Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization Grant Program

Funded through a $750,000 grant awarded to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) from the National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn Rural Revitalization Grants Program, the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization (GVRR) Grant Program, administered by The Landmark Society of Western New York (LSWNY) and NYS OPRHP, aims to support historic restoration and rehabilitation projects throughout rural communities in the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions.

The GVRR program allows NYS OPRHP and LSWNY to offer $5,000 to $50,000 reimbursable, unmatched sub-grants for eligible historic buildings to preserve the historic places that have shaped rural communities, their social fabric, and economy.

UPDATE: Applications for round 2 will be made available after Round 1 awards are announced.

Please contact to be added to the email list to receive notification when Round 2 opens.

Eligible Buildings

  • Must be a historic commercial, industrial, civic, educational, or community-oriented building;
  • Must be located within Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates Counties;
  • Must be within incorporated villages with a population of 4,000 or less, or within towns with a population of 10,000 or less; and
  • Must be listed or determined eligible for listing in the NYS and National Registers of Historic Places

Eligible Applicants

  • Community-based nonprofit organizations;
  • Units of local government (village, town, county);
  • Business owners who operate within a historic building and have permission to apply from the building owner; and
  • Non-residential property owners who own an eligible building type.

Eligible Projects

  • Capital rehabilitation/ restoration projects,  including, but not limited to:
    • Roof replacement;
    • Masonry repair;
    • Window repair or replacement;
    • Storefront restoration;
    • Weatherization;
    • Systems upgrades;
    • Creation of ADA-compliant accessibility;
    • Completion of Cultural Resource Surveys
  • Project soft costs
    • Construction documents
    • Condition reports

Click here for a printable PDF handout.


Contact Megan Klem, Preservation Planner with The Landmark Society, to request an application or with any questions.


Recorded webinars are available for viewing below. Each webinar covers the same material, however, Q&A at the end of the recording varies.

This program is funded by the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program through the Historic Preservation Fund, and administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Generous support provided by: