The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League are pleased to offer the Preserve New York grant program

Launched in 1993, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.

Applicants must be a unit of local government or a nonprofit group with tax-exempt status. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000.

Technical Services staff completed a report in 2016 titled Preserve New York: A Catalyst for Community Preservation. This report charts the impact of the Preserve New York grant program from 2005-2012 and assesses preservation activities that occurred after these reports were completed.


A signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State, made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional support for projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.



To receive or discuss an application, please contact:

Frances M. Stern
Manager of Technical & Grant Programs
518.462.5658 ext. 10