Greenway Communities Grant Program
Grants to Eligible New York Municipalities for Planning
and Conservation Projects in the Hudson River Valley Area
and Conservation Projects in the Hudson River Valley Area
Hudson River Valley Greenway
09/08/17 Postmarked or emailed by 4:00 PM
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 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 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 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.
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
- Amount of grant award contingent on funding availability.
- Intermunicipal projects will rate higher than single-community projects
Requests for Greenway funds typically range from $5,000 to $10,000. Intermunicipal collaboration projects that involve two or more municipalities will be considered for funding in excess of $10,000.
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.
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.
2017 Deadlines are February 3, May 5, and September 8.
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.
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 see here: http://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/Planning/Greenway_Compact.aspx
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Greenway office: (518) 473-3835
USA: New York City; New York: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, municipalities in Greene County outside of the Catskill Park; and portions of New York and Bronx counties
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