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Friends of Cedarmere Receives Grant To Continue Operations During Pandemic

The Friends of Cedarmere announced that it had received a grant in the amount of $1,329.02 from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation to assist with expenses incurred as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order “New York State on PAUSE”.


Friends of Cedarmere Receives Grant To Continue Operations During Pandemic

On July 14, 2020, The Friends of Cedarmere announced that it had received a grant in the amount of $1,329.02 from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation to assist with expenses incurred as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order “New York State on PAUSE”.

The Friends of Cedarmere, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, maintains the grounds, undertakes restoration, conducts tours, and offers programs and events at Cedarmere, the historic home of William Cullen Bryant in Roslyn Harbor, New York. The gardens and grounds (which remain open) and the house and other buildings remain closed until further notice. The site is owned by Nassau County and is part of the Nassau County park system.

“Without the ability to hold programs or offer tours, small not-for-profits like ours are struggling to raise the funds to stay afloat” said John Dawson, the group’s President. “We are very grateful to the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation for recognizing this and stepping up to assist us in these trying times”.

The funds provided served as a reimbursement for expenses incurred for insurance, utility and other contractual expenses necessary to continue operating.

The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation also recently provided funds to the Friends of Cedarmere to develop a long-range strategic plan that will help the organization expand and become more self-sustaining. The organization is currently raising funds to restore a working water wheel on the 1862 Gothic-style mill on the site.

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