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

Grants & Funding

Community Grants

2022 deadlines are Feb 4, May 6, Sep 2, and Nov 4.

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.

2022 Council and Compact Grant Application Materials

Conservancy Trail Grants

2022 deadlines are Sep 2, and Nov 4

*Please Note: As of 5/13/2022, an updated version of the Conservancy Trails Grant Application has been added, with additional project categories and maximum awards. Applications submitted after 5/13/2022 must be on this new form.*

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
  • Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction on Trails

2022 Conservancy Trail Grant Application Materials

National Heritage Area Grants

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area announces the opening of a new Heritage Grant round in order to more timely provide funds to HRVNHA heritage sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that many sites are closed to the public resulting in extraordinary impacts to ticket/tour revenues.

One notable departure for this round is that staff time is eligible to be reimbursed, but only if that staff time is for the direct development of programming or interpretation, as identified in the grant application. We will be accepting applications focused on creating virtual tours and programming. Please note, that there is a new budget form with the application packet. Applicants should not use an older version of the budget form.

We would also like to remind our partners that NHA Sponsorships are still available to organizations that are planning virtual events and programs. Sponsorships and Heritage Grants will temporarily allow for reimbursement of staff time. This temporary change allows staff time to be reimbursed if it was utilized for the direct development of virtual programming.

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.

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