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Grants to New York Nonprofits to Enhance Recreational Areas

NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grant (PTPP)


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Funding Source
Parks and Trails New York Inc
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/08/23 - Letters of Intent for Professional Development applications are due 07/27/23. Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for activities that enhance public lands and recreational areas throughout the state. Some applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to maintain and promote historic sites, trails, parks, and public lands. Additionally, funding may be used to build organizational capacity and promote tourism and economic development.

Program Goals

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.

Grant Types:

  1. Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants: Strengthen the capacity and expertise of 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.
  2. Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants: May be used to assist Friends organizations with the stewardship, interpretation, promotion, education, and public access of a New York State Park or Historic Site, or a partnership involving more than one such organization, which significantly enhances the organization’s visibility and capacity.
  3. Professional Development Grants: Support the hiring of permanent staff in order to advance Friends 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. 
  4. Step-Up Grants: Assist Friends 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).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grant program is open to organizations whose mission reflects the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and/or promotion of a New York State park, trail, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), or Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). These organizations are typically referred to as “Friends groups”.
- An applicant must be registered as a charity with the New York State Attorney General’s office and submit its CHAR500/410 Annual Financial Report.
- 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.
- An applicant must have, and be in good standing under, a current agreement applicable to the grant request with OPRHP or DEC or have received a letter of intent to enter into such agreement.
- An applicant must have as part of its mission and activities the support of an OPRHP or DEC facility.

Pre-Proposal Conference
July 6: Webinar for Professional Development applicants
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July 19: Webinar for Professional Development applicants
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Pre-Application Information
Special Round 9 Schedule
- June 30: Application process opens
- July 27: Letters of Intent due (for Professional Development applications)
- January 2024: Awards announced for Round 9
- End of January 2024: First half of award funds distributed

Required Matches:
- For Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants, a 10% match is required
- For Step-Up Grants, a $500 match is required
- For Professional Development Grants, a 20% catch match is required.
- For Stewardship and Public Access Grants, a 10% match is required.


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Estimated Size of Grant
- Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants: Up to $200,000
- Step-Up Grants: Up to $20,000
- Professional Development Grants: Up to $150,000
- Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants: Up to $300,000

Term of Contract
Professional Development Grants encompass a period of two years.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, contact the Grant Coordinator, Jonathan Duda at: or 518-434-1583.

Parks & Trails New York
33 Elk Street
Albany NY 12207

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