June 2019
Barnabas McHenry, Chairman Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Kevin M. Burke, Chairman, Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley,
Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Scott Keller, Acting Executive Director Greenway,
Acting Director National Heritage Area 
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Re-dedication of the Henry Knox Cannon Trail
Thursday, May 23rd, the Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area unveiled a replacement monument and wayside exhibit at Jennings Landing at the Corning Riverfront Park in Albany, New York, in honor of the re-dedication of the Henry Knox Cannon Trail . National Heritage Area partners were joined by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and representatives for Congressman Paul Tonko, New York State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly Member Patricia Fahy, Col (Ret) James Johnson, military historian for the Hudson Valley, and reenactors from Schuyler’s 2 nd /Albany. The Henry Knox Cannon Trail follows the route that Colonel Henry Knox used to transport 59 cannons from Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1775-76. Fifty-six monuments were installed along the route in 1927 to commemorate the arduous 56-day journey. Thirty of the granite monuments and bronze plaques mark the route in New York from Fort Ticonderoga to the Massachusetts border near Hillsdale. Starting near Great Barrington, 26 monuments mark the trail in Massachusetts. The installation of these monuments represents one of the earliest heritage trails created in the United States. The Albany monument was moved during the construction of I-787 and subsequently lost for over 50 years. In 2017, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area had a replacement monument produced using the same source of granite as the original stone and a replica bronze relief made. An interpretive panel was placed in the spring of 2019 to provide more context of this trail and monument. Read more about the Henry Knox Cannon Trail .
Add Your Event to the 20th Anniversary of the Hudson River Valley Ramble
The  event submission page  for the  Hudson River Valley Ramble  is live and ready for you to submit events. The event submission deadline to be sure your event is in the Ramble booklet is June 7th . Help us celebrate the historic 20th Anniversary of the Hudson River Valley Ramble, by hosting events, attending events, spreading the word, sharing our social media posts, and getting involved with one of the most anticipated event series in the Hudson Valley!

The  Hudson River Valley Ramble  is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. Every September, ‘Ramblers’ come not only from the Hudson Valley region and New York State, but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer.

The 20th Anniversary of the Ramble will take place on August 31, September 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29 of 2019! Have more questions?  Contact us.
Water/Ways Flows into New York State
Starting this June and ending in April, 2020 Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is bringing their Water/Ways exhibition across the state to six different communities. Water/Ways  began in 2016 and dives into water as an essential component of life on our planet; environmentally, culturally, and historically. This exhibition takes a deep look at water’s impact on our lives, how it powers the environment, impacts climate, and how it physically shapes and sculpts the landscape around us.  Water/Ways  asks how Americans use water, how is water represented in our society, how do we use water as a symbol, how does water unite communities, and how does water affect the way we live, work, worship, create and play? It seems rather fitting that the first MoMS exhibit in New York State is  Water/Ways . Water has created communities, and economic power like the Erie Canal’s 363 miles that gave New York City’s port an incomparable advantage over all other U.S. port cities and guided the state’s 19th century political and cultural dominance. Opportunities to see  Water/Ways  will continue as the exhibition moves around the state from the Village of Aurora in the Finger Lakes, along the Erie Canal to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, the Chapman Museum in Glens Falls, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and ending at the East Hampton Historical Society on the eastern tip of Long Island. Each host site will expand on the  Water/Ways  exhibit to incorporate direct links between water and its impact on their community. The exhibit will be featured here in the Hudson Valley at the Hudson River Maritime Museum between January 11, 2020 and February 23, 2020 and is sponsored by many partners such as the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Read more .
Albany History Fair: "Albany - The Great American Story"
Last month was the 20th annual Albany History Fair, an event sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) and other partners. For the fair, Historic Cherry Hill brought together numerous heritage partners for a day of immersive engagement with some aspect of the Capital City’s history. The theme for this years fair was "Albany - The Great American Story," which dove into the Capital City’s literary history. Few are aware of Albany’s literary connections—from Henry James who set part of Portrait of a Lady in Albany and Herman Melville who grew up in Albany—to Vladamir Nabokov who classified the Karner Blue butterfly in the Albany Pine Bush; Gregory McGuire, author of Wicked, who called Albany his “Oz;” and William Kennedy whose historical novel Ironweed won a Pulitzer in 1984 (and was later turned into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson). You can find out more info about the Albany History Fair by listening to interviews at the fair by the Sanctuary of Independent Media. Learn how your event can be sponsored by emailing hrvg@hudsogreenway.ny.gov .
Dutchess County Parks & Trails New Website
Have you been searching for parks & trails in Dutchess County? Dutchess County now has a Parks & Trails website that maps every county, state, and national park and hundreds of miles of trails in the county. The website has features that allows you to sort parks by amenity, and also sorts trails by difficulty, or surface type so planning your next nature outing is simple. So get outside and visit Dutchess County! Check out the website .
GHHN 2019 Annual Conference
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network's (GHHN) annual conference is back at the Bear Mountain Inn on September 24, 2019. Consider the 2019 GHHN Annual Conference as a field guide to finding new ways to connect with science at your heritage organization: from injecting a historic prospective into STEM programs at your site; to analyzing how visitation at museums and historic sites can impact health and well-being; to exploring the many ways that science can help us understand our collections better, through conservation, forensics, and imaging technology. 

The Annual Conference will once again feature the extremely popular "Follow the Speaker" conference format which is designed to help sites engage at a more direct level with our presenters. The conference will be a full day of learning, conversation, networking with your peers, office hours opportunities with grant funding organizations, as well as a lite breakfast, networking luncheon, full-day exhibit hall, the Awards for Excellence ceremony and poster session, and more!  Read more .
Path Through History Weekend!
On the weekend of  June 15-16 , New York will celebrate the first of two Path Through History Weekends in 2019. Events will take place throughout New York State. In 2012, Governor Cuomo unveiled the statewide " Path Through History ," initiative that links historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State. This effort to highlight our rich heritage aims to not only showcase the state's history and cultural significance, but also promote tourism and economic development in communities across the state. Events taking place throughout the Hudson Valley during both Path Through History Weekends on June 15-16 and October 12-14 are listed  here .
Upcoming Events

Farrand/FORWARD Symposium, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY
June 1-2: A symposium on the future of Beatrix Farrand’s public landscapes, featuring a Hudson Valley premiere of the documentary film 'Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes'. Learn more .

Paddle the Flight, Waterford Point Boat Ramp, Waterford, NY
June 2: Paddle the incredible Waterford Flight. Erie Canal Locks 2-6, a set of five locks with a lift of 169 feet in just over 1.5 miles, make for a perfect half-day trip with dramatic scenery, towering locks and easy paddling. Guides will provide history of the Waterford Flight and Erie Canal along the way. More info .

Gilded Age Scandals, Staatsburgh State Historic site, Staatsburgh, NY
June 2: Ruth and Ogden Mills were paragons of respectability, but their Gilded Age friends were not! Learn about the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn-of-the-century while touring the mansion. Find out more .

Tours of Untermyer Gardens, Untermyer Park & Gardens, Yonkers, NY
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Take a 90 minute guided tour led by either a trained docent or the founder and president of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy to learn the fascinating history and some interesting plant information. Discover more .

Thematic Tour: The War of 1812, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah, NY
June 5: On June 18, 1812, President James Madison declared war with England, the first time the United States had ever declared war on another country. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House that highlights the causes of war and the impact that it had on America. More details .

Learn-to-Swim Program, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY
June 5: Saratoga Spa State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 8th through July 19th, 2019 at the Peerless Pool. Learn more .

Invasives Strike Force Standard Surveyor Workshop, Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo Park, NY
June 8: Would you like to help protect our environment while you hike? Want to learn how to identify some common invasive plants? Take this workshop to find out how! Read more .

Outdoors Day 2019, State Wide Events
June 8: Come celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at free DEC events around the state. Try a new activity or introduce your family to old favorites like hiking, archery, paddling, and fishing! Bring the whole family and spend the day having an outdoor adventure! Find your event .

Unveiling the Mystery Exhibition, Bannerman Island Gallery, Beacon, NY
June 8: A "FREE" Opening Reception for the artists and public featuring a Fine Art Exhibition featuring paintings, pastels and watercolors of Bannerman Island and Castle. Learn more .

The Slave Dwelling Project: Looking at the City and Town of Rye, Jay Heritage Center, Rye, NY
June 9: Learn more about the places where enslaved men, women and children lived, worked, slept and died in the City and Town of Rye before and after emancipation. More info .

Plein Air Painting Workshop, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
June 10-12: This three day and three-night painting workshop will focus on developing and expanding skills of drawing, composition, and painting through keen observation of nature en plein air. Discover more .

Slavery and Social Power in Early New York’s Dutch Reformed Churches, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers, NY
June 12: This lecture discusses how these churches provided a sense of belonging and social standing to its congregants, the buildings and churchyards but were also used to reinforce society’s social hierarchies and exclude those who were deemed unworthy. In doing so, they proved powerful tools of social power that helped sustain slavery in these communities. More details .

Climate-Adaptive Design Opportunity for a Hudson Waterfront Community Informational Webinar
June 12: DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program  announced  an opportunity for a Hudson waterfront municipality to host the Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture’s   Climate-adaptive Design Studio (CaD)   during the fall of 2019. Interested municipalities can learn more about the Climate-adaptive Design Studio by visiting the   New York State Water Resources Institute   website. Read more .

1969: When Woodstock Changed the World, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
June 13-14: Three days of peace and music were actually almost a decade in the making. Marist’s conference, is the definitive—and perhaps only—academic conference on this key anniversary. All events are open to the public. Discover more .

Walkway at Night, Walkway Over Hudson State Historic Park, Highland, NY
June 14: Have you ever dreamt about spending a moonlit evening on the Walkway while enjoying scenic views of the Hudson River Valley? Here’s your chance! Enjoy breathtaking twilight views from 212 feet above the Hudson River. View the night sky with telescopes provided by the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association (weather permitting). More info .

Colonial Carpentry, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery, NY
June 15: Carpenters were working at Fort Montgomery throughout 1776 and 1777 constructing barracks, storehouses and fortifications. Learn about the electricity-free, tools and techniques they used to build this Hudson River fort. Try your hand at the froe and mallet, wood auger, and more! Discover more .

Gardiner Open Studio, Village of Gardiner, Gardiner, NY
June 15-16: Once a year, the Gardiner Open Studio Tour – an artists’ collaborative – opens their studio doors so visitors can get a rare look ‘behind the scenes.’ Read more .

Children's Day, New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, New Windsor, NY
June 16: Two by Two petting zoo, magician Mr. Bayly and a host of 18th century games. More details .

Firefly Full Moon Hike, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany, NY
June 17: Fireflies are an essential part of a summer evening in the Northeast. Join in on this evening for an approximately one mile hike under the full moon while looking for fireflies. Find out more .

Wildflower Wednesday, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville, NY
June 19: Rebecca Policello will be teaching you about new native wildflowers every month that can grow in different areas of the Preserve. Read more .

Harmonies on the Hudson Summer Outdoor Concert Series, Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY
June 20: The Nellies are an Albany, NY based, rootsy, alt-country, Americana band. Karen Ann (acoustic guitar/banjo) and Peggy Lecuyer (mandolin/harmonica) are the core singer-songwriter duo who both contribute driving rhythms and beautiful two- part harmonies to their songs. They are joined by Gene Lemme (upright bass) and other stellar lead players. Learn more .

Grand Opening: Appalachian Trail, Bear Mountain State Park, Tompkins Cove, NY
June 21: Enjoy a summer solstice hike and champagne toast to celebrate the grand opening of the Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain. Find out more .

The Maritime Festival, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY
June 22: Come celebrate the maritime heritage of the Hudson Valley and Rondout Creek. The event will be a combination of the National Boatbuilding Challenge with the Antique & Classic Boat Show (formerly in August) for a day filled with maritime-themed fun, including maker demonstrations, on-the-water boat demos, antique boat parade, boatbuilding challenge rowing relay race, kids' activities, music and food in TR Gallo Park, and more. More info .

Rensselaer Naturalist Series: Trees and Shrubs, Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve, East Nassau, NY
June 22: Oak vs maple? Red maple vs. sugar maple? No worries -- trees are one of the easiest groups to learn, and the Kinderhook Creek Preserve’s many habitats have a good variety. Dave Hart will show participants how to identify the different kinds of trees and tell us their ecological and cultural stories.  More details .

Evening Battlefield Lantern Tour, Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, Stony Point, NY
June 22: Learn about the daring assault on the British garrison as you walk through the actual battleground at dusk with a costumed soldier. The sounds of musket and cannon fire punctuate the atmosphere as night falls, bringing the story of the American victory to life. Learn more .

Sunset Tour, Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY
June 22: Enjoy a late afternoon in-depth tour of the House, Studio and Woodland Garden. Then soak up the majestic late day sun with a glass of wine and conversation with other design enthusiasts on Dragon Rock's terraces, overlooking the Quarry Pool. Discover more .

Solar Boat Tours, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY
June 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30: Solaris is now on the water for lighthouse tours, general boat rides, waterfront cruises, and more. Discover more .

Harnessing the Power of Stories: A Workshop/Webinar Series, Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, NY
June 25: The history field often overlooks the art of theater when developing historic interpretation. The skills taught in theater provide effective forms of thinking for historic interpretation and audience engagement. In this workshop, fun and challenging theater-based activities will be explored through voice and movement exercises, acting techniques, improvisation, and facilitated reflection to invite participants into the process of telling stories about the objects in the museum.  Find out more .

Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating, Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston, NY
June 29: Staff and volunteers read stirring and dramatic speeches, enjoy patriotic music and 18th century toys and games. Free! Learn more .

Free Fishing Clinic, Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo, NY
June 29 : Enjoy the morning at Sterling Forest with our youth fishing day! More details .

Salamander Search, Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY
June 29: The streams of Thacher Park are excellent habitats to look for salamanders! Learn about stream ecology and how to handle stream life gently, then get your feet wet. More info .

Meandering Among the Mansions of the Historic Million, Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Dobbs Ferry, NY
June 30: Take an after-lunch stroll on the Aqueduct Trail. Read more .
Heritage Spotlight: Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
Last month in Albany, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area dedicated a monument and interpretive panel commemorating the Henry Knox Cannon Trail , so this month it seems appropriate to make K nox's Headquarters State Historic Site our Heritage Spotlight! The Georgian/Dutch-style fieldstone house, located in Vails Gate, NY, was built in 1754 for prosperous merchant John Ellison. General  Henry Knox, the Continental Army’s commander of artillery, used the home as his headquarters in 1779 and during the winter of 1780 to 1781, while training soldiers in a nearby artillery park. Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene also lived here in the summer of 1779, while Major General Horatio Gates took up residence in the fall of 1782, when he commanded the nearby New Windsor Cantonment, the Continental Army’s final encampment. Throughout its military use, Ellison and his wife, Catharine, continued to live in the house. Today, it is furnished with pieces that reflect the wealth of the Ellison family as well as its military heritage. Find out more on Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site .
Project Spotlight: In the Footsteps of the Hudson River School: Finding Inspiration in the Landscape
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) was awarded a Heritage Development Grant to partner with a licensed trail guide and guest scholars in
complementary areas of expertise to present interdisciplinary guided hikes of the Hudson River School Art Trail
(HRSAT) with the purpose of connecting more people to the natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources of the
Hudson River Valley. The TCNHS is a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) Heritage Site located along the Hudson River in Catskill, NY. The site marks the birthplace of American art, where the Hudson River School of landscape painting began. The nationally recognized historic site is an affiliate of the National Park Service and operates as a forward thinking non-profit organization embracing change and continually pursuing excellence. At its core, the organization’s purpose is to regenerate Cole’s revolutionary creativity so that it touches people’s lives today. They pursue this purpose through dynamic educational programming that extends beyond the bounds of the historic site. Read more about the Thomas Cole National Historic Site .
Green Tip of the Month: Ditch Plastic Bags in Style
Up-cycle a used t-shirt into a grocery bag in minutes by cutting out the sleeves and deepening the neck as if to make a tank top and then sew the bottom shut.   Check out the video .
Grant and Funding Opportunities

Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
Matching grants available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: September 6, 2019 . More info .

National Heritage Area Sponsorship's Available
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) will partner with various organizations to sponsor programs and events that reinforce the Heritage Area’s mission. While complementing the mission of the Heritage Area, cultural, heritage and recreational events deliver significant tourism and economic benefits to communities, and encourage local and regional partnerships. Municipalities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located within the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area are eligible to apply. For more information, please contact Dan Jeanson at daniel.jeanson@hudsongreenway.ny.gov or 518-473-3835.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
These matching grants are intended to create opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley, connecting their studies to significant places. They encourage students’ appreciation for and stewardship of their communities and cultures, and connect teachers with site educators and place-based learning. Eligible expenses include transportation and admission fees to eligible Hudson Valley locations for school groups. Read more .

2019 NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program
The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program is a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and GHHN that provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. Support is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints or photographs), textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic, decorative objects, and more. Deadline: June 3, 2019 . More info .

2019 NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Program
The NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Program is a NYSCA/GHHN Grant partnership program which provides two opportunities for museums across New York State.These include:

  • Site Assessment Program: The grant will support professional services for a collections consultant who will come to your organization for a half-day site visit focusing on a collections related topic. The consultant will discuss various areas of stewardship with the site including identifying your specific collections issues, suggesting and prioritizing basic steps to improve care of your collections. A written report will follow the consultation. Max award of $650.
  • Supplies Program: Applicants who have consulted with an appropriate professional may request funds to purchase collections management supplies. Supplies may include, but are not limited to: storage boxes, acid-free tissue paper, artifact trays, dividers, UV filtering film, Tyvek sheeting, tape, tags, labels, and environmental monitors. Supply requests for archival or library collections will not be supported. Max award $500.

Deadline: June 3, 2019 . Find out more .

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) is pleased to announce the availability of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Project funds for Presidential Declaration: DR-4397: Severe Storms and Flooding. Eligible projects include:

  • Acquisition/Demolition (or Relocation)
  • Structural Elevation Projects
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Planning

Deadline: June 6, 2019 . More details .

Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Qualified private, nonprofit and public including tribal intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the funding. The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000 and $250,000. The Intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community. Deadline: June 10, 2019 . Read more .

Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants
Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants is available to help communities across New York that are disproportionately impacted by pollution. The funding supports projects that address environmental and public health concerns in low-income communities and communities of color that have historically been burdened by environmental challenges. The grant funding is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) as part of New York State’s aggressive Environmental Justice agenda. To help continue the important programs funded by the EPF, the 2019-20 budget sustained its historic funding at $300 million. Deadline: June 14, 2019 . More details .

Region 2 Wetland Program Development Grant Request for Applications
Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. Applications must be submitted electronically through   Grants.gov   by  June 14, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. EDT. Find out more .

Farmers Market Promotion Program
The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Deadline: June 18, 2019 . More info .

Local Food Promotion Program
The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applicants can apply for either but will receive only one type of grant in the same grant cycle. Deadline: June 18, 2019 . More details .

2019 Hudson River Estuary Grants for Local Stewardship Planning
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased to announce funding for projects that will implement priorities of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda - to provide benefits of a vital estuary ecosystem: clean water; resilient communities; the sustainability of Estuary fish, wildlife, and habitats; conservation of natural scenery; and enhanced access, river education, and recreational opportunities. Deadline: July 10, 2019 . Find out more .

NEA Art Works 2 Grant
These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. Deadline: July 11, 2019 . Read more .

DHPSNY Summer 2019 Planning & Assessment Services
Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) currently offers Planning & Assessment Services in four major areas. These services are designed to support New York organizations in improving and advancing program efforts while forming strategies for future growth and development. DHPSNY’s Planning & Assessment Services consist of Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, Condition Surveys, and Strategic Planning Assistance. In each instance, services aim to improve adherence to best practices and are tailored to an organization’s unique circumstances. Recipients of DHPSNY’s Planning & Assessment Services are selected by a competitive application process. Deadline: July 12, 2019 . Learn more .

Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP)
The Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP), a grant program designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues, is managed by the Associate Director, Small Community Air Service Development, under the Office of Aviation Analysis. The  Essential Air Service (EAS)  and SCASDP programs are separate and unique. SCASDP’s eligibility criteria are broader and provide a grant applicant the opportunity to self-identify its air service deficiencies and propose an appropriate solution. EAS is a direct subsidy to air carriers and serves a limited universe of eligible applicants. Please refer to the EAS website for additional information. SCASDP can involve, among others, revenue guarantees, financial assistance for marketing programs, start-up costs and studies. Deadline: July 15, 2019 . More details .

Ninth Round of Regional Economic Development Council Competition
Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative is officially kicking off the 2019 competition for more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application will open to applicants on May 1, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects. Regional Council priorities in 2019 include:

  • Supporting community investment in placemaking and downtown revitalization;
  • Supporting the Workforce Development Initiative;
  • Working with local businesses and communities to identify childcare needs and develop potential solutions;
  • Developing an economic and environmental justice strategy for the region; and
  • Tracking the progress of the strategic economic development plan and projects funded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

Deadline: July 26, 2019 . Find out more .

Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) offers up to $1.9 million in matching grants for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails and trail-related projects. Funds are available to non-profit corporations and municipalities. Funded projects must further a specific goal of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the Statewide Trails Plan or a local plan, and must be accessible to the public. Source of funds: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The minimum grant award for restoration, development and property acquisition projects is $25,000. The minimum equipment purchase award is $5,000. All grant awards are capped at $250,000. Deadline: July 26, 2019 . More info .

NYSDEC Division of Water's Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program
The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program is a competitive, statewide reimbursement grant program open to local governments and not-for-profit corporations to implement projects that directly address documented water quality impairments or protect a drinking water source. This funding is for construction/implementation projects, not projects that are exclusively for planning. Deadline: July 26, 2019 . Learn more .

New York State DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG)
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), will offer grants to municipalities to help pay for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) water quality projects. Up to $3 million has been made available for this round of the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) program. Grants of up to $100,0001 are available to finance engineering and planning services for the production of an engineering report. The ultimate goal of the EPG program is to advance water quality projects to construction so successful applicants can use the engineering report funded by the grant to seek financing through the CWSRF program, Water Quality Improvement Project program, or other funding entities to further pursue the identified solution. Deadline: July 26, 2019. Read more .

Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning Grant
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will offer grants to local governments and soil and water conservation districts to help pay for the initial planning of nonagricultural nonpoint source water quality improvement projects. Grants of up to $30,000 are available to finance planning services to produce planning reports. There is no minimum award amount. An applicant may submit more than one application. If an applicant receives more than one award, DEC may combine the projects into a single contract. Applicants are limited to a maximum of 10 applications per round. Each application must fit within a single grant category. The goal of the program is to get non-agricultural nonpoint source water quality improvement projects ready for construction and to use the planning report funded by the grant to seek funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project program or other funding entities. Those seeking planning grants to support projects to upgrade, repair or replace elements of a wastewater treatment and/or collection system, or the construction of such system for an area with failing onsite septic systems, are referred to the New York State DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program. Deadline: July 26, 2019 . More info .

Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs Program  
The Hudson River Estuary Program’s Trees for Tribs program offers free native trees and shrubs for planting along the tributary streams in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Our staff can help you with a planting plan and work with your volunteers. Fall planting projects are now taking place. If you own or manage property near a stream in the Hudson estuary watershed, you can apply for assistance from Trees for Tribs. Landowners or managers must complete an application (PDF)  and if the project is selected, recruit volunteers for planting, and maintain the site after the planting is complete. Deadline: August 1, 2019 for planting in the fall. More info .

Integrated Mobility Innovation Program Notice of Funding
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $15 million of Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 research funds for eligible projects. The Integrated Mobility Innovation Demonstration program’s primary purpose is to fund projects that demonstrate innovative, effective approaches, practices, partnerships, and technologies to enhance public transportation effectiveness, increase efficiency, expand quality, promote safety, and improve the traveler’s experience. Deadline: August 6, 2019 . Find out more .

Our Town Grant
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative place making grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Deadline: August 8, 2019 . Discover more .

Wal-Mart Foundation: Community Grant Program
Through the Community Grant Program, Wal-Mart associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000. Deadline:  Dec. 31, 2019 . More details .

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.  Deadline  January 15, 2020 . Find out more  here .

New York State Assembly Grants Action News 
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. More info .