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The Museum Association of New York is pleased to partner

with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for a fifth round of funding through

The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History.

About this Opportunity

This round of funding will offer grants in amounts up to and including $5,000 for salary support/hourly wages to bring back or hire museum educators who will plan and deliver interpretative educational programs. These may include school programs, teen programs, early childhood programs, family days, festivals, programs for older adults, programs for new Americans, or targeted, audience-specific programs identified in the grant application.

Funding should not be used as a substitute for existing (budgeted) staff salaries and hours, but can be used to increase staff hours for the aforementioned purposes.

Funds will be granted to museums for education staff who will offer in-person programming, but programs may include a virtual component.

Open to eligible 501c3 history-related organizations in New York State with budgets up to $250,000. Town historians and municipally owned historical societies are ineligible. Applicants do not need to be members of MANY to apply.

Grants must be used within one year of disbursement; all funds must be expended before October 31, 2023.

This round of grant funding has closed.


How to Apply

The application is in two parts.

Part One

Complete a Google form with the required information as listed below. We recommend gathering this information in advance before you start working on the form.

Required Information to enter in the Google Form:

  • Legal Name/DBA
  • Mailing Address
  • Website Address
  • EIN Number
  • Contact Person Name and Title
  • Contact Person Email
  • Contact Person Active Phone Number
  • Mission Statement
  • Open seasonally or year-round
  • Number of in-person programs in 2019
  • Number of in-person programs in 2021
  • Number of virtual programs in 2021
  • 2021 operating budget

This round of grant funding has closed.

Part Two

In an email to awhitworth@nysmuseums.org with the subject line “Pomeroy Fund for NYS History Round Five” attach a pdf of your most recent 990 Form or Audit (990 EZ, 990 Postcard accepted)

Reply to the following questions in less than 250 words for each question and attach to the email as a PDF.

  1. Who will you hire? If you have not identified the person at the time you are writing this grant proposal, please use this space to let us know the qualifications and/or skills you are seeking in a candidate.
  2. What type(s) of programs will you offer?
  3. When will you offer these programs?
  4. Who is your audience for these programs?
  5. How will it make a difference in your community?
  6. How will you measure success?
  7. How will you continue to fund the position after the grant funds are spent?

Reporting Requirements

If funded, an interim report will be due April 30, 2022. This may serve as a final report if the grant funds are fully expended.

Final Report is due on November 30, 2023. The report should include a statement not to exceed 500 words about how the grant funds have been spent.

Important Dates

The application portal will open on July 18 and close on September 23.

Successful applicants will be notified on or before October 21, 2022.

Proposed projects cannot begin before November 1, 2022.


About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation 

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and working to improve the probability of finding appropriate donor matches or other life-saving treatments for blood cancer patients. Established by Trustee Bill Pomeroy in 2005 to bring together his two greatest passions, the Pomeroy Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization located in Syracuse, N.Y. As the nation’s leading funder of historic roadside markers, the Pomeroy Foundation has awarded over 1,800 grants for markers and bronze plaques in 46 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation, visit wgpfoundation.org.


About the Museum Association of New York

The Museum Association of New York is the only statewide museum service organization with more than 700 member museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums. MANY helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities. Visit www.nysmuseums.org and follow MANY on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @nysmuseums

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

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

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