War of 1812 Project Grants

On May 21st Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced that in the fall of 2011 that the Council is offering grants and programs to support bicentennial events statewide.

New York’s economic prominence and long border with Canada gave the state a central role in the War of 1812. New York State’s experience of the war, from the militarization of the Great Lakes to the decisive American victory at Plattsburgh, is critical to understanding the developing political and military mindset of the young United States.

Grants We Offer

Grants of up to $3,000 are available from the Council to present humanities-based public programs exploring the legacy of the War of 1812 in New York State.

Who is Eligible for Funding

Organizations must meet all of the eligibility criteria for the Council's Project Grants.

During 2012, organizations may receive one War of 1812 Project Grant in addition to a Planning Grant, and a Project Grant.

How to Apply

Applications for these special grants will be accepted until December 31, 2013.

To apply, organizations should use our online Project Grant application. Just be sure to mention War of 1812 in the title and/or description of the project and apply 12 weeks before the start of your project.

Awarded War of 1812 Project Grants

Below are examples of recently funded War of 1812-themed public programs.

Fort La Presentation Company
“War of 1812 Symposium”
A two-day program of lectures and discussions held in April 2011 focused on various aspects of the War of 1812 from a humanities perspective.

New York Military Affairs Symposium
“NYMAS Spring 2012 Conference: New Perspectives on The War of 1812”
A three-day event from Friday March 30 – April 1, 2012, featuring a total of seven presentations on various topics regarding the War of 1812 as fought in the New York / northeastern United States region.

Old Fort Niagara Association
“War of 1812, A War of Many Faces”
A weekend conference in June 2011 along with public programs about the lives of Europeans, Americans and Native Americans at Old Fort Niagara from 1726-1815.

The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York
“The War of 1812 Historical Minutes”
A series of "historical minutes" sharing unique facts about the War of 1812 and the significant role New York State played in the military conflict.  They will be launched in April 2012 by WCNY focused on the history of the War of 1812 and made available on air and online.

Sackets Harbor and the War of 1812
“A 4th of July Oration: Liberty and Justice for All”
A series of events designed to explore the history and lasting impact of the War of 1812 on the Sackets Harbor region and beyond.  Events begin July 2012, including “President Monroe Looks Back on the War of 1812” and The Civil War of 1812: A Sackets Harbor Perspective.

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