Grantees holding big checks at the Greenway's June 2018 Board Meeting

Grants & Funding

Grants & Funding

Community Grants

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to develop plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Higher amounts are awarded for intermunicipal projects.

Greenway Communities Grant Program provides grant funding to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives.

Typical grants under the Greenway Communities Grant Program range from $5,000 - $10,000, with greater financial assistance available for projects involving two or more municipalities.

Greenway Compact communities are eligible to receive more than $10,000 for projects that develop, approve, and implement a compact strategy consistent with the Greenway criteria and the Greenway Act. Typical grant amounts range between $5,000 and $25,000.

Application, Program Guidelines, and a Sample Municipal Resolution can be found below. 

All applications must be received by the close of business on the due date via email below.

Deadlines for 2020: February 7, May 8, September 11, November 6

The ZIP file below contains the currently accepted Greenway Planning Grant Application, Guidelines for the program, a Budget Worksheet, and a Sample Resolution. Please use only the most current forms (current forms will have the due dates for this year in the footer on each page of the application). Download the entire file to your computer, right-click on the file and select "Extract All" to 'unzip' the file. 

Conservancy Trail Grants

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trails 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. The application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail.  

Eligible project categories include:

  • Trail Construction, Planning and Design
  • Trail Rehabilitation or Improvement
  • Trail Education or Interpretation

For 2020, due dates are May 8 and November 6. 

National Heritage Area Grants

This program offers funding for projects that further the goals and mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area: to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation. These grants are intended to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of: programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. Highest priority will be given to projects or programs that feature a designated Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site. Grant amounts are typically between $1,000 and $5,000.

For 2020, these grants are due on February 7 and September 11.

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Teaching the Hudson Valley "Explore Awards"

Transportation and admissions costs for school fieldtrips to historic and environmental destinations in the Hudson River Valley. For more information visit