Funding available for roadside markers

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SYRACUSE — The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has announced the newest grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program has opened. The program commemorates the historical significance of transportation canals in the United States with roadside markers.

“Historically, transportation canals have played a significant role in development and commerce across the country,” shared Deryn Pomeroy, director of strategic initiatives of the Pomeroy Foundation.

“This marker program is an opportunity to spotlight these important historic waterways. Historic markers help educate the public, encourage pride of place, and promote economic activity,” Pomeroy added.

Canal markers must be installed near an existing or former canal site and recognize a historical fact that occurred more than 50 years before the year of the grant application, which is currently 1972, according to the announcement.

Canal marker grants are available to certified non-profit (501(c)(3) organizations as well as nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state, and federal government entities within the United States.

Grant funding includes the total cost of a marker, pole, and shipping, the announcement added.

Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online letter of intent by Wednesday, May 4.

The grant application deadline is Thursday, June 9.

To learn more about the Historic Transportation Canals Marker Program or to apply online, visit: www.wgpfoundation.org/history/historic-canals.

About the 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.

As the nation’s leading funder of historic roadside markers, the Pomeroy Foundation has awarded over 1,700 grants for markers and bronze plaques in 45 states, the organization said. To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation, visit wgpfoundation.org.

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