Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area - Heritage Development Grants

New York State Hudson River Valley Greenway

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Next deadline: Sep 11, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Feb 7, 2021 2:00pm PST, Jun 19, 2021

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Tourism Trail Creation & Maintenance Community Culture & Heritage Parks & Public Spaces Historic Preservation History

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New York: Albany County, Columbia County, Rensselaer County, Rockland County, Saratoga County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Albany County, Columbia County, Rensselaer County, Rockland County, Saratoga County Show all

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Overview:

Update

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area announces the opening of a new Heritage Grant round in order to more timely provide funds to HRVNHA heritage sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that many sites are closed to the public resulting in extraordinary impacts to ticket/tour revenues. This new round of grants will not impact applications received in February 2020.

One notable departure for this round is that staff time is eligible to be reimbursed, but only if that staff time is for the direct development of programming or interpretation, as identified in the grant application. We will be accepting applications with a June 19, 2020 submittal deadline, particularly focused on creating virtual tours and programming. Please note, that there is a new budget form with the application packet. Applicants should not use an older version of the budget form. 

We would also like to remind our partners that NHA Sponsorships are still available to organizations that are planning virtual events and programs. Sponsorships and Heritage Grants will temporarily allow for reimbursement of staff time. This temporary change allows staff time to be reimbursed if it was utilized for the direct development of virtual programming.

Background

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service -Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.

The HRVNHA established this grant program to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. A total of $55,000 is available through this grant program. Projects should resonate with the following interpretive themes outlined in the HRVNHA Management Plan:

  • Freedom and Dignity (Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad and abolitionists, Roosevelt Legacy, Native American Heritage);
  • Nature and Culture (Hudson River Painters, Landscapes of Extraordinary Scenic Character, Exceptional Landscape Design and Architectural Distinction, Environmental Legacy); and
  • Corridor of Commerce (Community, Agriculture, and Settled Landscapes; Labor Movements; Technical and Industrial Innovations).

These grants are intended to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of: programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Who May Apply
    • Municipalities and not-for-profit corporations located within the geographic area of the HRVNHA, as defined by Public Law 104-333 may apply.
      • “Friends groups” of federal and state sites are encouraged to apply.
    • Geographic Area of the HRVNHA:
      • Includes the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, and the Village of Waterford in Saratoga County.
    • 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 with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, 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.
  • A 1 to 1 local match is required, and may be provided in the form of in-kind and/or monetary contributions.

Preferences:

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Projects and Expenditures
    • Transportation and admission expenses related to school field trips (see Teaching the Hudson Valley’s Explore Awards);
    • Acquisition of property or facilities including buildings and sites;
    • Payment for previous activities;
    • Reduction of existing debt;
    • Political or religious activities;
    • Support for existing staff unrelated to the proposed project;
    • Additions to reserve funds or endowments of an organization;
    • Projects or programs that will re-grant the funds received;
    • Marketing specifically related to advertising “for profit” businesses.