The Foundation’s Recent Grant Recipients
Long Island Music Hall of Fame | Granted November 2016 | 1 Year
To support the Hall’s Mobile Education Museum, which was recently on display at the Hall of Fame’s 2016 Induction Awards Ceremony & Gala.
Sayville Historical Society | Granted November 2016 | November | 1 Year
The grant was used to repaint the Homestead building and replace the cedar board fence.
Museum of Democracy | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation approved a $100,000 grant to the Museum of Democracy to catalog, preserve, and manage a collection of approximately one million historical American art, artifacts and memorabilia.
Smithtown Historical Society | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant was instrumental for the purpose of restoring the historic Epenetus Smith Tavern front porch.
Eastville Comunity Historical Society | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant supports the exhition "Native American Life on the East End" which looks at the Eastville community through a collection of photographs, selected artifacts and research, providing a full narrative about the early Native American presence in Eastville with sub-themes that include: kinship, labor, geography, Whaling families, Women’s roles and relationships, and the development of Sag Harbor community.
Fire Island Lightouse Preservation Society | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant will arrange for research, writing, photography and publishing of the book Fire Island Lighthouse; Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon and develop a display of photographs in the Fresnel Lens Building.
Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Council | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council, founded in 1960 and now administering six historic buildings on the local Village Green, is funded to inventory its artifacts and digitize the data to facilitate the efficient management, exhibition and security of its varied collections.
Stony Brook University | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The Foundation gave $120,000 to Stony Brook University’s Department of History to establish five undergraduate scholarships and a graduate student fellowship.
Old Westbury Gardens | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant will be used to help recreate and restore the service wing portico and courtyard at Westbury House.
Parrish Art Museum | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant will support Parrish Gateway - an initiative that will enable the Museum to share a trove of important, and in some cases exclusive, information about the region’s rich artistic legacy with scholars, historians, curators, teachers, students, and the general public.
Miller Place - Mt. Sinai Historical Society | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant will be used to upgrade and enhance the format and capabilities of its current website and social media platforms.
Northport Historical Society | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The funding will be used to strengthen and enhance the stewardship of the Society’s historic collection and resources and provide for greater outreach to the communities it serves, namely: Northport, East Northport, Asharoken, Eaton’s Neck, Crab Meadow, and Fort Salonga.
Caroline Church of Brookhaven | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant is to be used for the Shed Stabilization of the Caroline Church of Brookhaven.
Jamesport Meeting House | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The generous grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has been used to install an air conditioning system and to restore an early twentieth century kitchen.
Historical Society of Port Jefferson | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
The grant provides funding to the Society to purchase materials, equipment and supplies to properly care for the Museum collections.
Long Island Maritime Museum | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
Maintainance of the sailing vessel "Priscilla".
The Thomas Moran Trust, Inc. | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
Exterior renovation of house, renovation of interior galleries and educational rooms.
Cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold | Granted August 2015 | 5 Months
Preservation of headstones.
New York University | Granted March 2016 | 4 Years
Brings together archivists, conservators, and digital technicians in a coordinated initiative to conserve, preserve and make accessible three major research collections on the history of downstate New York and Long Island.
Columbia University | Granted November 2015 | 5 Years
Establish the Gardiner-Jackson Professorship in U.S. History.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum | Granted November 2015 | 1 Year
Construction of new building and balance used toward restoration of bulk heading.
Friends of Connetquot, Inc. | Granted August 2015 | 1 Year
Continued work on Grist Mill: Reinstallation of main mill machinery.
Long Island Maritime Museum | Granted August 2015 | 1 Year
Interior improvements in Oyster House on the property.
Carman’s River Maritime Center, Inc. | Granted August 2015 | 1.5 Years
Restoration of 1906 sailing vessel, Elvira.
Suffolk County Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 3 Years
New wing, ADA compliance, accessibility.
Oysterponds Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 6 Months
Consultants for building strategic plan.
Hallockville Museum Farm | Granted November 2015 | 1 Year
Exhibit and education consultants and costs to re-design exhibits.
General MacArthur Memorial Fund | Granted November 2015 | No Duration
Creation of new pedestal, signage and lighting to be used with existing bust.
Islip Arts Council (Brookwood Hall) | Granted August 2015 |
International art exchange program at Brookwood Hall.
Eastville Community Historical Society Sag Harbor | Granted August 2015 | 7 Months
Exhibition of photos - multicultural community and slave history.
Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson | Granted November 2015 | 1 Year
Installation of copper gutters on the Mather House; Restoration of roof of Dedio House, which will include copper chimney flashing and copper gable roof edge.
Friends of Science East Inc. | Granted November 2015 | 1 Year
Cataloging of software and off-site climate controlled storage of historic electrical equipment and documents.
Bohemia Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 1 Year
Production of educational video.
Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 6 Months
Preservation of mile markers in Southold for 375th year anniversary. Reenactment and lecture.
Shelter Island Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 2 Years
New computer and communications technology.
Mastic Peninsula Historical Society | Granted August 2015 |
Create brochure history of Mastic and Shirley.
Nature Conservancy (Mashomack Preserve) | Granted November 2015 | 15 Months
Restoration of Manor House Porch at Mashomack, Shelter Island.
Parrish Art Museum | Granted August 2015 | 1 Year
Production of annual exhibitions reflecting Suffolk heritage.
Suffolk County Archaeological Association | Granted August 2015 |
Documentary film about the manors of Long Island.
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm | Granted December 2014 |
Increased capacity for the expansion of current history programs and outreach.
Selected Past Grant Recipients
Improvement of exhibition hall.
Long Island University, C.W. Post
Suffolk County Community College
Caleb Smith Preserve
Southampton Town Historical Society
Preservation of the 1739 Sayre Barn.
Stony Brook University
Scholarships and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History.
New York University
Digital preservation of Sylvester archives.
Suffolk County Historical Society
Preservation of Gardiner's Island materials.
Montauk Historical Society
Montauk Indian Museum.
Long Island Museum
"Long Island at War" exhibition and "adoption" of the Gardiner family carriage.
Friends of Connetquot
Restoration of the Grist Mill.
Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum
Capacity building and infrastructure development.
Westhampton Beach Historical Society
Improvement of the Foster-Meeker Heritage Center.