Oaks Announces 2005 Preserve New York Grant Program

January 26, 2005

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R-Macedon), the Assembly’s deputy minority leader, has announced that $76,000 in grant funding is available for historic preservation and revitalization initiatives. The grants, administered by the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts, are available to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations that promote historic preservation and smart growth.

"This grant program will ensure the preservation and growth of our historic building and sites in our community," Oaks said. "More and more, communities have discovered the value historic structures and sites add to the cultural tourism quotient."

Oaks said municipalities and not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply for grants in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $15,000. The grants can be used only for historic structure reports, historic landscape reports and cultural resource surveys.

"I urge all those who are eligible to apply for this program," Oaks said. "New York’s rich history is represented in these important buildings. They deserve to be preserved."

Potential applicants may contact Tania Werbizky at the Preservation League at (607) 272-6510, or Lorraine E. Weiss at (518) 462-5658, ext. 12, or via e-mail at lweiss@preservenys.org for more information and an application. Applications must be postmarked by May 2.