Four local history-related organizations are among the 31 state groups that have received grant funding from the Pomeroy Fund for New York State History.
The fund has awarded $50,808 — in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 — to help organizations that have been forced to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the greater Capital Region, recipients are: The Fulton County Historical Society in Gloversville; the Montgomery County Historical Society in Fort Johnson; the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa; and the Town of New Scotland Historical Association.
All groups have operating budgets of $100,000 or less — a qualifying factor for grant consideration.
“History organizations help to enrich our communities,” said Bill Pomeroy, founder and trustee of the Syracuse-based William G. Pomeroy Foundation, in a press release. “The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History was established to provide much needed assistance during these challenging times. This was a very competitive grant program and our hope is that the funding that’s been awarded will make a meaningful difference in the time ahead.”
Erika Sanger, executive director for the Museum Association of New York, said fund officials reviewed more than 170 grant applications totaling almost $300,000 in requests.
“This incredible response demonstrates how deeply our museums have been hit by this crisis and how much support it will take to get New York’s museums open and functioning again,” Sanger said. “We are grateful for the Pomeroy Foundation for being a leader in our state’s philanthropic community and reaching out to help history organizations in these uncertain times.”
The Pomeroy Foundation and the museum association are planning a second grant round that will provide an additional $50,000 for general operating support.
The foundation, which supports the celebration and preservation of community history, was established in 2005. Since 2006, the foundation has funded over 1,000 markers and plaques nationwide.