Technical Assistance Grants - 2012
The Preservation League launched a new grantmaking partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts with the debut of the Technical Assistance Grant program (TAG). The League’s Strategic Plan identified the need for a small grants program that would offset the cost of professional services needed to get a preservation project off the ground. TAG meets that need with grants of up to $3,000.
Not-for-profit groups and municipalities now have a new funding source to help them address restoration, stewardship, and reuse issues at arts and cultural facilities.
In its first year, TAG funds assisted projects undertaken by two municipalities and 11 not-for-profit groups with grants totaling $33,833. The 13 properties receiving timely assistance from architects, engineers and other design professionals include an urban house museum and a former mill now offering gallery spaces. The preservation challenges typify key issues faced by other institutions across the state.
The Preservation League of New York State launched the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program in 2012 to support discrete projects that preserve New York State’s cultural and historic resources.Grants of up to $3,000 are available to not-for-profit arts and cultural groups and municipalities managing historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures open to the public.
The Technical Assistance Grant Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information or to discuss your application, please contact the League’s Director of Preservation.
Historic Cherry Hall
Albany, Albany County
Built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer, Cherry Hill was continuously occupied by the same family until it became a museum in 1963. Fire is one of a house museum’s greatest threats and a risk assessment will help Historic Cherry Hill integrate best practices in fire prevention and suppression as it continues with a major restoration project.
Shaker Heritage Society
Colonie, Albany County
A structural engineering assessment for the former manure shed at this museum’s early 20th century barn complex will guide its rehabilitation and future use plans.
Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater
Gowanda, Cattaraugus County
The grant supports the ongoing restoration of the 1926 downtown theater through a rehabilitation study of existng seating with the goal of meeting building code and accessibility requirements.
Hanford Mills Museum
East Meredith, Delaware County
The sources of porch failure at the former Walter J. Smith Hardware Store, a key component of the milling hamlet museum complex, were examined through a conditions survey. The results will guide rehabilitation of this building which houses this group’s archive, offices, meeting space and the community post office.
Roxbury, Delaware County
An interior conditions assessment will guide restoration of this National Historic Landmark, the summer home (1910-1920) of famed naturalist and writer John Burroughs.
Historic Fort Plain
Fort Plain, Montgomery County
A handsome former Universalist Church, now vacant, holds the promise of hosting arts and community activities. The potential for reuse will be better understood thanks to the results of a building conditions survey.
Orleans Renaissance Group
Medina, Orleans County
The 1865 Bent’s Opera House typifies the multi-story, multi-purpose buildings constructed as community cultural and commercial anchors in the 19th century. Now vacant, a building code study will guide reuse options aimed at reintroducing public access to the third floor performance space.
Village of Cooperstown
Cooperstown, Otsego County
Designed by noted architect Ernest Flagg and completed in 1898, 22 Main Street houses a library, a gallery, government offices and the police station, making it the heart of Village activities. A feasibility study will examine how arts and government functions can be better accommodated in this landmark.
GARNER Arts Center
Garnerville, Rockland County
The TAG award funded a feasibility study to relocate the Arts Center’s main gallery to the former mill cafeteria, following extensive damage to the gallery building during Hurricane Irene.
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society
Bellport, Suffolk County
The grant supported an initial assessment of the 1833 Post-Crowell House, one of eight buildings owned by the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society. Findings will help the society begin long-term planning for the maintenance and capital needs of their building collection.
Newark Valley Historical Society
Newark Valley, Tioga County
A moisture-monitoring procedure will be established to address plaster and paint failure at the 1840 Bement-Billings Farmstead, the focal point of a living history museum.
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
Trumansburg, Tompkins County
Founded as a multi-arts center and performance space in a stately Greek Revival-style former church, the building suffers from roof, gutter and foundation damage, all due to water infiltration. The grant-supported building conditions survey establishes remedies and cost estimates to guide rehabilitation.
Village of Palmyra
Palmyra, Wayne County
The rare 1906 metal and wood Quatrefoil Bandstand remains the focal point of community activities including concerts and arts events, but required a conditions survey to guide its rehabilitation.