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

Grants & Funding

Grants Platform Transition

Grant applications for all Hudson River Valley Greenway and Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage grant programs, including Community/Compact Planning, Conservancy Trail, and Heritage Development Grants have moved to an online application process hosted by Good Grants, an online grants platform. The online HRVG Grants Platform went live on November 5, 2022, and is the only way to apply for our grants.

You can access the HRVG Grant Platform here.

All applicants are now required to submit grant applications on the new online platform in order to apply for funding. Applicants must register on the HRVG Grant Platform using their email address. Please use the email of the person who will be the day-to-day contact for the grant if awarded. Once you have registered for an account, you will have access to the Greenway and National Heritage Area’s grant applications. All information will be filled out online, and you may save your work and return later to continue the application, up until the grant deadline.

For detailed information on enrolling new applicants see "Applicant Instructions for Registering a New Account" and for accessing existing grants see "Grantee Instructions for Registering a New Account" in the documents menu below.

You will still need to download the budget spreadsheet and Grant Guidelines specific to your application below. Completed budget files must be uploaded to the HRVG Grant Platform in order for your application to be considered eligible.

Grant Application Files

Community Grants

Upcoming Due Dates:
Applications due Feb 3, 2023; Projected award/agreement start Mar 8, 2023.
Applications due May 5, 2023; Projected award/agreement start June 14, 2023.
Applications due Sep 1, 2023; Projected award/agreement start Oct 11, 2023.
Applications due Nov 3, 2023; Projected award/agreement start Dec 6, 2023.

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.

Conservancy Trail Grants

Upcoming Due Dates:
Applications due Feb 3, 2023; Projected award/agreement start Mar 8, 2023.
Applications due May 5, 2023; Projected award/agreement start June 14, 2023.
Applications due Sep 1, 2023; Projected award/agreement start Oct 11, 2023.
Applications due Nov 3, 2023; Projected award/agreement start Dec 6, 2023.

*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

National Heritage Area Grants

This program offers funding for projects that further the goals and mission of the Maurice D. Hinchey 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 $7,500.

For more information, visit hudsonrivervalley.com/heritage-development-grants.

National Heritage Area Sponsorships

The Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (the Heritage Area) seeks to 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. 

For more information, visit hudsonrivervalley.com/sponsorships.