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Park and Trail Partnership Program (PTPP) Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofit Organizations
to Enhance Recreational Trails and Parks

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Parks and Trails New York (PTNY) and New York State (NYS) Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP)

Conf. Date:

11/09/17

LOI Date:

10/11/17

Deadline Date:

12/08/17

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for projects to improve and promote recreational trails throughout the state. Applicants requesting funds in the professional development category must submit an LOI by October 11. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the November 1 or November 9 webinar.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is a capacity-building matching grants program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The program is designed to:

-Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.

-Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.

-Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

Award Categories and Matches:

There are four types of capacity-building grants available to eligible organizations through the Park and Trail Partnership Program.

1. Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants

Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants strengthen the capacity and expertise of individual organizations that support New York State parks, trails, historic sites and public lands, or a partnership involving more than one such organization, in order to aid them in fulfilling their mission and to improve their reach, effectiveness, and impact.

Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:
-Development of a multi-year strategic plan or major fundraising/capital or marketing campaign plan.
-Board/staff training and development, including facilitated retreats.
-Website and email newsletter design and development, graphic design, and printing and distribution of digital or print brochures, newsletters and other promotional materials.
-Efforts to expand the organization’s membership and broaden the diversity of support for the organization.
-Software to improve fundraising/development/donor relations, bookkeeping, or
recordkeeping. Grant funds may cover initial software purchase or licensing, but not license renewal.
-Development and implementation of activities that will provide a future ongoing revenue source.
-Development and implementation of a volunteer program.
-Development of partnerships to promote new or strengthen existing collaboration with more than one organization and/or local government to increase public support for and/or participation in the planning, development, promotion or stewardship of the public resource.
-Hiring of temporary contractors, staff or interns to support the organization’s capacity- building work.
-Shared consultant services between more than one eligible organization.

2. Step-Up Grants

Step-up Grants assist organizations with the administrative and legal fees needed to secure 501(c)(3) status, along with the costs associated with completing a consultant-facilitated organizational assessment and resulting plan(s).

3. Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants support the hiring of permanent staff in order to advance organizations to a higher and sustainable level of professionalism, fiscal and administrative stability, and community outreach that in the future they will be able to sustain on their own.

Professional Development Grants may be used to support:
-First Staff Hire: hiring the organization’s first permanent employee, full- or part-time.
-Additional Staff: hiring an additional full- or part-time permanent staff member to fill a critical administrative, outreach or development need, or other key function.
-Upgrade to Full-time Staff: increasing a part-time executive director, or other key staff position to full time.
-Shared Staff: hiring a staff person to be shared by two or more eligible organizations.

Professional Development Grants are meant to support permanent increases in staffing capacity. If an organization is interested in hiring temporary contractors or staff to support the organization’s work, this request would fall under a Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grant or a Stewardship and Public Access Capacity grant.

4. Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants

Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants may be used to assist organizations with the stewardship, interpretation, promotion, education, and public access of a New York State park, trail, historic site or public land, or a partnership involving more than one such organization, which significantly enhances the organization’s visibility and capacity.

Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:
-Public access or engagement improvements, such as interpretive kiosks, exhibits, signage, new trails with signage, and other activities that enhance public enjoyment and access to the public resource.
-Shared consultant services between more than one eligible organization.
-Development and implementation of a community outreach plan to enhance community
access to and enjoyment of the public resource and awareness of the organization’s role in its preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and/or promotion.
-Community and constituency-building initiatives and programs that promote outreach and public education and recreation resulting in greater public support and broader public involvement, especially from new and presently underserved audiences.
-Development and implementation of public resource marketing plans, especially if undertaken in partnership with local tourism promotion efforts.

Examples of projects that are considered construction or rehabilitation are:
-Building rehabilitation.
-Any change to historic structure: adding or removing anything, painting, remodeling or reconstructing.
-Improvements, such as interpretive kiosks, exhibits, signage, new trails with signage, trail work and other activities that enhance public enjoyment and access to the park, trail, site or public land.
-Activities whose costs are part of a larger construction project.
-Activities that involve any ground disturbance or shovel in the ground.
-Activities that require engineering plans and specifications.
-Activities that require State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) review.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164065

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants: Up to $35,000
-Step-Up Grants: Up to $7,500
-Professional Development Grants: Up to $75,000
-Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants: Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants are for one year.

Step-Up Grants are for one year.

Professional Development Grants encompass a period of two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is open to organizations whose primary mission is the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and/or promotion of a specific New York State park, trail, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of OPRHP or Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

In addition:

1. An applicant must be a corporation formed pursuant to or subject to the NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.

2. An applicant must be classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or have a Memorandum of Understanding with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal agent.

3. An applicant must have a current formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with OPRHP or current formal Use and Occupancy, Volunteer and Stewardship Agreement (VSA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DEC at the time the grant is issued.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Eligible organizations interested in applying for a NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program Grant are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming webinars. Groups should receive an invitation via email.

Webinars:

November 1, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
-Webinar for prospective applicants.
-The same webinar is being offered twice.

November 9, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
-Webinar for prospective applicants.
-The same webinar is being offered twice.

More information regarding webinars may be found at the following link under the "Additional Resources/Assistance Tab":
https://www.ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program/apply

Pre-Application Information:

Matching Requirements:
-Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness: A 15 percent match of the total project budget is required, up to 50 percent of which may be in-kind.
-Step-Up Grants: A $500 match is required, cash or in-kind.
-Professional Development Grants: A 25 percent match in cash of the total project budget is required.
-Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants: A 15 percent match of the total project budget is required, up to 50 percent of which may be in-kind.

Applicant organizations must match the grant with non-state funds. Matching funds must be verifiable at the time of application (full-application stage for Professional Development Grants). Documentation of matching funds is required before funding for awarded projects is disbursed.

Organizations interested in a Professional Development Grant must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by October 11, 2017. Full applications are by invitation only. Organizations will be notified in early November if they are invited to submit a full proposal application, due December 8, 2017.

Organizations that submit a full application proposal for Professional Development Grants will be asked to participate in a one-hour interview with PTNY staff as part of the grant application review process.

All final applications must be submitted by December 8, 2017. Award decisions are expected to be announced March 2018.

Eligibility:
https://www.ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program/el

Frequently Asked Questions:
https://www.ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program/faqs

Resources for Applicants:
https://www.ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program/resour

Application Instructions:
https://www.ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program/apply

Application Registration Tutorial Video:
http://youtu.be/etScRJXC2bE

Application Tutorial Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oPa0E3V7uU

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ULUxrLEqb2xGwBJ6wBFCFw2

518-434-1583
grants@ptny.org

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