March 2020
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, Executive Director Greenway,
Director National Heritage Area 
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Greenway Grant Helps Create Albany's New Historic District
In 2016, the City of Albany applied for a Greenway Community Planning grant to complete the Washington Avenue Intensive Level Cultural Survey. The purpose of this project was to review 197 potential historic resources between South Swan Street and South Lake Avenue on Washington, Western, and Central Avenues. The intention of the review was to clean up boundaries of existing historic districts and establish potential historic districts. These transportation routes host a variety of architectural styles representing the growth throughout the early Nineteenth through Mid-Twentieth century.

On November 27, 2019, the National Park Service officially listed the Washington Avenue Corridor Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places . The district encompasses 267 buildings in total, Townsend Park, 18 non-contributing buildings and seven individually recognized State and National Registers of Historic Places’ listed properties. Any building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is eligible for the Federal and New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credits. The Rehabilitation Tax Credits serve as the best incentive for to rehab and improve historic buildings. In celebration the Historic Albany Foundation held a reception and program to discuss the history within the new district this past month. Read more .
Help Count Eels in Hudson River Tributaries
Are you looking for an outdoor volunteer opportunity? The Hudson River Eel Project is seeking community members to help study eels in streams of the Hudson River estuary. The American eel (Anguilla rostrata), a migratory fish, is hatched in the Atlantic Ocean and enters North American estuaries, including the Hudson River, as tiny, see-through "glass eels" each spring.

As a volunteer, you will work in a team with scientists to collect these eels from specialized nets, count the fish one-by-one, weigh them in groups, and release them to habitat upstream. You will also help collect and record water temperature and water-quality data. 

Eels are counted in 15 streams from Staten Island to Troy. The field work takes place from March through May, and schedules are flexible. Training and all gear are provided. For more information, visit DEC's website or e-mail:
Take Survey Regarding WQIP Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection Grant
The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program provides state funding for various project types, including land acquisition for protection of drinking water source areas. Grants provide money to municipalities, land trusts, and soil and water conservation districts for the purchase of parcels and/or conservation easements and are selected through an application and scoring process using established criteria to ensure appropriate areas are funded that will help safeguard a community's source of drinking water.

DEC is seeking participation in a survey to understand any barriers that would prevent potential applicants from using this funding source and how the state can resolve those issues for future rounds. The survey is available on DEC's WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection Toolkit web page .

If you would like to learn about WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection, visit DEC's WQIP webpage or contact
Event Registration is Now Open for 2020 Path Through History Weekends
On the weekend of  June 20-21, 2020 , New York will celebrate its first Path Through History Weekend of 2020. 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. More details .
Upcoming Events

Hudson River Film Screening , Cornwall Public Library, Cornwall, NY
March 3: The Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council invites you to a viewing of two short films. Join a Q&A with Riverkeeper's George Jackman about efforts to restore river habitat and open up migratory fish passages in the river's many tributaries. More info .

Managing Your Digital Collection (WEBINAR)
March 3: This webinar will focus on the basics of managing digital collections and will address born-digital material as well as items that have been converted to digital format. Maggie Downing, Manager of Digital Imaging at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, will discuss scalable strategies that can be implemented by institutions of all sizes. Read more .

Hike: Fuller Mountain, Fuller Mountain Preserve, Warwick, NY
March 5: This 2-mile round trip hike will take participants up to the preserve’s overlook summit, providing breathtaking views of Mt. Adam and Mt. Eve, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the Warwick Valley. Find out more .

Sculpture: Working with Sculpey, Intermediate, Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY
March 7: Students in this workshop will develop a basic understanding of the different methods of working with oven-baked clay. More details .

Let's Bike HV: Poughkeepsie Plan to Pedal, Family Partnership Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
March 7: Let’s Bike Poughkeepsie, is a community event designed to help people understand how bicycling is being encouraged in the City of Poughkeepsie. Read more .

Let's Bike HV: Plan to Pedal Newburgh, Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Newburgh, NY
March 7: Let’s Bike Newburgh, is a community event designed to help people understand how bicycling is being encouraged in the City of Newburgh. Learn more .

“Fighting for Our Feathered Friends”: The Role of Women and Tea in Bird Conservation, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh, NY
March 8: In this talk, site manager Pamela Malcolm will explore their cause and activities, as well as the beautiful and ruinous use of exotic feathers in turn-of-the-century millinery. More info .

Up Close + Personal: A Collections Talk, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
March 8: Join Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art History, Graduate Center, City University of New York, for a special focus on “Cayambe” by Frederic Church. Learn more .

Wellness Walks, Camp Saratoga North, Ballston Spa, NY
March 9: Enjoy nature with others looking to get outside! The walk is geared towards gentle exercise and is for participants at basic fitness levels. Read more .

Places for Pollinators: Designing Welcoming Landscapes, Westchester County Community College, Valhalla, NY
March 9: Learn from a lineup of fantastic speakers. Find out about the needs of pollinators and the challenges they face. Explore designs and native plants to use in creating beneficial sites. Discover the movement that is changing backyards and community landscapes while supporting the survival of these critical creatures.  More info .

Research in the Reserve 2020: Studying Ecosystems of the Tidal Hudson, Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburgh, NY
March 11: Participate in an all-day forum on collaborative ecosystem research conducted with the Reserve or at its four tidal wetland sites along 100 miles of the Hudson Estuary.  Register now .

WMPF Land Use Training Institute, Westchester Community College Gateway Center, Valhala, NY
March 11: Attendance at the session will count 2 hours for planning and zoning board members towards their required annual training.  Learn more .

Internal Advocacy (WEBINAR)
March 12: This webinar will explore routes for both external and internal advocacy with a focus on collections care: securing time and funding for preservation initiatives and conservation treatment. It will also discuss opportunities for incorporating information about preservation into all advocacy efforts. More details .

Murder Mystery Weekend, Beekman Arms Delamater Inn, Rhinebeck, NY
March 13: Enjoy two nights' accommodations, interactive theater shows by Murder Cafe, gourmet meals & a 1920's themed party! All in the walking village of Rhinebeck, NY.  Read more .

Saturday Carving Class, Museum Village, Monroe, NY
March 14: Starting with all Levels of carving experience. Sharpening techniques and project planning from the beginning. Find out more .

Beginner Winter Tree Identification, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery, NY
March 15: Come for a guided ramble through the Bear Mountain area and discover how to distinguish local trees without their leaves. More info .

Cultivated Scenery: Thomas Cole and the Art of Design, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY
March 15: Join us for the 17th annual Sunday Salons lecture series. Jean Dunbar, leading historic interiors expert overseeing the restoration of Thomas Cole's Main House will reveal new sources for Thomas Cole's interior designs. Learn more .

Sharing Women’s History in the Hudson River Valley, Henry Wallace Center, Hyde Park, NY
March 17: Convene local partners within and adjacent to the HRVNHA to share commemoration plans and facilitate collaboration. Read more .

The Process of Processing: Creating and Implementing Processing Plans (WEBINAR)
March 18: This webinar will address the reasons for utilizing processing plans in your workflows, as well as the details of how to write one and implement it effectively.  Find out more .

Learn & Create Series " New York's Harlem River Speedway and the Gilded Age", Harness Racing Museum, Goshen, NY
March 19: Enjoy an Italian style luncheon with dessert and then sit back and listen to stories of New York’s Harlem River Speedway and the Gilded Age, presented by museum curator Rebecca Howard. Read more .

Rethink Your Outdoor Space- Learn About Ecoregion Gardening, Pound Ridge Library, Pound Ridge, NY
March 21: Home owners and apartment dwellers can all attract and support more of nature’s bounty. The key is in understanding what characterizes the local ecology. Find out more .

Maple Weekend, Rathbun's Maple Sugar House, Whitehall, NY
March 21, 22, 28, 29: Maple Weekend activities: Open year-round Saturday and Sunday 7am to 1pm, serving our famous homemade pancake breakfast. Horse-drawn wagon rides during maple season in the spring! Learn more .

Sunrise Stroll, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Highland, NY
March 22: Join your fellow early risers to celebrate the first Sunday of Spring and Fall with a Sunrise Stroll on the Walkway. Find out more .

Invasives Strike Force Overview and Conservation Dog Demo, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
March 25: Invasive Species Citizen Science Program Coordinator Brent Boscarino will provide an overview of our Invasives Strike Force programs, highlight ways to get involved in our citizen science initiatives and lead an eco-discovery tour of Fern Tor to Marist College students in a Biodiversity & Conservation course. More info .

Figure Drawing Workshop, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
March 27: This program asks you to look closely at a work in our collection by Julia Santos Solomon’s The Floor Scrapers, 1995, her homage to Gustave Caillebotte’s classic 1875 painting of the same name. Read more .

Bluebird Boxes, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY
March 28: Learn a little bit about this bright sign of Spring, the struggles it faces, and how we can help both study its life and provide safe places for them to flourish. More details .

Spring Wake Up Hike, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson, NY
March 29: Come as we explore the Castle Point Carriage Road and search for signs of spring's awakening on the Shawangunk Ridge. More info .

Meet the Artist Reception, The Gallery at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY
March 31: Join us for the unveiling of inspiring photography by this accomplished Hudson Valley Photographer. Learn more .
Heritage Spotlight: West Point Foundry Preserve
Of the four historic ironworks selected by President James Madison to supply artillery to the U.S. military, only West Point Foundry remains. Operating from 1818-1911, the foundry gained renown during the Civil War by producing Parrott guns, cannons whose range and accuracy gave the North a distinct advantage (prompting a visit from President Abraham Lincoln in 1862). A technological marvel that helped spark America’s rise as an industrial superpower, West Point Foundry also manufactured some of the nation’s first locomotives, ironclad ships and pipes for New York City’s water system. Today, nonprofit Scenic Hudson is responsible for transforming the 97-acre site into an “outdoor museum.” Trails through the wooded preserve, located in a tranquil ravine, pass the significant ruins of foundry buildings. Interpretive features, including a full-scale representation of the boring mill’s 36-foot waterwheel, explore the foundry’s contributions to the Industrial Revolution, its role in the Civil War and the land’s astonishing ecological renewal. Learn more .
Project Spotlight: The Georgi on the Battenkill's Corridor Connection Project (“the Georgi Project”)

The Town of Salem received a Greenway Community Planning grant to improve the Georgi Museum & Park as a key connector point to enhance the public's access to the Battenkill River. The Georgi Museum & Park (“the Georgi”) is a nine acre, municipally owned Museum & Community Park with over 2,000 feet of prime Battenkill River frontage. This property has become a popular spot known for its cultural events and performances, environmentally based summer programs for children, community concerts and recreational use by swimmers, kayakers and fishermen. Its location attracts over 5,000 area residents and visitors annually who are keen to enjoy the museum's offerings, its lush gardens & grounds and its multiple river access sites.The Georgi Project deliverables consisted of improved physical access to and from the river; wayfinding signage to direct and guide visitors to the nearby Hamlet of Shushan; the provision of adequate sanitary facilities to protect the river's environmental integrity and the creation of informational kiosks. The project advanced the Batten Kill Corridor, a priority project as identified in New York State's Open Space Conservation Plan . Learn more about the Georgi Museum & Park and Town of Salem .
Green Tip of the Month: #BYOBagNY 
Approximately 85% of the 23 billion plastic bags used in New York State each year end up in landfills, as litter, or clog our recycling infrastructure. On March 1st a new waste reduction law will come into effect that will ban the distribution of plastic carryout bags in places such as grocery stores, department stores, and convenience stores. Learn more .
Grant and Funding Opportunities

Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Grant Program
Matching grants available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: May 8, 2020 . More info .

Heritage Development Grants
This annual grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area's websiteDeadline:  September 11, 2020.

Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
This grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program. This year's application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail, and makes funding available for Water Trail projects. Deadline:  May 8, 2020 . More  here.

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. Sponsorship's will have an additional focus on events promoting the 19th Amendment and/or Women's in History in the Hudson Valley for the year 2020. 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 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 .

'Trees for Tribs' Streamside Planting Projects in Hudson River Estuary Watershed
Riparian (streamside) buffers are essential for maintaining healthy streams and their conservation is a critical element of any holistic watershed program. If you own or manage property near a stream in the  Hudson estuary watershed , you can apply for assistance from Trees for Tribs. Applicants must complete an application and if the project is selected, recruit volunteers for planting, and maintain the site after the planting is complete. Deadline: March 1, 2020 . Learn more .

 Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards
Each year, we present our Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Awards to up to four exceptional young area leaders in the fields of environmental conservation, historic preservation, the arts, and tourism. Any nonprofit organization working in the Hudson Valley may nominate a candidate and his or her project. Eligible candidates must be undergraduate or graduate students. The project itself may be either a summer or a year-long internship.In addition to the $5,000 awarded to McHenry recipients, the Open Space Institute also awards $1,000 to their sponsoring organizations for supplementary expenses. Deadline: March 2, 2020 . More info .

Mark B. Bain Fellowship
Apply for the Mark B. Bain Fellowship. This fellowship awards up to six full-time research fellowships to advanced graduate students conducting research on the Hudson River system. A fellowship awarded to a doctoral student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $19,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000. A fellowship awarded to a master’s level student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $15,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000. Deadline: March 9, 2020 . Find out more .

Local Government Record Management Improvement Fund
The Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund (LGRMIF) grants program provides funds to help local governments establish records management programs or develop new program components. Deadline: March 13, 2020 . More info .

Agriculture Innovation Center Grant Program
The primary objective of the program is to provide grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers that will provide technical assistance to agricultural producers to market value-added agricultural products. Deadline: March 20, 2020 . More details .

DHPSNY's 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, our 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: March 20, 2020 Learn more .

2020 Pocantico Fellowship
The Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship is a two-week residential fellowship in historic preservation that provides the opportunity to reside and work in the historic Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico Hills, NY from July 21 through August 4, 2020. Deadline: March 27, 2020 . Find out more .

Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program
The health and vitality of our urban & community forests are critical to all our Nation’s Forests. Communities often act as gateways for invasive pests and disease, and well managed community forests, especially when a part of shared stewardship across the landscape, can slow or even halt the spread before they infect neighboring private, state or National forests. Our forests are also under threat from natural disasters including wildland fires, hurricanes, tornados, flooding and landslides. To better equip our communities in preventing and responding to these threats, the U&CF program requests innovative proposals that strengthen urban and community forest resiliency and align with the goals in the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). Collaborative solutions may include but are not limited to: research; prevention; planning; policy; preparedness; implementation; best management practices; recovery; and reforestation that promotes the resilience of our Nation’s urban & community forests. Deadline: March 30, 2020 . Find out more .

Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program
The purpose of the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities. Deadline: March 30, 2020 . Read more .

New York State Environmental Justice Capacity-Building Grant Program
WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT) has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help build administrative, technical, and programmatic capacity of grassroots and community-based organizations working to achieve environmental justice and sustainability in low-income communities, communities of color, or underserved communities across the state. This will be done through a capacity-building grant program, in which WE ACT will award 18 grants – $50,000 each, for a total of $900,000 – to eligible groups throughout New York State’s nine DEC regions. Deadline: March 30, 2020 . More details .

Challenge America Grant Program
The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application using relevant statistics and anecdotal information. Proposals should detail the efforts made to reach the identified underserved population. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Deadline: April 9, 2020 . Learn more .

Buffer in a Bag
The Buffer in a Bag initiative is designed to increase riparian (streamside) buffers statewide by engaging landowners in small-scale plantings. Qualifying private and public landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat. Deadline: April 10, 2020 . Read more .

National Fund for Sacred Places
Sacred places function as hubs for social service programs, the arts, and are vital to human belonging. Many of these aging and architecturally complex facilities require increasingly diverse streams of funding to be sustained as centers of community life in the 21st-century. The National Fund for Sacred Places was born out of a belief that providing technical and financial support for congregations could build capacity and increase the stability of these critical yet disappearing historic community centers. Deadline: April 22, 2020 . More details .

Community Economic Development Projects Grant
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $13.6 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low-income. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit individuals with low-income to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and to ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. Deadline: May 26, 2020 . More info .

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as politics, law (including the social and cultural history of the law), social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The Commission is especially interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. A grant is for one year and for up to $175,000. The Commission expects to make up to 25 grants in this category for a total of up to $3,000,000. Deadline: June 10, 2020 . More details .

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives FY 2021
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history. A grant is for one to three years and between $100,000 and $350,000. Deadline: July 9, 2020 . Read more .

EcoSolution™ Grants  
Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only). Deadline: July 15, 2020 . Learn more .

EcoTech™ Grants  
This program was created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges. We believe that technology can present innovative ways to address environmental challenges – and that when dealing with digital natives, we do ourselves a disservice by asking them to unplug. Deadline: July 15, 2020 . More details .

EcoStem™ Resource Kits
Captain Planet Foundation has developed four ecoSTEM Resource Kits which are perfect for educators getting started with project-based learning. These custom-curated and designed collections of lessons and materials facilitate ecoSTEM learning and using the environment as a context for applying knowledge. Kits include cutting-edge project techniques, 3-dimensional learning, citizen science, and the best materials and equipment identified for each project. Deadline: July 15, 2020 . Read more .

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is Seeking Volunteers
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to spend a week aboard the fine and splendid sloop with us in the spring! If you've been sailing with us for years, or just found out about this extraordinary new community, please submit your application to teach and sail with us next spring. No sailing or teaching experience is necessary, just a strong work ethic, an interest in teaching kids, and a willingness to sing! Come lend a hand where you know you are needed: Apply today

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