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Image: 2020 CTG grantee "Little Gull", c1960s,Hans Hokanson. The Heckscher Museum of Art. Before Treatment.
GHHN (Greater Hudson Heritage Network) is honored to partner with the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for $50,000 to provide dedicated funding for Nassau & Suffolk Counties and New York City museums through the 2021 Conservation Treatment Grant Program.
Launched in 2000, the Conservation Treatment Grant (CTG) Program is a partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the GHHN, made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation will provide additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects in Nassau & Suffolk Counties and New York City. These additional dedicated funds will be made available during the 2021 Conservation Treatment Grant program grant year.
"GHHN is grateful to the RDL Gardiner Foundation for their gracious support and partnership. These dedicated Conservation Treatment Grant funds will enable area museums to conserve their collections for the benefit of future generations" said Priscilla Brendler, Executive Director of GHHN.
The Conservation Treatment Grant provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing, preserving, and making accessible to the public an array of unique objects 'at risk' in collections in museums, historical and cultural organizations of all sizes. Grants will support conservation needs of the many types of artifacts typically found in art and history museums and historical societies throughout Long Island and NYC. Past CTG conservation support has included: 
  • Oil on canvas painting Hells Gate by Ernest Lawson, c1910 from the Suffolk County Historical Society
  • Civil War frock coat and kepi from the Sayville Historical Society
  • A pair of Franco-Flemish limestone statues from Old Westbury Gardens 
  • Seven carriages and two sleighs from the Long Island Museum 
  • Hand-drawn, hand-watercolored Map of the Western Hemisphere drawn by Elizabeth Mount, 1822 from the Three Village Historical Society 
  • Oil on canvas painting Street in Brittany by Louis Comfort Tiffany, c1870s from the Nassau County Museum of Art 
  • Wood sculpture titled "Little Gull", c1960s by the Long Island sculptor Hans Hokanson from The Heckscher Museum of Art
  • A 49-block, Album-style Potholder Quilt made c1850 from the Southold Historical Society
  • Oil on canvas and frame of "Miss Gilder" by Cecilia Beaux, c1901 from the National Academy of Design
  • Rufus King's Document Box from the King Manor Museum

Grants are awarded for prioritized, urgently needed conservation of objects that, once treated, will impact public interpretive programs, exhibitions and education. Nassau & Suffolk Counties and New York City non-profit organizations with stewardship responsibility for cultural collections, (but without in-house conservation staff) are eligible applicants. Grant funding can treat paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, sculpture, ethnographic, historical and decorative objects, and may also support accompanying professional treatment of frames, supports, stands and mounts if integral to the final public presentation of the object, after conservation.
These grants lead to public impact outcomes beyond the actual conservation of museum objects, including new interest the Island's incredibly varied collections, and increased public awareness of the museum's role as steward, and has proven a spark to further institutional, strategic, financial and long-range conservation planning. Beyond these outcomes, grant recipients report that Conservation Treatment funding prompts greater use of collections (for exhibition, web content and loan), enhanced interpretive capability, and expanded opportunities to educate the public about art, history, humanities, the science of conservation, and museum work, itself.

Note: The 2021 CTG grant application portal will open soon.
About The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner's Island, NY. The Gardiner family and their descendants have owned Gardiner's Island since 1639, obtained as part of a royal grant from King Charles I of England. The Foundation is inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner's personal passion for New York history. For more information, please visit
About GHHN (Greater Hudson Heritage Network)
GHHN is the statewide 'go-to' service organization for responsive assistance, interpretation and collections care. Our program services are local, professional and statewide. GHHN offers grants, workshops, webinars, consultations, technical assistance, a resource network and professional development opportunities to advance the work of historical societies, historic house museums, heritage centers, historic sites, archives and libraries.