Conservancy Trail Grants

New York State Hudson River Valley Greenway

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Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Next deadline: May 8, 2020 1:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Nov 6, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in New York: Albany County, Bronx County, Columbia County, Dutchess County, Greene County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Albany County, Bronx County, Columbia County, Dutchess County, Greene County Show all

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Conservancy Trail Grants

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trails Grant Program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program. The application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail.  

Eligible project categories include:

  • Trail Construction, Planning and Design
  • Trail Rehabilitation or Improvement
  • Trail Education or Interpretation

About the Greenway Conservancy

The Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley is a public benefit corporation that was established in part to facilitate and support the creation of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, a trail network that provides physical and visual access to the Hudson River where possible, from New York City to the Capital Region. In addition, the Greenway Conservancy encourages the development of trails that link to the Greenway Trail System and major trail corridors, forming a larger regional trail network. Through these carefully planned trail linkages and access points, the Greenway Conservancy seeks to promote and preserve the Hudson Valley’s recreational, scenic, natural, cultural, historic and agricultural resources.


Greenway Trails and The Empire State Trail: In January 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans for the New York Empire State Trail, a 750-mile multi use trail that will connect New York City to Canada and Albany to Buffalo. The Empire State Trail will connect the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail and the Erie Canalway Trail, creating the largest state multi-use trail in the nation. The 2018 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program prioritizes links from existing Greenway Trails to the Empire State Trail.

Hudson River Greenway Water Trail: The Water Trail is a series of over 110 access points, day use sites and campsites along 256 miles of the Hudson River and Champlain Canal between Hadley and Whitehall to the north and Manhattan to the south. The goals of the Greenway Water Trail Program are to:

  • Provide launches on both sides of the Hudson River Estuary every ten miles or less and, above theTroy dam, every ten miles or less on at least one side of the river
  • Provide campsites or other overnight accommodations every 15 miles or less
  • Educate users about the safe use of the Hudson River by all boaters

The Greenway Conservancy administers an annual grant program that has offered technical and financial assistance to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations since 1995. Total funding available for 2019 is $500,000 and was allocated through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund. Of that $500,000, a maximum of $50,000 is available for projects on the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail. Funding categories for 2019 include:

  • Trail Construction: Projects to construct trail segments/water trail sites or trail links that further the goals of the Greenway Trail Program.
  • Trail Planning or Design: Projects to complete feasibility studies, design or plan trail segments/water trail sites or trail links that further the goals of the Greenway Trail Program.
  • Trail Rehabilitation or Improvement: Rehabilitation/Improvement projects, including trail amenities, to improve trails/trail segments/water trail sites that further the goals of the Greenway Trail Program.
  • Trail Education or Interpretation: Education and Interpretation Projects, including but not limited to: trail signs, kiosks, mobile tours, websites or apps, guides, trail mapping, cartography, brochures ,conferences, or workshops.

Becoming a Designated Greenway Water Trail Site: The first step in becoming a Greenway Water Trail Site and becoming eligible for Water Trail funding under this grant program is for the landowner to submit a letter of request to become a designated Water Trail Site. A Greenway staff member will meet with the local landowner for a site visit. Following the site visit the local landowner submits a trail designation application, and SEQR forms. Technical assistance from the Greenway is available in filling out these forms. The request is then forwarded to the Greenway Board for approval. A grant application may be submitted now, but funding will not be made unless the designation request is adopted by the Board of Directors.

Funding Guidelines

Funding Range: Requests for Greenway Conservancy funds may be made in the following categories (please see full RFP for project category descriptions):

  • Trail Construction: Up to $75,000
  • Trail Design or planning: Up to $40,000
  • Trail Rehabilitation or Improvement projects: Up to $20,000
  • Trail Education or Interpretation projects: Up to $10,000

Funding Range for Hudson River Greenway Water Trail Grants:

  • Construction, design or planning: Up to $20,000
  • Rehabilitation or Improvement projects: Up to $10,000
  • Education or Interpretation projects: Up to $10,000

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must complete projects previously awarded funds through this grant program or release those funds before being eligible to receive funding in this round.
  • Municipalities and not-for-profit corporations located within the geographic area of the Greenway, as defined by Article 44 of the Environmental Conservation Law, may apply.
    • Municipality: A local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, school district, supervisory district, district corporation, improvement district within a county, city, town or village, or American Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States, or any combination thereof.
    • Not-for-Profit Corporation: A corporation formed pursuant to the not-for-profit corporation law and qualified for tax-exempt status under the federal internal revenue code.
    • Geographic Area of the Greenway: The legislatively defined Greenway area including all of the municipalities within these counties:
      • Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, municipalities in Greene County completely or partially outside of the Catskill Park, and those portions of New York and Bronx counties adjacent to the Hudson River and within the city’s waterfront revitalization program area pursuant to Executive Law Article 42.
  • Eligibility Requirements for Hudson River Greenway Water Trail funding:
    • Launch, campsite and day use site owners located along the Hudson River and Champlain Canal, within the designated Greenway Area, and who are, or wish to become, a part of the water trail system are eligible to participate in the program. Site owners can undertake a variety of projects under this program.
    • The following is a general list of projects that may be funded or provided technical assistance and is intended to provide only general guidance for applicants:
      • Creation of new launches, campsites, or amenities
      • Additional parking and restroom facilities at some boat launches
      • Potable water
      • Standardized on-site kayak storage rack
  • Match Requirement: This is a matching funds program requiring at least a “dollar for dollar” match of funds awarded