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Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to Document Historical Buildings or Landscapes

Preserve New York (PNY) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 178741
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Preservation League of New York State (NYS), and Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/24/23
Deadline: 03/31/23 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to identify and document local buildings or landscapes with historical or cultural significance. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for projects that identify, document and preserve New York’s cultural and historic buildings, structures, and landscapes. The applicant organization must be the owner of or have at least a 6-year lease on the building that is the subject of the application.

Preserve New York makes grants for:

  • Historic structure reports: A historic structure report is a comprehensive building documentation study, usually undertaken at the beginning of a major restoration or rehabilitation project.
  • Building condition reports: A condition report, like a historic structure report, is a comprehensive document that provides a thorough understanding of condition issues and how to address them.
  • Cultural landscape reports: A cultural landscape report is a comprehensive landscape documentation study, usually undertaken at the beginning of a major restoration or rehabilitation project. 
  • Cultural resource surveys: A cultural resource survey identifies, assesses, and recognizes historic buildings, structures, and areas. A survey is undertaken when creating historic districts or otherwise planning for the preservation and revitalization of a historic area.

The grant program is intended to support the direct consultant costs of carrying out the types of projects described above. These can include consultant fees and in-state travel, photography, report production costs, and other associated expenses.

In 2023, the Preservation League especially encourages projects that:

  • Identify and preserve architecture and landscapes associated with underrepresented communities or that address issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Advance the preservation of neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs.
  • Continue the use of historic buildings such as museums, opera houses, theaters, and libraries for cultural, interpretive, and artistic purposes.
  • Respond to challenges created by climate change. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and units of local government are eligible to apply. Arts and cultural organizations are particularly encouraged to apply or support applications.

Applicants that previously received PNY or TAG funding must have successfully completed their projects to be eligible for the 2023 grant round.

For site-specific report projects (Historic Structure, Building Condition, or Cultural Landscape Reports) the applicant must own or have a long-term lease (at least 6 years remaining at time of application) on the building or resource that is the subject of the application. In the case of a lease, the owner must also be a 501c3 non-profit or municipality. If the applicant is a historic site, it must be open at least 120 days/year to qualify for the Preserve New York Program.

State agencies, groups that steward state-owned buildings, NYS-owned sites, religious institutions, school districts, and private property owners are not eligible to apply.

Properties owned by private individuals but leased by non-profit groups or municipalities are not eligible for this program.

This program will not fund capital repairs or construction costs, architectural plans and specifications, schematic designs, or construction documents. Preserve NY does not fund archaeological surveys.

Grant funds cannot be used toward applicant staff time or overhead costs or to reimburse project expenses already incurred.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Preserve New York grant webinars: These webinars feature information on eligibility requirements, examples of the types of projects funded, and how to apply.

Wednesday, January 25, 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Click here to register:

In-Person Grant Workshops:

Wednesday, January 18, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | Long Island Grant Workshop with the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Preservation League of NYS, Greater Hudson Heritage Network, NY Landmarks Conservancy's Sacred Sites, and Long Island University's Digitizing Long Island. RSVP by January 13 to

Wednesday, February 1, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Preserve New York Grant Workshop at Adirondack Architectural Heritage | 1745 Main Street, Keeseville, NY 12944.

Virtual office hours: These drop-in help sessions are for Q&A and personalized assistance.

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m. - PNY Drop-in grant help session. Click here to register:

Thursday, February 23, 10:00-11:00 a.m. - PNY Drop-in grant help session. Click here to register:

Wednesday, March 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. - PNY Drop-in grant help session. Click here to register:

Monday, March 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. - PNY Drop-in grant help session. Click here to register:

Pre-Application Information
- All interested applicants must submit a pre-application to receive a full application form. Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 24.
- Applications for the 2023 Preserve New York grant cycle are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 31.
- Applicants will be notified by email approximately 12 weeks after the application deadline.

Eligible groups may apply for only one project per grant cycle.

The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match.


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants are likely to range between $5,000 and $14,000, although Preserve New York grants have been awarded for as low as $2,000 and as high as $20,000.

Contact Information
Submit a pre-application at the Full Grant text RFP.

For questions, contact Janna Rudler, Grants and Technical Services Manager:
(518) 462 – 5658 x10 or

New York State Council on the Arts
44 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12206

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