Earlier this month, the New York State Council on the Arts with the Preservation League of New York State and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation announced the recipients of the 25th round of grant funding through Preserve New York, which includes funding for a cultural survey of the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, Ninevah Subdivisions (S.A.N.S.).
The neighborhoods have banded together to conduct the survey in the face of residential development pressure that some community members say are threatening the historic character of the neighborhoods, located on the East Hampton side of Sag Harbor Village.
The grant funding of $6,400 through Preserve New York was obtained for SANS through the non-profit Sag Harbor Partnership. Locally, the Southampton Historical Society also earned a Preserve New York grant of $9,250.
“That is one of the things we do — help with grants and funding when necessary for other local groups,” said Sag Harbor Partnership vice president April Gornik on Tuesday.
“The Preserve NY grant partially funds SANS’ (Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, & Ninevah Subdivisions) Intensive Cultural Resource Survey that will provide the necessary foundation and historic documentation to apply for National and State landmark recognition,” said Renee Simons, one of the founders of SANS. “We, in SANS, are grateful for the support and collaboration of Sag Harbor Partnership, which continues to demonstrate its commitment to preserving Sag Harbor.”
In total, 30 applicants in 21 counties across New York shared $239,634 in Preserve New York Grants.
“The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is delighted to have partnered with the Preservation League of New York State to specifically aid our Long Island historic stewards,” said Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.