Commack Schools Win Preservation Grant

The Commack school district has received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Preservation League of New York State and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Eight regional recipients of the 26th round of grant funding through Preserve New York at a news conference at the Ontario County Historical Society.

“At its July 2018 meeting, the Preserve New York panel selected 31 applicants in 20 counties around the state to share $251,616 in funding,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “As always, the competition for these funds was intense. We are delighted to help advance the preservation efforts of these organizations with timely funding from Preserve New York.”

The school district received $7,620.

Preserve New York, a competitive historic preservation grant program, was established in 1993 as a partnership between the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Preserve New York enables the Preservation League to support arts centers, historic sites, music halls, theaters, libraries and other cultural not-for-profit or municipal entities that steward historic buildings in every one of New York’s 62 counties.

“We recognize the importance of preservation work to help maintain the historic and cultural richness of New York,” said Katherine Nicholls, chair of the New York State Council on the Arts. “NYSCA is proud to partner with Preservation League of New York State to provide organizations and municipalities across the state with financial support to advance their preservation initiatives.”

“The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is delighted to have partnered with the Preservation League of New York State to specifically aid our Long Island historic stewards,” said Kathryn M. Curran, executive director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

“Thanks to the League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve New York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several years,” said Erin Tobin, the League’s vice president for policy and preservation. “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding and League resources.”

With the announcement of the 2018 awards, support provided by Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 totals more than $2.6 million to 407 projects statewide. A League study completed in 2016 demonstrates that Preserve New York funding has catalyzed preservation efforts across the state and leveraged many times its value in cash and donated services. Grants have led directly to the preservation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes in every county of New York State.

The Preserve New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) 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.

For more information on the Preserve New York grant program, please call 518-462-5658 x 10 or visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org.

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