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Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation Grant Program for New York


The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation is inviting proposals for its grant program to invest in activities that will have a long-term, sustainable influence in the preservation of Suffolk County heritage and also upon the ability of relevant organizations to carry out their missions.

Donor Name: Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation

State: New York

County: Suffolk County (NY)

Town: Islip

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 03/04/2022

Grant Size: $500,000


The Foundation seeks to support organizations that demonstrate strong and organized internal capacity; effectiveness in their field; and the financial and human resources as well as intellectual capacity to manage the project successfully. No more than two proposals may be submitted in one year by any single organization or entity.

Candidates for funding must demonstrate:
  • their ability to financially sustain the project and
  • that the project contributes to the sustainability of the organization.
The purpose of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is:
  • To educate and inform the general public in the State of New York, particularly in the area of the Town of Islip and more generally in Suffolk County, concerning the culture, art and tradition of the locality;
  • To cultivate, foster and promote interest in, and understanding and appreciation of the societal heritage of Town of Islip, particularly during the nineteenth century;
  • To encourage and sponsor the creation and perpetuation by existing and future historical societies of collections and repositories for the deposit, collection and examination of documents and artifacts of various kinds relevant to such heritage and traditions; and
  • To sponsor and encourage the preservation, restoration and exhibition by existing and future historical societies of at least one facility appropriate to such purpose.
Funding Priorities
  • Objects Conservation: Cataloging & Digital Imaging, Conservation of Objects, Collections Care, Acquisitions
  • Historic Preservation: Cultural Resource/Historic Landscape Survey, Historic Structure Report/Condition Assessment, Structural Stabilization/Restoration, Adaptive Reuse/New Construction (Structural Stabilization/Restoration, Adaptive Use/New Construction projects are defined as proposals seeking funding to restore or construct a new facility or add to a current facility or purchase equipment with an expected useful life of at least three years.
  • Programs: Higher Education, Community Education, Primary/Secondary Education, Outreach Programs, Research (including archeology), Exhibition, Events/Community Activities
  • Capacity BuildingNew technology equipment (e.g. computers); volunteer development; temporary consultant; strategic planning; staff training and internal operations planning, resource development planning; customer service and program delivery planning; marketing and communications planning; community engagement/partnership development; board, governance or leadership.
Funding Information
  • Up to $300,000.00 | Non-Matching Grants
    • Cataloging & Digital Imaging
    • Conservation of Objects
    • Collections Care
  • Up to $100,000.00 | 50% Matching Grants
    • The following grants require that the applicant has raised half of the funds needed to complete the project:
  • Up to $50,000.00 | Non-Matching Grants
  • Up to $500,000.00 | 50% Matching Grants
    • The following grants require that the applicant has raised half of the funds needed to complete the project:
      • Structural Stabilization & Restoration
      • Adaptive Reuse & New Construction
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be non-profit, qualifying as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Historical societies, historians, anthropologists, academic institutions, museums and similar organizations are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must have submitted a final grant report for any completed project previously funded by the Gardiner Foundation.
  • The project must have a clearly outlined project plan and accompanying activities.
  • The organization must demonstrate its vital role as a cultural entity in its community – enhancing education, promoting interest in and understanding of living history or preserving societal heritage.
For more information, visit Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation.

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