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Environmental Protection Fund Grant Program for Parks, Preservation and Heritage (EPF)

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies
for Parks, Recreation, and Preservation Projects

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

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07/26/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York government agencies and nonprofit organizations for the planning, acquisition, improvement, and development of parks, heritage areas, and historic properties. Nonprofit applicants must pre-qualify before applying. Funding is intended to cover costs related to design and professional fees, archaeology, project planning, construction, acquisition, and administration.

Funding is intended for three program categories: Parks Program, Historic Preservation Program, and Heritage Areas Program:
- Parks Program: A matching grant program for the acquisition, development and planning of parks and recreational facilities to preserve, rehabilitate or restore lands, waters or structures for park, recreation or conservation purposes and for structural assessments and/or planning for such projects. Funds may be awarded for indoor or outdoor projects and must reflect the priorities established in NY Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
- Historic Preservation Program: A matching grant program to improve, protect, preserve, rehabilitate, restore or acquire properties listed on the State or National Registers of Historic Places and for structural assessments and/or planning for such projects.
- Heritage Areas Program: A matching grant program for projects to acquire, preserve, rehabilitate or restore lands, waters or structures, identified in the approved management plans for Heritage Areas designated under section 35.03 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and for structural assessments or planning for such projects. Projects must fall within a New York State Designated Heritage Area. To ensure a public benefit from the investment of state funds, appropriate long-term protections in the form of public access covenants, preservation covenants or conservation easements will be conveyed to the State for all Heritage Area grants.

For information about eligible budget items, see:

Priority projects are those that clearly demonstrate and document impact, planning initiatives, reasonableness of cost, and OPRHP Commissioner priorities for 2019. For additional information about funding priorities, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 171882

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are capped at $600,000. If the total project cost is greater than $4,000,000, up to $1,000,000 may be requested.

Term of Contract:

It is anticipated that acquisition and planning projects will be completed within one year and construction projects within two years; projects must be completed within five years from the date of the award of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds are available to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest. Eligible types of applicants are:
- Municipalities
- State Agencies
- Public Benefit Corporations
- Public Authorities
- Not-for-profit Corporations that have tax-exempt status under the IRS code, are current with pertinent federal and state filings, and are pre-qualified in the Grants Gateway.

The applicant must have an ownership interest in the project property. Where the applicant is not the property owner:
- If the project is for planning only, the owner must grant the applicant any access necessary to complete the project.
- If the project involves acquisition of the property, the application must include documentation of the owner’s intent to sell, donate or transfer the property.
- If the project involves improvement/development of the property, the owner must agree to sign the project agreement and any long-term protection document.
- If there are additional parties with an ownership interest in the property, including lien holders, all parties must agree to sign the project agreement and all lien holders must subordinate their interests to those of the State.

For Historic Preservation Grants:
- Grant funds cannot be used for constructing contemporary additions on an historic property unless that work will provide universal access and/or eliminate code deficiencies for access/egress, such as an elevator or stair tower.
- Multi-purpose additions to historic buildings and free-standing new construction on historic properties are not eligible for this grant program.
- The expense of packing/storing of furnishings and artwork is allowed when required to complete an awarded project for grant-assisted interior work, such as installation of a fire suppression system, or plaster/decorative finishes.
- For projects on sectarian properties, grant assistance can fund only costs necessary for historically accurate restoration to restore and preserve the historic integrity of the historic property, and only to the extent that those costs exceed the cost of basic rehabilitation.

For a list of ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is 4:00 PM, Friday, July 26, 2019.

The Consolidated Funding Application is the system to be used to apply for OPRHP's Environmental Protection Fund Grant Program for Parks, Preservation and Heritage (EPF).

Not-for-profit organizations must be prequalified in the Grants Gateway as of 4:00 PM on July 26, 2019:

Successful applicants are reimbursed for up to 50 percent of their eligible expenditures. For projects located in impoverished areas (as defined by 10 percent or more of the population below the poverty level according to the most recent Census data as provided in the “Poverty Level Table by ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA)” the reimbursement can be up to 75 percent of the eligible project cost. All applicants are expected to raise their share within one year of the award, or risk cancellation of the grant.

This grant program is administered on a reimbursement basis. Successful applicants will be expected to fund project expenditures upfront, then submit for reimbursement. Applicants must plan their financial arrangements accordingly.

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

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Questions about, or proposals for, listing on the State or National Register should be directed to the OPRHP National Register Unit at (518) 268-2213.

For more information, contact the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) Regional Grants Administrator (RGA) for your county. See contact information here:

Beatrice Gamache
Assistant Director, Contract Bureau
(518) 474-0427

General contact information:
+1 (716) 846-8200
+1 (716) 846-8260
95 Perry Street
Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203-3030

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