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Preserve New York 2020 Applications Now Available!

January 22, 2020 4:16 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

Applications are now available for the 2020 cycle of the Preserve New York Grant Program. This program is a partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State. We also are thrilled to have generous additional support from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for projects occurring in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Preserve New York grant program is made possible through the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Preserve New York is open to 501c3 nonprofits and municipalities who steward historic buildings, or who are looking to do broad community preservation planning projects. Preserve New York generally funds between $3,000 and $10,000. Applicants are required to contribute at least a 20% cash match toward the total cost of the project. Eligible project types include:

  • Building Condition Reports
  • Historic Structure Reports
  • Cultural Landscape Reports
  • Cultural Resource Surveys

As you can see, these projects are all preservation planning studies. We do not offer funds for bricks and mortar projects. Thorough explanations of these project types as well as examples of previously funded projects are available on our website.


For your convenience and information, we have several workshops and one webinar coming up shortly about the Preserve New York program and other aspects of historic preservation in New York State:



These workshops and webinar are a chance to learn important information about how to apply, frequently asked questions, and see examples of successful previous projects. Here’s the schedule at a glance:


  • January 23rd, 2020: Binghamton
  • January 30th, 2020: Elmira
  • February 3rd, 2020: Webinar – available anywhere!
  • February 24th, 2020: Hornell


Please visit the link above if you’d like to register to participate in one of these presentations. We look forward to having you join us!


Guidelines for the Preserve New York program are also available on our website, but a PDF copy is attached to this here for your convenience. Please feel free to disseminate this information far and wide within your circles; we would love to speak with your friends and colleagues about potential projects.


This year, in order to apply, interested applicants are being asked to fill out the Preserve New York Application: Part I on our website whereas before, interested applicants were asked to call the League. Now you can fill out the Part I application and send it in any time you’d like! This form will help League staff to determine eligibility for the program and answer any questions you might have/provide some technical assistance on the process. After submitting Part I, you will hear from League staff about next steps for your project and receive Part II of the application form (along with instructions) if you are deemed eligible.

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing grants@preservenys.org

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