Application Instructions

Applying For A Grant

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Inc. (“The Foundation”) is a New York State not-for-profit corporation for the study of New York State history, with an special emphasis on the Town of Islip, Suffolk County. The Foundation’s fiscal year is December 1 to November 30; grants are reviewed twice per year. The Foundation is a qualified charity under IRS code 501 (c)(3).

Before submitting your application, you must contact the Foundation Office.
No application will be considered without prior discussion and site visits.
Kathryn M. Curran
Executive Director

Please check that your project or program matches The Foundation’s published interests, and ensure that The Foundation will consider providing the form of grant support you seek. Additional information about The Foundation may be obtained from The Foundation’s offices:


The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Inc.
148 E. Montauk Highway, Suite 1
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Contact Infomation

Phone | 631-594-3990
Fax | 631-594-3991
Email |
Website |


All hard copies must be received by the Foundation by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline submission date.
Do not bind hard copies; place in a folder and/or use a paper clamp.

Proposal Instructions

  • Please type all proposals.
  • Please answer all of the questions in the order listed.
  • Please use headings as provided.
  • Please submit only one copy.
  • Please don’t include any materials other than those specifically requested at this time.
  • Please do not send videotapes.

All applicants complete the Main Application Form, Proposal Checklist and parts A – E, plus attachments.

In addition, complete the additional forms as applicable to your project:

1. Cataloging/Digital Imaging
2. Conservation of Objects
3. Collections Care
5. Cultural Resource & Historic Landscape Surveys
6. Historic Structure Reports & Conditions Assessments
7. Structural Stabilization & Restoration
7a. Municipal Funding Application
8. Adaptive Reuse and New Construction
8a. Municipal Funding - Adaptive Reuse New Construction
9. Exhibitions, Research, Educational Programs & Publications
9a. Higher Education - Colleges & Universities
10. Organizational Capacity Building
11. Collections Management Training (see Guidelines for Collections Management Training)


RDLGF is working in collaboration with The Preservation League of New York State and The New York Landmarks Conservancy's Sacred Sites Program.

These partnerships were created to position your historic sites to receive the most professional assessment of your restoration and stabilization projects.

Preservation League of New York State

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State 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 not-for-profit 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

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.

Please Contact:
Preservation League of New York State
Erin M. Tobin
Vice President for Policy and Preservation
518-462-5658 ext. 12

The New York Landmark Conservancy's Sacred Sites Program

To be eligible for a Sacred Sites Program grant funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation properties must be:

  • Located on Long Island
  • Owned by a religious institution and actively used for worship.
  • Listed, either individually, or as a contributing component of a historic district, on the State or National Register of Historic Places, or designated pursuant to a local landmarks ordinance certified by New York State.

Priority will be given to essential repairs to the primary worship building. Highest consideration is given to projects such as roofing and drainage system repairs, masonry repointing and restoration, structural repairs, and stained glass window repair and restoration. The Sacred Sites Fund also provides grants for professional services, including conditions surveys, plans and specifications, project management, engineering reports, stained glass surveys, and laboratory testing of materials and finishes. Sacred Sites grants may be considered for barrier-free access construction, if it is done in conjunction with a larger preservation project. Grants cannot be used for pipe organ restoration, interior work, mechanical upgrades, or routine maintenance.

Grants will not be considered for work that is in contract, has been started, or completed at the time of the application.

For More Information, contact:
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
Ann-Isabel Friedman
Director, Sacred Sites

Application Forms

Note: All Forms Are MS Word Documents

Proposal Checklist

Application Cover Sheet

Form 1: Cataloging & Digital Imaging

Form 2: Conservation

Form 3: Collections Care

Form 5: Cultural Resources & Historic Landscape Surveys

Form 6: Historic Structure Reports & Conditions Assessments

Form 7: Structural Stabilization/Restoration

Form 7A: Municipal Funding Application - Struc. Stabiliz. & Restoration

Form 8: Adaptive Reuse and New Construction

Form 8A: Municipal Funding Application - Adaptive Reuse & New Construction

Form 9: Exhibitions, Public Programs, Research Studies & Publications

Form 9A: Higher Education, Colleges & Universities

Form 10: Capacity Building & Infrastructure Development

Form 11: Collections Management Training

Guidelines for Collections Management Training

Accounting Form Sample