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Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program

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:

11/08/19 Close of business

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Grants to eligible New York municipalities to develop plans and projects that address conservation goals for the Hudson River Valley area. Eligible projects include regional planning, the protection of natural and cultural resources, economic development, increasing public access, and heritage and environmental education.

The Hudson River Valley Greenway was established by New York State through the Greenway Act of 1991. Since then, the Greenway has been 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 projects consistent with economic development goals and the tradition of the municipal home rule.

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 administers a grant program to help “Greenway Communities” and participating Greenway Compact Communities achieve these shared goals.

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 Compact

One of the major objectives of the Greenway Act is the development and implementation of a regional planning strategy known as the Greenway Compact. The Greenway Compact planning approach is one of thinking regionally as communities plan locally. It includes physical connections and linkages between communities for local and regional benefit. Additionally, it extends beyond physical linkages to encourage voluntary regional cooperation among the communities and counties of the Hudson River Valley to address issues of collective concern and promote mutually beneficial regional approaches. The Greenway Compact program facilitates a coordinated regional planning process for voluntary cooperation in support of the five Greenway Criteria.

Greenway Compact Development

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.

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:

- Open Space Inventory/Preservation: Open space inventories, comprehensive open space, development of conservation easement programs, transfer of development rights ordinances
- Natural Resource Inventory/Preservation: Natural resource inventories and management plans, critical environmental area designations, natural resource protection ordinances, viewshed analysis, scenic impact review guidelines, scenic road protection, development of scenic easement programs
- Recreational/Trail: Trail planning, construction, wayfinding, interpretive signage
- Other (Including Cultural Resource and Economic Development): Tourism, agriculture protection plans and techniques, main street and waterfront revitalization plans and implementation techniques, cultural resource inventories, historic preservation plans/ordinances
- Comprehensive/Master Planning: Comprehensive plans, master plans, area plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances, site plans

Eligible Expenses for Reimbursement include:

- Contractual and professional consulting services
- Equipment, supplies, and materials
- Construction costs

This is a competitive grant program. 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 (if applicable)
3. Innovation and Transferability: Higher ranking projects will be innovative and applicable elsewhere
4. Intermunicipal projects will rate higher than single-community projects
5. Amount of grant award contingent on funding availability

Additional Guidelines for the Greenway Compact Grant Program

The Greenway Act of 1991 provides certain incentives for communities that adopt and implement the Greenway Compact, including a 5% preference in certain state grants ranking systems. In order to provide an additional major incentive for the development and implementation of the county or regional Compact strategy, Greenway Compact Communities are eligible to receive more than $10,000 in matching grant funds.

Compact Development and Local Adoption Projects: Counties, individually or cooperatively, can apply for expenses related to Greenway Compact Plan development or adoption by cities, towns and villages. Projects may include multiple phases. Funding for the final sub-phase of the work program will be fully disbursed upon completion of the county or regional Compact document, approval and/or adoption by the county legislature and chief executive officer, and final acceptance by the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council.

Compact Implementation Projects: Compact implementation project funding may be utilized for planning efforts or site-specific projects that are identified in or consistent with the approved county or regional Compact Plan. Specific references must be cited.

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.

Compact Communities will also be considered for funding above $10,000.

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.

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: https://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/community-planning-0. 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:

Applications must be received by close of business on deadline. Deadlines for 2019: February 8, May 10, August 16, & October 11

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.

Match Requirement: 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. All match, including in-kind services, must be made after the grant is awarded and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is signed by the grantee and the Greenway. Federal funds are eligible to be used as match, state funds are not.

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.

Applications must be emailed by the close of business on due date to grants@hudsongreenway.ny.gov. Please use subject line “Hudson River Valley Greenway Planning Grant for (NAME OF APPLICANT)”

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

Hudson River Valley Greenway
625 Broadway 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12207
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: https://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/greenway-area-map

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