The Foundation’s Recent Grant Recipients
Raynham Hall Museum | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, NY, home of Robert Townsend, a spy for George Washington, has just been awarded a crucial grant of over $400,000 from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, propelling the Museum across the finish line on fundraising for its capital campaign restoration and adaptive re-use project.
Old Sag Harbor Jail | Granted January 2018 | 1 Year
RDLG provided a $25,000 matching grant to the Sag Harbor Historical Society to restore the Old Jailhouse, which is operated as a museum. The jailhouse was restored along with the rest of the building with the funds, which matched Sag Harbor Village’s funding for the project.
Yaphank Historical Society | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
RDLG supports the Yaphank Historical Society with a grant for Historic Yaphank - “where the past meets the present”. Yaphank was the heart of Long Island’s milling industry in the mid-19th century, and its scenic lakes and wood shingled houses still tell the story of this period.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge has been awarded a grant in the amount of $142,778.00 to support the restoration and rebuilding of the Fairy Dell Boardwalk.
Museum of Democracy | Granted November 2017 | 1 Year
The $25K match grant funds will be used to create a Prohibition exhibit using items from the Museum of Democracy (MoD) collection for display at the Bridgehampton Museum in Long Island, NY. The exhibit showcases Long Island's prominent and prosperous role in smuggling, as well as items depicting the rest of America's varied opinions during that Era.
New York University Momentum | Granted November 2017 | 1 Year
The RDLG Foundation provided New York University with a $1 million grant to expand its Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP). The grant will provide financial aid and supportive programming to enable a total of 20 high-need students from New York and Long Island community colleges to transfer into NYU’s College of Arts and Science where they will major in the humanities, devoting a portion of their studies to the culture and history of Long Island and the larger New York region.
Smithtown Historical Society Going Forward | Granted November 2017 | 1 Year
The Smithtown Historical Society received a $10,568.00 grant from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for the purpose to develop a new website with a walking tour mobile app and new technology equipment.
Long Island University | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
LIU Post’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science was awarded a $1 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to expand an important project to both preserve Long Island’s history and make it more accessible.
Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society | Granted November 2017 | 1 Year
The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) is the recipient of a $145,000 matching grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (RDLGF) to continue restoration and preservation efforts on the 105-year old historic lighthouse.
Sag Harbor Partnership | Granted December 2017 |
Sag Harbor Partnership’s grant award supports the SANS (Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, Ninevah Subdivisions) Cultural Resource Survey (CRS), which will document SANS' 65+ year historic, architectural, and cultural significance evolving from the mid-century, pre-Civil Rights era through current times.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy's Sacred Sites Program | Granted November 2017 | 1 Year
The New York Landmarks Conservancy has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to underwrite 2018 Conservancy Sacred Sites Grants on Long Island.
The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
The Whaling Museum & Education Center has received a grant of $11,900 for a new HVAC system to aid in the preservation of artifacts in its climate-controlled collection storage. The funding will replace an outdated HVAC unit and ensure that school groups, visitors, and scholars will be able to continue to appreciate in the artifacts that remain from the region’s maritime history.
Brooklyn Historical Society | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
The RDLG Foundation awarded the Brooklyn Historical Society a $1.2 million grant to support a project that will exponentially increase public access to the institution’s vast collection of Long Island materials through processing, cataloging, conservation, digitization, and the creation of a web-based Long Island History Portal. This initiative will also extend the useful life of these materials, as they are regularly accessed for research and used throughout exhibitions, K-12+ education programming, and public programs. Finally, through the implementation of a digital preservation system, this project will enable BHS to aggregate digital assets into a single digital repository, making archival and museum collections accessible to a broader audience of smaller institutions and individuals interested in Long Island history.
Fenimore Art Museum | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
$70,000 from two grants awarded by The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation Fund Fenimore Art Museum’s New Publication and Programs based on their Hamilton-Burr Letter Collection.
Nassau Community College | Granted November 2017 | 1 Year
Nassau Community College has been awarded a $49,000.00 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to create a central repository for Long Island local history and family genealogy, and to document the suburban transformation of Long Island.
Garden Club of East Hampton | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
St. Joseph's College | Granted July 2017 | 1 year
St. Joseph's College has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to host a presidential lecture series on each of its two campuses featuring filmmaker Rory Kennedy. The lecture, "The Camera Doesn't Lie: Social Change Through Documentary Filmmaking" sought to educate and inform audiences about culture, art and history through documentary filmmaking.
Iona College | Granted December 2017 | 1 Year
Iona College has been awarded a total of $1 million in grant money from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to enhance the College’s Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS). An additional $750,000 grant was recently awarded following the first $250,000 in late 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long Island Maritime Museum | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
Maintainance of the sailing vessel "Priscilla".
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Thomas Moran Trust, Inc. | Granted July 2017 | 1 Year
Exterior renovation of house, renovation of interior galleries and educational rooms.
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.
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.
Sayville Historical Society | Granted November 2016 | November | 1 Year
The grant was used to repaint the Homestead building and replace the cedar board fence.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum | Granted November 2015 | 1 Year
Construction of new building and balance used toward restoration of bulk heading.
Bohemia Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 1 Year
Production of educational video.
Carman’s River Maritime Center, Inc. | Granted August 2015 | 1.5 Years
Restoration of 1906 sailing vessel, Elvira.
Cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold | Granted August 2015 | 5 Months
Preservation of headstones.
Columbia University | Granted November 2015 | 5 Years
Establish the Gardiner-Jackson Professorship in U.S. History.
Eastville Community Historical Society Sag Harbor | Granted August 2015 | 7 Months
Exhibition of photos - multicultural community and slave history.
Friends of Connetquot, Inc. | Granted August 2015 | 1 Year
Continued work on Grist Mill: Reinstallation of main mill machinery.
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.
General MacArthur Memorial Fund | Granted November 2015 | No Duration
Creation of new pedestal, signage and lighting to be used with existing bust.
Hallockville Museum Farm | Granted November 2015 | 1 Year
Exhibit and education consultants and costs to re-design exhibits.
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.
Long Island Maritime Museum | Granted August 2015 | 1 Year
Interior improvements in Oyster House on the property.
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.
Islip Arts Council (Brookwood Hall) | Granted August 2015 |
International art exchange program at Brookwood Hall.
Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 6 Months
Preservation of mile markers in Southold for 375th year anniversary. Reenactment and lecture.
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.
Shelter Island Historical Society | Granted August 2015 | 2 Years
New computer and communications technology.
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.