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Heritage Development Grant Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Municipalities to Preserve
the Hudson River Valley's Cultural and Natural Resources

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Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA)

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02/09/18 4:00 PM Postmark


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and municipalities to protect, preserve, and interpret culture and natural resources in the Hudson River Valley. This program provides seed funding for marketing, promotion, programming, and interpretation projects.


The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.

The HRVNHA established this grant program to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants.

Projects should resonate with the following interpretive themes outlined in the HRVNHA Management Plan:
-Freedom and Dignity (Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad and abolitionists, Roosevelt Legacy, Native American Heritage);
-Nature and Culture (Hudson River Painters, Landscapes of Extraordinary Scenic Character, Exceptional Landscape Design and Architectural Distinction, Environmental Legacy); and
-Corridor of Commerce (Community, Agriculture, and Settled Landscapes; Labor Movements; Technical and Industrial Innovations).

The National Park Service (NPS) has established goals to expand its reach and engage new audiences. The HRVNHA is a partner in helping the NPS achieve its goals to increase the visibility of its programs to new audiences, connect with the next generation of visitors and stewards, and to increase visitation to parks and sites of all sizes to young people, urban dwellers, and disadvantaged populations. To help achieve these goals in the Hudson Valley, the 2018 Heritage Development Grant Program will give priority to projects that embrace diversity, reach out to underserved populations, and those projects that connect their audiences to recreational resources.

Grant Program Goals:

The HRVNHA has identified the following goals for this grant program:
-Fund projects and programs that serve to advance the mission of the HRVNHA and fulfill the objectives of its Management Plan;
-Fund projects that encourage diversity and target new audiences including youth and minority populations;
-Encourage collaboration and partnerships among heritage sites, governmental and non- governmental organizations and the business community;
-Engage partners that can leverage additional resources to complement the efforts of heritage sites and of the HRVNHA;
-Fill a gap in funding for interpretation, tourism marketing, and community development projects and programs in the HRVNHA region;
-Connect more people to the natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources of the Hudson River Valley;
-Promote the Hudson Valley as a single tourism destination;
-Increase visitation to heritage sites;
-Complement projects related to Path Through History and/or the Regional Economic Development Council Plans.

Funding Priorities:

Priority will be given to projects that exhibit one or more of the following qualities:
-Highest priority will be given to projects or programs that feature a designated Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site;
-Projects that connect multiple heritage sites thematically or geographically;
-Projects that support diversity or target new audiences, including urban populations, youth, and minority populations;
-Projects that promote recreational activities and connections to local and regional recreational assets like the Hudson River Greenway Trail System and the Empire State Trail;
-Projects that are part of a larger local/regional/statewide heritage initiative like Path Through History or the Hudson River Valley Ramble;
-Projects that involve partnerships with other heritage sites, municipalities, and for profit or not-for-profit organizations.
-Projects that incorporate mechanisms for sustainability beyond the period of the grant;
-Projects and programs that serve to advance the mission of the HRVNHA and fulfill the objectives of its Management Plan.

Specific Guidelines for each Category (Note: Choose the one category that best aligns with your project in Part A of the application):

Category 1: Marketing and Promotion
-Initiatives that promote heritage sites as tourism destinations;
-Projects or strategies that will increase visitation to sites;
-Projects or strategies that include multiple heritage sites or partners.

Category 2: Programming and Interpretation
-Programs that create or further develop opportunities for public education about the area’s history;
-Experiential programming or interpretation;
-Projects that use technology to engage new audiences and visitors;
-Living history programs and reenactments.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139075

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 dollars for individual organizations. Projects that include multiple partners will be eligible to receive more than $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities and not-for-profit corporations located within the geographic area of the HRVNHA, as defined by Public Law 104-333 may apply. “Friends groups” of federal and state sites are encouraged to apply.

Geographic Area of the HRVNHA: Includes the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, and the Village of Waterford in Saratoga County.

Municipality: A local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, school district, supervisory district, district corporation, improvement district within a county, city, town or village, or American Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof.

Not-for-profit Corporation: A corporation formed pursuant to the not-for-profit corporation law and qualified for tax-exempt status under the federal internal revenue code.

Ineligible Projects and Expenditures:
-Transportation and admission expenses related to school field trips (see Teaching the Hudson Valley’s Explore Awards: for funding);
-Acquisition of property or facilities including buildings and sites;
-Payment for previous activities;
-Reduction of existing debt;
-Political or religious activities;
-Support for existing staff unrelated to the proposed project;
-Additions to reserve funds or endowments of an organization;
-Projects or programs that will re-grant the funds received;
-Marketing specifically related to advertising “for profit” businesses.

Pre-Application Information:

A 1 to 1 local match is required, and may be provided in the form of in-kind or monetary contributions.

All applications must be emailed or postmarked no later than 4:00 PM, February 9, 2018.

Program Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications may be emailed (preferred method) by the deadline to:

Please use subject line “HRVNHA Heritage Development Grant for (NAME OF APPLICANT)”

Please call to confirm receipt of emailed applications, or to arrange hand delivery:

Hard copy applications must be submitted to the following address:

Hudson River Valley Greenway
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12207

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland counties, and the Village of Waterford in Saratoga County