to provide support for projects that preserve the state’s cultural and historic resources. Deadline to apply for these funds is also May 1.

The grants will support professional services of architects, engineers and other design and preservation professionals working with nonprofit groups and municipalities to preserve their arts and cultural buildings, structures and other resources.

Funds will be disbursed in two grant cycles in 2013. 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.


Nonprofit arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing arts/cultural facilities are encouraged to apply.

The applicant group may apply for short-term, discrete projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, 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.

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 Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For a list of previous Preserve New York and TAG recipients, visit the League’s website at