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Hudson River Valley Greenway Grants

Grants to Eligible New York Municipalities for Planning
and Conservation Projects in the Hudson River Valley Area

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Hudson River Valley Greenway

Deadline Date:

10/12/18 Postmarked or emailed by 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants typically ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 and grants starting at $10,000 for eligible New York municipalities for land use planning or conservation projects in the Hudson River Valley area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Funding Source prior to submitting an application to discuss proposed projects. Funding is intended for projects that address local issues, or collaborative projects that involve a group of communities working together to address both local and regional issues.

The Greenway has designated the counties as the basic planning areas for the development of the Greenway Compact. Counties may initiate the development of a county-level Greenway Compact Plan, which makes recommendations and outlines best practices for incorporating Greenway principles into local land use planning. Municipalities can voluntarily choose to “opt-in” to their county’s Greenway Compact Plan by incorporating its principles into their land use regulations, thereby demonstrating their commitment to the shared values embodied within the Compact Plan. Through adoption of a Greenway Compact Plan, a municipality is thereby considered a participating Greenway Compact Community, and eligible for increased Greenway project funding.

The Greenway area includes all of the municipalities within these counties: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, municipalities in Greene County outside of the Catskill Park; and those portions of New York and Bronx counties adjacent to the Hudson River and within the city’s local waterfront revitalization program.

The Greenway program is committed to the preservation, enhancement, and development of the world-renowned scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Hudson River Valley while supporting programs consistent with economic development goals and the tradition of municipal home rule.

The five Greenway criteria include:

- Natural and Cultural Resource Protection: Protect, preserve, and enhance natural resources, including natural communities, open spaces, cultural and historic resources, scenic roads and scenic areas.
- Regional Planning: Working together to develop mutually beneficial regional strategies for natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access and heritage and environmental education.
- Economic Development: Encourage economic development compatible with the preservation and enhancement of natural and cultural resources including agriculture, tourism, and the revitalization of established community centers and waterfronts.
- Public Access: Promote increased public access to the Hudson River through the creation of riverside parks and the development of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System.
- Heritage and Environmental Education: Promote awareness among residents and visitors about the Valley’s natural, cultural, scenic and historic resources.

Greenway Communities can undertake a variety of projects under this program that are consistent with the
Greenway criteria or advance the Greenway compact. The following list of projects is intended to provide only general guidance for applicants:

- Community/Regional Planning: Comprehensive plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances, site plans
- Economic Development: Tourism, agriculture protection plans and techniques, main street and waterfront revitalization plans and implementation techniques
- Natural Resource Protection: Natural resource inventories and management plans, critical environmental area designations, natural resource protection ordinances
- Cultural Resource Protection (Cultural resource inventories, historic preservation plans/ordinances)
- Scenic Resource Protection (Viewshed analysis, scenic impact review guidelines, scenic road protection, development of scenic easement programs)
- Open Space Protection (Open space inventories, comprehensive open space, recreation and trails plans, development of conservation easement programs, transfer of development rights ordinances)

Expenses eligible for reimbursement include, but are not limited to:

- Local staff time for work on compact development, including attendance at public meetings or staff-level meetings. Mileage for staff attendance at public meetings is not eligible for reimbursement, but is permitted to be used as part of the local match.
- Printing, production costs and/or informational material related to the compact document.
- Professional consulting services.

Applications will be rated on the following:

1. How well the projects help advance the Greenway Criteria
2. How well the projects advance the Greenway Compact
3. Innovation and Transferability: Higher ranking projects will be innovative and applicable elsewhere

Additional Factors:
- Amount of grant award contingent on funding availability.
- Intermunicipal projects will rate higher than single-community projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180428

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for Greenway funds typically range from $5,000—$10,000. Intermunicipal collaboration projects that involve two or more municipalities will be considered for funding in excess of $10,000.

Greenway Compact Communities are eligible to receive more than $10,000 in matching grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Greenway Communities Grant Eligibility Guidelines:

This grant program is open to municipalities that are within the designated Greenway area and have adopted a local board resolution to become a designated “Greenway Community.” The resolution demonstrates that the community supports the Greenway Criteria and the voluntary process for the development of the Greenway Compact. A sample resolution is available in Supporting Documents.

2. Greenway Compact Communities Grant Eligibility Guidelines:

Communities that have adopted an approved Greenway Compact Plan are eligible for increased grant funding and additional benefits under this program. In addition to the requirements for the Greenway Communities Grant Program, municipalities must be a participating community in a Greenway Compact Plan. To become a Greenway Compact Community, a community must pass a local law adopting an approved Greenway Compact Plan. For more information on the Greenway Compact, please click here: http://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/Planning/Greenway_Compact.aspx.
Additional guidelines for the Greenway Compact Grant Program are provided in part E of the Grant Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

Municipalities must be located within the geographic area of the Greenway in order to be eligible. The Greenway area includes all of the municipalities within these counties: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, municipalities in Greene County outside of the Catskill Park; and those portions of New York and Bronx counties adjacent to the Hudson River and within the city’s local waterfront revitalization program area pursuant to Executive Law Article 42. To determine if your community is a Greenway Community, please reference the map in Supporting Documents or contact the Greenway office.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Deadlines: February 9, May 4, August 10, October 12. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 PM.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Greenway prior to submitting an application to discuss proposed projects.

Applicants will be allowed a conference period with Greenway staff up to the grant deadline. This period will allow applicants to ask staff for feedback and input on the grant project and application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Greenway prior to submitting an application to discuss proposed projects.

This is a matching funds program requiring “dollar for dollar” match of funds awarded. Greenway grant assistance toward the cost of the projects shall not exceed 50% of the approved project's cost. Federal and State funds are eligible to be used as match. Local match may be provided as in-kind services or other non-monetary contributions. Mileage is not reimbursable but may be used for local match.

Greenway grant funds are provided on a reimbursement basis; advance funds are not provided. Successful applicants must document project expenditures, the required match, and submit a New York State Claim for Payment form to receive funds. If a project involves the development of a plan or similar product, final payment of funding will not be made until the plan is completed in final form and adopted by the governing body of the relevant municipality.

Contact Information:

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

Please email the full application packet to hrvg@hudsongreenway.ny.gov.

Or, mail or deliver (1) original hard copy and (1) CD ROM with completed application and related materials to:

Address: Hudson River Valley Greenway
625 Broadway - 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12207

Scott Keller, Acting Executive Director
hrvg@hudsongreenway.ny.gov

Please note that due to building security, for hand delivery you must contact the Hudson River Valley Greenway office ahead of time to arrange delivery at 518-473-3835.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Within the geographic area of the Greenway. The Greenway area includes all of the municipalities within these counties: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, municipalities in Greene County outside of the Catskill Park; and those portions of New York and Bronx counties adjacent to the Hudson River and within the city’s local waterfront revitalization program area pursuant to Executive Law Article 42. To determine if your community is a Greenway Community, please reference this map: http://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/Libraries/PDF_s/Greenway_Map_08-04-16.sflb.ashx

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