Round Three: Matching Grants for Opening NY History Museums and Historical Societies
This third round of funding will be a matching grant for invited 501(c)(3) history-related organizations with operating budgets of $150,000 or less to raise up to $6,000 that will be matched up to $3,000 by the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History. These grants are intended to help with expenses incurred for museums to re-open safely under NY guidelines, multiply funding, grow their donor base, and find new avenues of support.
Grant proposals, including the amount you would like to raise, are due at 5 PM on July 20th.
If your proposal is accepted...
you will be notified on July 29 and your organization will be invited to launch your fundraising campaign with The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History’s commitment to match your funds at a 1:2 ratio. You must state the amount you intend to raise in your proposal. For every two dollars you raise, up to $6,000, The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History will grant one dollar up to $3,000. All donations must be received by October 1, 2020 to count towards your fundraising goal. Donations must come from a broad base of community support. Donations made prior to July 29, or donations made for other programs are not eligible as a match.
If you received funding in Round One or in Round Two you are eligible to apply but preference will be given to those who did not receive funding.
Please have this information ready before you open the online form in part one.
1. What is your reopening plan? Address the following in your response. (500 words or fewer)
- Has your museum reopened? If yes, when? If not, when do you anticipate opening?
- What safety measures have you/do you intend to implement?
- How would you use the funds?
- Share one example of how your museum will engage (or plans to engage) with your community under new safety guidelines.
2. How do you plan on raising these funds? Address the following in your response. (500 words or fewer)
- How will you identify potential donors?
- How will you communicate with your stakeholders about this opportunity?
- How will you engage board members and volunteers with supporting this opportunity?
- Share one example of how you will reach a new donor by leveraging the support of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History.
Grant Writing Resource:
We are sharing the narrative portions of successful grant applications from the First and Second Rounds of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History as models for anyone seeking examples of strong grant writing. Please note: these organizations have generously allowed MANY to publish their narratives as a resource for the community, please contact MANY Staff with further questions and refrain from contacting these organizations directly.
*DEADLINE EXTENDED* July 20 Deadline to Apply for Review
July 29 Notification of Invitation to Participate in Matching Grant Program
October 1 Fundraising Period Closes
October 5 Submit Donation Information Documentation
October 9 Funding Distribution
To Apply: Deadline to submit matching grant proposal is 5 PM Monday, July 20
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 email@example.com submit the following three documents as PDF files:
- 2020 Budget OR 2019 Organizational Budget if you have not yet opened
- 2018 OR 2019 990, 990 EZ, or 990 Postcard
- Responses to the two narrative questions (500 words or fewer each).
You will receive an email from Association Administrator 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.
Both components of the application are due by 5 PM Monday, July 20
The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History will match every dollar raised on a 1:2 basis. If you stated in your proposal that your museum could raise $1,000, anticipating a $500 award from the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History but you only raised $750, you will be awarded $375.
You can use the funds to re-open in 2021.
Donations can be publicly anonymous, but names must be submitted to match funds. The donor names will not be disclosed.
Annual Appeal donors can designate their gifts towards this match.
In-kind donations do not count towards the match.
Funds should be designated for safely reopening and maintaining your museum.
Have a question not listed here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-273-3400
The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History is a partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York (MANY). Applicants do not need to MANY members to be eligible to apply. All applications will be reviewed by MANY Staff, MANY Board, and Pomeroy Foundation Staff.
Congratulations to our First Round of Grant Awardees
Pomeroy Fund first round grantees are as follows
Anderson Falls Heritage Society
Black Rock Historical Society
Brentwood Historical Society
Broome County Historical Society
Clinton County Historical Association
Darwin R. Barker Library and Museum Association
Fulton County Historical Society
Gates Historical Society
Hasting Historical Society
Historic Red Hook
Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc.
Historical Society of Woodstock
Howland Stone Store Museum
Interlaken Historical Society
Java Historical Society
Lodi Historical Society
Macedon Historical Society
Mastic Peninsula Historical Society
Montgomery County Historical Society
National Bottle Museum
Nunda Historical Society
Oswego County Historical Society
Peekskill Museum, Inc.
Preservation Association of the Southern Tier
Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association
The Warsaw Historical Society and Gates House Museum
Town of Madison Historical Society
Town of New Scotland Historical Association
Town of West Bloomfield Historical Society
Wappingers Historical Society, Inc.
Yaphank Historical Society
Congratulations to our Second Round of Grant Awardees
Pomeroy Fund second round grantees are as follows
City Island Historical Society
Constable Hall Association, Inc.
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance
Friends of City Reliquary, Inc.
Friends of Mills Mansion
Greece Historical Society
Livingston County Historical Society
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum
North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association
Phelps Mansion Museum
Sodus Bay Historical Society
The Coney Island History Project Inc.
The Historical Society of the Town of Chester
The Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society
Waterville Historical Society
Webster Museum and Historical Society
West Seneca Historical Society and Museum