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History Alive


Funds Will Support Local History Exhibitions and Publications

The Suffolk County Historical Society is pleased to announce that stipends are available for local history organizations to underwrite the cost of new exhibitions, publications, and special projects.

Historical societies are encouraged to apply to the Suffolk County Historical Society for stipends of up to $500, which will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. The SCHS review committee is particularly interested in proposals that are innovative, engage the pubic, and advance the study of Long Island history.

Funds are provided through Heart for Art, Inc., a non-profit group that selected the Suffolk County Historical Society to administer History Alive incentives.

"Local history groups do so much with so little. It is wonderful that funds are now available to offset costs and to encourage grassroots history groups to take on the new challenges of engaging in community outreach," said Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the Suffolk County Historical Society. "A program like History Alive validates what we do as local stewards of our past."

To apply, local history groups should write a one-page proposal describing a new project and the need for funds. Include proof of non-profit status. Images, if available, should be included, as well as representative brochures or fliers about the applicant agency and its programs. "We have tried to make the application process as simple as possible. We want to hear from the local historical societies," said Mrs. Curran.

Applications can be mailed to:
Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director
Suffolk County Historical Society
300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

Founded in 1886, the mission of the Suffolk County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County, NY, and its people.


The Suffolk County Historical Society has been asked to select recipients of History Alive stipends. These stipends are designed to encourage local history groups to undertake new challenges while networking with the Society. The SCHS will contact local history groups about the availability of funds; Heart for Art, Inc., the funding organization, will directly administer the financial aspect of the program.


  1. To award small grants to local history groups in order to encourage and validate their work.
  2. To provide financial incentives for local history groups to take on projects they might not otherwise afford.
  3. To position SCHS, through the application process, as the “lead” history organization in Suffolk County.

Funds for this program are provided by Heart for Art, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Bayport, NY. Heart for Art is the sole fiscal agent and will write checks directly to recipients.

SCHS will contact local history groups in Suffolk County about the availability of stipends for new history projects. SCHS will review applicants and select recipients. A goal of the program is to establish SCHS as a resource for local history groups in Suffolk County.

Heart for Art, Inc. is providing $1000 annually, to be awarded as SCHS sees fit. Individual grants can be as high as $500. SCHS can serve more groups by dividing the yearly grant into smaller individual awards.

The application process consists of a brief description of the proposed project, a statement describing the need for funds, proof of non-profit status, and images and other materials depicting the project and the work of the applicant agency.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be informed within 4 weeks if funds are available for their project.