Funding available for road markers to commemorate folklore and promote cultural tourism | Oswego County

SYRACUSE — The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is accepting applications for its Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program, which helps communities commemorate their local folklore and legends and promote cultural tourism with roadside markers. Since the program launched in 2015, the Pomeroy Foundation has funded over 140 Legends & Lore markers in multiple states across the country.

“Legends & Lore Markers create opportunities for meaningful conversations and community awareness around their folklore and legends,” said Deryn Pomeroy, Trustee and Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Pomeroy Foundation. “The Pomeroy Foundation is pleased to help commemorate these important stories, traditions, customs and activities that define our collective identities that future generations can enjoy.”

Prospective applicants should apply through a local 501(c)(3) organization such as a historical society, nonprofit academic institution, or local, state, or federal government entity in the following 11 states where there is a Legends & Lore partner organization: Alabama, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia.

The deadline for applying for the grant is Monday, May 2. Legends & Lore grant funding includes the full cost of a marker, pole, and shipping. For program guidelines and details on how to apply online, visit the foundation’s website:

“Legends & Lore markers help elevate the stories, characters and quirks that make communities unique, from dancing ghosts to railroad outlaws to healers working their magic,” said Emily Blejwas , executive director of the Alabama Folklife Association. “By celebrating local identity, these markers can magnify existing efforts in heritage tourism and downtown development.

The Pomeroy Foundation is also seeking potential Legends & Lore partners such as folklore organizations, folklore-related university departments, and state-supported councils and agencies to evaluate grant applications and raise awareness of the program in their state. To learn more about Legends & Lore partnerships, visit:

About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy® Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and work to improve the likelihood of finding matched donors or other life-saving treatments for blood cancer patients. Created by trustee Bill Pomeroy in 2005 to bring together his two greatest passions, the Pomeroy Foundation is a private philanthropic organization located in Syracuse. As the nation’s leading funder of historic road markers, the Pomeroy Foundation has awarded nearly 1,700 grants for markers and bronze plaques in 44 states. To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation, visit

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