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The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History is a new partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).

This second round of grant funding will provide general operating funds to 501(c)(3) history-related organizations in New York State with operating budgets of $150,000 or less with no fewer than 250 open hours in 2019. Open hours are defined as hours open to the public and/or delivering programs to members and/or to the general public.

Grants will be made on a sliding scale between $1,000 to $5,000 based on budget size. A total of $50,000 will be distributed.

Eighteen grants will be made in the following distribution:

  • Two grants of $5,000 to organizations $100,000 - $150,000
  • Four grants of $4,000 to organizations $50,000 - $99,999
  • Six grants of $3,000 to organizations $25,000 - $49,999
  • Six grants of $1,000 to organizations $24,999 and below

Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel that will include MANY Board, MANY Staff and Pomeroy Foundation Staff. 

Your organization is not eligible if it received funds in Round One. If you applied in Round One but did not receive funding, you must re-apply to be considered for Round Two.

Grants are available to all eligible organizations; an organization does not have to be a member of MANY to receive funding, nor will preference be given to MANY members. Municipalities are not eligible for funding.

Grant applications will be accepted from May 28 until 5 PM June 10.


Required Information 

Please have this information ready before you open the online form in part one. 

  • Legal Name/DBA
  • Mailing Address
  • Website
  • EIN Number
  • Board President Name
  • Contact Person Name and Title
  • Contact Person Email
  • Contact Person Active Phone Number
  • Mission Statement
  • 2019 Operating Budget Range (related to grant distributions explained above)
  • Open Seasonally or Year-Round
  • Number of Open Hours (including programs) in 2019

Required Documents:

  • 2019 Organizational Budget
  • First page of 2018/2019 990 Form (990 EZ and 990-N ePostcard accepted) or Audit
  • Reply to the following three questions in 500 words or fewer per question and send as a PDF:
        • What types of programs do you offer?
        • Who is your audience?
        • How do you make an impact in your community?

To Apply: Grant applications will open May 28 and close at 5 PM on June 10

1. Please fill out this online form. You must complete the form all at once. If partially done, your information will not be saved.

When you have submitted the form, you will receive an automatic email confirmation with a copy of your application responses. 

2. In an email to hdesmeules@nysmuseums.org submit the following three documents as PDF files:

  • 2019 Organizational Budget
  • First page of 2018/2019 990 Form (990 EZ and 990-N ePostcard accepted) or Audit
  • Reply to the following three questions in 500 words or fewer per question (please submit your responses in one document as an email attachment, not in the body of your email):
        • What types of programs do you offer?
        • Who is your audience?
        • How do you make an impact in your community?


You will receive a confirmation email from Hadley DesMeules acknowledging the receipt of your documents and the completion of your application. Due to the volume of applications, confirmations may not be immediate.

Grant applications will open May 28

Both components of the application must be submitted by 5 PM on June 10.

Have a question? Please email info@nysmuseums.org

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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