Historic Marker Grant Programs to Look Out for in 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The fight for women’s suffrage. Transportation canals that helped shape the nation. Folklore that’s important to local communities. Locations on the National Register of Historic Places.

These are the themes of four nationwide roadside marker grant programs funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. One of the Foundation’s main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history by providing grants for roadside markers and plaques.

As you plan for 2021, consider how your community, region or state’s history and folklore may tie in to one of these marker grant programs. If you work with students, this may be the perfect opportunity to involve them in a research project that will have an impact.

To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation and its nationwide marker grant programs, visit wgpfoundation.org. Program guidelines and how to apply are available at the following links:

National Register Signage Grant Program

Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program

Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program

National Votes for Women Trail

Since 2006, the Pomeroy Foundation has funded more than 1,300 markers and plaques nationwide. Marker grants are open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations. Grants cover the cost of a cast aluminum marker, pole and shipping.

Contact Us

Are you currently involved with a marker program, or are a representative of a nonprofit or government organization and would like to start your own marker program? Let’s connect. Email Ms. Deryn Pomeroy, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at deryn@wgpfoundation.org. For general questions about applying for a marker grant, email info@wgpfoundation.org.


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