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Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums (ZBGA) Grant Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Municipal Agencies to
Support Collections of Plants, Animals, and Habitats

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

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York nonprofit and municipal organizations to support the operation of exhibitions and collections of plants, animals, and habitats. Applicants are advised that required registrations and prequalifications may take up to ten business days to complete. Eligible organizations may include, but are not necessarily limited to zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, aquariums, bird sanctuaries, natural habitat preserves, natural science museums, and nature and environmental centers.

ZBGA is a non-competitive, eligibility-based grant program that provides consistent operational support for existing natural heritage collections and interpretive programs, with the goal of elevating and expanding the quantity and quality of natural heritage learning opportunities available to the public.

ZBGA provides reimbursement for expenses related to the care, maintenance, security and interpretation of eligible collections. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179142

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for a five-year period commencing on April 1, 2021 and expiring on March 31, 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be municipal or not-for-profit organizations that own, house and care for living or systematically organized collections of biological specimens and that primarily provide such services to the general public on a regular and predictable basis.Eligible collections must meet at least one of the below definitions:
a) Preserved and systematically organized biological objects such as vascular and nonvascular plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals and fossils that are interpreted in conjunction with living collections;
b) Living animals and plants that are cared for and interpreted for the public in artificial or substitute habitats as captives or transplants;
c) Natural habitats of New York State that are formally dedicated in perpetuity to be maintained as viable, natural ecological associations for wild animals and plants, and that are interpreted for the public.

Eligible organizations may include, but are not necessarily limited to: zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, aquariums, bird sanctuaries, natural habitat preserves, natural science museums, and nature and environmental centers.

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Organizations with collections that include both eligible and ineligible categories and otherwise meet all program criteria are eligible only for assistance in areas relating to the natural heritage portions of their collections and public service programs.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. EST
- Review and Site visits: January through April 2021
- Eligiblity Notice: April-May (projected)

To apply for the 2021-26 ZBGA grant opportunity, your organization must be registered in the Grants Gateway. In addition to registering, not-for-profit organizations must also complete the Vendor Prequalification process in the Grants Gateway to be considered eligible to apply for this grant opportunity. Government entities and public authorities are currently not required to complete the Vendor Prequalification Process.

New York State reserves 5-10 business days from the receipt of complete Prequalification applications to conduct its review. If supplementary information or updates are required, review times will be longer. Due to the length of time this process could take to complete, it is advised that nonprofits Prequalify as soon as possible. Failure to successfully complete the Prequalification process early enough may result in a grant application being disqualified. See

Only applications submitted through the New York State Grants Gateway will be accepted.

Contact Information:

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

New York State Grants Gateway:

Greta Alvarado, Community Programs Assistant
(518) 474-6736 (preferred)

Ian Benjamin, Community Programs Coordinator
(518) 474-0428 (preferred)

Grants Gateway Help Desk:
Phone: (518) 474-5595

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