Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area - Heritage Development Grants

New York State Hudson River Valley Greenway


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

Anticipated deadline: Feb 9, 2019 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

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

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

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Overview:

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 HRVNHA 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 $60,000 is available through this grant program. Projects should resonate with the following interpretive themes outlined in the HRVNHA Management Plan:

  • Freedom and Dignity (Colonial Period, Revolutionary War, Social and Political Issues, Great Americans); 
  • Nature and Culture (Landscapes and Gardens, Architecture, Art and Artists, Hudson River School, Parks and Environment); and
  • Corridor of Commerce (Transportation, Industry and Commerce). 

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. 


The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. While fulfilling the goals of this grant program, proposed projects should reflect the mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and be consistent with the goals of its Management Plan.


Specific Guidelines for each Category (Note: Choose the one category that best aligns with your project):


Category 1: Marketing and Promotion

  • Initiatives that promote Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area sites as tourism destinations;
  • Projects or strategies that will increase visitation to sites, especially among diverse audiences;
  • Projects or strategies that include multiple heritage sites or partners;
  • Projects that promote a connection between heritage sites, landscape destinations, “main streets”, or recreational opportunities.

Category 2: Programming and Interpretation

  • Projects that target diverse audiences;
  • Projects that create or further develop opportunities for public education about our history;
  • Programs and interpretive projects that connect heritage sites and local communities;
  • Experiential programming or interpretation;
  • Using technology to engage new audiences and visitors;
  • Living history programs and reenactments.

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

Eligibility:

  • 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.
  • Projects that include multiple partners will be eligible to receive more than $5,000;
  • Projects must involve places or buildings that are publicly-accessible;

Preferences:

  • Priority will be given to projects that exhibit one or more of the following qualities:
    • Highest priority will be given to projects or programs that feature a designated Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site (For a listing click here).
    • Projects and programs that serve to advance the mission of the HRVNHA and fulfill the objectives of its Management Plan;
    • Projects that support diversity or target new audiences, including urban populations, youth, and minority populations;
    • Projects that connect multiple heritage sites thematically or geographically;
    • Projects that are part of a larger local, regional, or statewide heritage initiative like Path Through History;
    • Projects that incorporate mechanisms for sustainability beyond the period of the grant;
    • Projects that involve partnerships with other heritage sites, municipalities, and for profit or not-for-profit organizations