August 2018
Barnabas McHenry, Chairman Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Kevin M. Burke, Chairman, Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley,
Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Scott Keller, Acting Executive Director Greenway,
Acting Director National Heritage Area 
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Opportunities
Next Month is the 19th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble!
This year's  Hudson River Valley Ramble  will be held September 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22 -23, and 29-30.The 2018 Ramble will feature around 200 recreational and cultural events highlighting the rich diversity of the Hudson River Valley region. To find the Ramble event just for you, please click  here .
Many of you have wondered "How many people will use the Empire State Trail annually?"
Alta Planning + Design has answered this question for the Hudson River Valley Greenway. This was accomplished by analyzing trail use data of more than 50 locations across New York State and then applying a statistical analyses that could create an annual trail user estimate. It was reported that when the trail is completed in 2020 the 750-mile EST will have a total of 8.6 million trail users annually. When you break that down it would be 4.8 million users on the Hudson Valley Section (NYC to Albany), 3.4 million users on the Erie Canalway Trail Section (Cohoes to Buffalo), and 480,000 users on the Champlain Valley Trail Section (Waterford to Canada). Though 8.6 million annual trail users is a great estimate more data is necessary to improve the accuracy of these projections. For the full report click here .
CEDC Issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for Feasibility of Rail Trail from Hudson to Philmont
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct consulting work to determine the feasibility of constructing a multi-use Rail Trail connecting Hudson and Philmont in Columbia County. CEDC is collaborating with Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) in the development of this feasibility study.  Consulting work will be funded in part by a 2017 Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Grant . The project will be monitored by CLC and the Greenway. Proposals to the RFP will be due Friday, August 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM, with RFP questions or clarifications due by August 3, 2018. CEDC will review and consider all responses submitted and anticipates making an award on August 27, 2018. You can find the RFP on CEDC's website. Learn more here .
Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count
Join the Hudson River Estuary Program Saturday, August 11th for their Fish Count! Fresh upriver and salty at New York City, the Hudson estuary and its watershed are home to more than 200 fish species. The count takes place at 19 sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson from Staten Island in New York City to Peebles Island State Park in the Capital Region. During this family-friendly event, participants are invited to explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river’s surface. Depending on the site, seines, minnow traps, or rods and reels are used. Participants may don waders to help haul a seine - a curtain of net used in shallow water - or try their luck with a fishing rod. After naturalists display and discuss the catch, the fish are released back to the river. Participating groups share results during the day to see how the Hudson's range of habitats and salinities supports a wide array of fishes, and to appreciate the estuary's vitality in both urban and rural settings. The Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count is free. For details on sites, locations, and times, please visit DEC’s Fish Count website. The event is sponsored by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program.
Sharing Stories: A Practice-based Training Program on Communicating Contested Histories in Shared Cultural Heritage’
The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands is very happy to organize this training in cooperation with the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam University of the Arts). This training aims to reflect on the engagement with and presentation of shared cultural heritage topics in museums that might be considered as being ‘contested . The training program will cover two weeks, from December 3 through 14, 2018 and is open to a limited number of upcoming museum professionals and academics.The training is offered to 22 upcoming museum professionals and academics from (vocational) universities, who are currently active in Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, the United States of America and the Netherlands. Preferably, two participants from each country, one museum professional and one academic, will be able to partake in the training. The training is centered around practice-based lectures, discussions and talks, field trips to museums, workshops and training sessions and self-study based on selected literature. These aspects require the active participation of the participants. Read more here .
Upcoming Events

Learn to Geocache, Schodack Island State Park, Schodack Landing, NY
August 3: Use a GPS to find hidden objects in the woods. Meet at the Main Comfort Station. Find more here .

Play Days at Jay, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah, NY
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and visit our chickens. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission. Read more here .

Hummingbirds, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall, NY
August 4: Learn about these flying jewels with an engaging presentation and take a guided walk to identify plants that attract them and maybe catch a glimpse of a hummingbird feeding! Free same day admission to the Wildlife Education Center after paid attendance to this program. Learn more here .

Bird Festival, Trailside Museums and Zoo, Tomkins Cove, NY
August 4: Fly on over to celebrate the birds of New York State at Trailside! Visit the bald eagle, owls, hawks & turkeys! Family friendly activities: Bird Olympics, & Great Migration Challenge! Find out more here .

Centennial Celebration, Knox Headquarter's, Vails Gate, NY
August 4: Celebrate one hundred years of Knox’s Headquarters as a historic site. Join us for Edwardian games (tennis & croquet) on the lawn, tours of the Jane Colden Plant Sanctuary, a lecture on the sanctuary, and preservation themed tours of the Ellison House. Learn more here .

Luminarium Dance Company in Concert, Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY
August 4: Luminarium Dance Company presents a family-friendly performance on the beautiful Clermont grounds, featuring newly commissioned work inspired by Clermont's history and landscape, alongside a selection of repertory favorites ranging from classical to contemporary. Read more here .

Home is Where the Hive is at Thacher Nature Center, Voorheesville, NY
August 4: Join us for a fun and fascinating look at our honeybee observation hive! We’ll meet the querulous queen, the woebegone workers, and the dull drones, while learning about the various jobs they have within the colony. Find more here .

Kayaking with Ashley, Schodack Island State Park, Schodack Landing, NY
August 4: Join Ashley for an intro-level paddling course on the Schodack Creek. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Kayaks, life jackets, and paddles will be provided. Learn more here .

Farm Market Saturdays, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah, NY
August 4, 11, 18, 25: Purchase locally produced, healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops. Find more here .

Skull & Bones Nature Program, Staatsburg State Historic Site, Staatsburg, NY
August 5: A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. Reservations required. Learn more here .

Hike to the Shingle Gully Ice Caves, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor, NY
August 5, 7, 11, 18, 19: Explore the Shingle Gully Ice Caves where ice persists into summer in deep crevice caves. These caves are in a back country area in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This rugged, protected landscape is accessible only on guided tours led by park staff and volunteer docents. Find out more here .

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Program, Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram, NY
August 10: Join this monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. Read more here .

Painting Party at Sam’s Point! , Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor, NY
August 11: Join artist Shawn Dell Joyce from the Wallkill River School of Art, as she leads you step-by-step through painting a 12x14 acrylic painting of the view from the Sam's Point Overlook with a sponge and a palette knife! Find more here .

Lecture: The Hudson River in the Summer of 1781, Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, Stony Point, NY
August 11: Historian Robert A. Selig will present on the little known but important role the Hudson Valley played in the Yorktown Campaign, making the British think the American & French armies were going to attack New York, when the real goal was Yorktown! Learn more here .

Wild Tails of Albany Animals, Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Albany, NY
August 11: The City of Albany is WILD! Wild Tails of Albany Animals is a first of its kind guided walking tour that leads your family on a safari through downtown Albany. Together with your guide, you will uncover many creatures in the form of carvings and statues hidden in plain sight. Find out more here .

Revolutionary War Day, Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon, NY
August 12: The day’s activities will include demonstrations of musketry and battle tactics by skilled Continental Army re-enactors, house tours, children’s military drills, a talk explaining how the colonists beat the strongest army in the world, and a visit by Patriot General von Steuben, expertly portrayed by an actor from the American Historical Theatre. Read more here .

STARWALK: Shooting Stars and Big Planets, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Highland, NY
August 12: If you enjoy our MOONWALK series, you’ll LOVE our new STARWALK series! View the wonders of the night sky from the Walkway, 212 feet above the Hudson River. With each STARWALK scheduled around unique occurrences in the celestial calendar, astronomy enthusiasts and novices alike can view and learn about a range of astronomical topics. Find out more here .

Junior Naturalists: Birds, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor, NY
August 15: Join park educators for a round of birding. Bring your children to learn all about birds by listening to bird calls, touching bird feathers and feet, measuring their wing span and looking at mounted birds. Learn more here .

Gray Matters: Connecting Dementia & Alzheimer’s to Olana, Hudson, NY
August 15: Join Olana’s bimonthly program designed for individuals with early stages Alzheimer’s & Dementia and their family or caregivers. This program invites all participants to take part in conversation and create art around specific Olana-related themes. Read more here .

Harmonies on the Hudson, Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY
August 16: Relax on our beautiful lawn and enjoy a FREE outdoor concert. Bring a blanket, chair and a picnic- children are welcome! Find more here .

Batty for Bats, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany, NY
August 17: Are bats really blind? Come learn the answer to this question and more! Read more here .

Fossil Find Friday at Thacher Park, Voorheesville, NY
August 17: Brachiopods, Crinoids, and Bryozoans, oh my! Learn about these creatures and why their fossils can be found in Thacher Park. Learn more here .

Hudson Valley RibFest, Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY
August 17,18,19: The place to be for lovers of finger-licking good food in the Northeast. The three-day Hudson Valley RibFest is actually three events in one – a food festival, a music festival, and a sanctioned Barbecue Contest where winners can advance to the national finals in Kansas City! Find out more here .

Evening Battlefield Lantern Walking Tour, Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, Stony Point, NY
August 18: Follow in the footsteps of the attacking American forces as the sounds of musket and cannon fire from the British camp echo around you. Walk with a guide and learn the details of the battle. Read more here .

7th Annual Champlain Canalway Trail Bicycle Tour, Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville, NY
August 19:  Explore the Hudson River corridor north to Fort Edward, then follow the Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail to Hudson Falls. Lunch is included at Murray Park, and follow up with dessert from Jack & Jill’s Ice Cream. Learn about a farm and historic sites such as Rogers Island and more. Find out more here .

Pine Bush Pups: Explore Six Mile Waterworks, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany, NY
August 21 & 22: Did you ever w onder what lives in a lake besides fish and frogs? Put on your boots and be prepared to explore the waters of Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), from the edge. Learn more here .

Women's Self Defense, Grafton Lakes State Park, Cropseyville, NY
August 25: Held at Grafton's new Welcome Center. $20/person. Led by ABC Women's Self-Defense. Pre-registration required. Find out more here .

Kayaking 101, Kingston Point Beach, Kingston, NY
August 25: New to kayaking? Need a refresher? Have no fear, this course will cover all the fundamental kayaking maneuvers as well as safety consideration on the water. Read more here .

Women on a Wheel, Staatsburg State Historic Site, Staatsburg, NY
August 26: Guest historian, Kjirsten Gustavson, will discuss the impact of the bike on women's social status during the years before suffrage. Her talk will be followed by a 30-minute bike ride and refreshments. Bring your bike! Learn more here .

Iona Island Canoe Trip, Bear Mountain State Park, Stony Point, NY
August 28: These trips are a great way to see Rockland in a different perspective while providing information about the importance of freshwater wetlands. Estuary educators from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will guide the trip. Read more here .

Rip Van Winkle; Or Cut the Old Moon Into Stars, Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, NY
August 31: It’s a familiar story: an indolent dreamer falls asleep high in the Catskills, wakes after twenty years, and returns to a world he doesn’t recognize. But in Seth Bockley’s new take on this old tale, Rip isn’t the only one rambling. Find more here .
Heritage Spotlight: Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center
Manitoga, the House, Studio and 75-acre Woodland garden of mid-century designer Russel Wright (1904-1976), is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York State. Our mission is to ensure that the extraordinary spirit of place of Manitoga and the timeless design vision that inspired its creation are preserved and shared. Manitoga offers a variety of public tours of the House, Studio and May through November. There are also 3 miles of Russel Wright designed trails that are open to the public dawn to dusk each day. In 2014, Manitoga initiated an artist residency program designed to reignite the atmosphere of creativity and expereimentation Wright cultivated during his lifetime. Manitoga been profiled in national and international press outlets including The New York Times, Financial Times, Curbed.com, Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler and more. Discover more here .
Project Spotlight: Nutten Hook Icehouse Road Launch
The Hudson River Valley Greenway, in partnership with the NYS Departement of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of Transportation and the town of Stuyvesant, have created improved access to the 117-acre Nutten Hook Unique Area, which is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve system. It was only a few years ago that this beautifully preserved area was inaccessible due to the lack of safe railroad crossings. Not only are there adequate railroad crossings now, but other public access improvements included a small gravel car parking area and gravel bus parking area; two picnic areas, which included a covered pavilion; a trailhead informational kiosk; an easily accessible pathway to the river; and improvements to the beach area, such as a boat launch for car-top boats. This boat launch is also now a part of the 256-mile Hudson River Greenway Water Trail stretching from the Adirondacks to Manhattan. With these new improvements the fascinating Nutten Hook Unique Area is easily accessible for everyone to enjoy. These improvements can be found off Ice House Road in the town of Stuyvesant.
Green Tip of the Month: Easy Money
Refrigerators account for 1/6 of a home's energy use. Opening the door accounts for between $30 and $60 of a typical family's electricity bill each year. Lessen your carbon footprint by selecting energy-efficient models when buying replacements. Learn more here .
Grant and Funding Opportunities  

Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
This annual 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. This year's application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail, and makes funding available for Water Trail projects. Applications are due August 10, 2018 . More here

Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
Matching grants available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: August 10, 2018 . More  here .

National Heritage Area Sponsorship's Available
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) will partner with various organizations to sponsor programs and events that reinforce the Heritage Area’s mission. While complementing the mission of the Heritage Area, cultural, heritage and recreational events deliver significant tourism and economic benefits to communities, and encourage local and regional partnerships. Municipalities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located within the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area are eligible to apply. For more information, please contact Dan Jeanson at daniel.jeanson@hudsongreenway.ny.gov or 518-473-3835.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
These matching grants are intended to create opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley, connecting their studies to signifi cant places. They encourage students’ appreciation for and stewardship of their communities and cultures, and connect teachers with site educators and place-based learning. Eligible expenses include transportation and admission fees to eligible Hudson Valley locations for school groups. Read more here .

Great Urban Parks Campaign Funded Projects
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to support the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks to positively affect environmental and social change in underserved communities, and to empower residents to be actively engaged in projects that address community needs and meet local stormwater management goals. The goal of the grant opportunity is to create replicable model projects that provide strategies and lessons learned that advance the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks as a resiliency strategy for communities across the country. Deadline: August 3, 2018 . Find out more here

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
The mission of this Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other public and nonprofit humanities entities. Challenge grants may also support the purchase of equipment and software; the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities; and collections sharing. Deadline: August 9, 2018 . Learn more here .

Public Humanities Projects
Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. NEH encourages projects that explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Proposed projects may include complementary components: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs. Deadline: August 15, 2018 . Find out more here .

Media Projects: Development Grants
The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. Deadline: August 15, 2018 . Read more here .

Media Projects: Production Grants
The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. Deadline: August 15, 2018 . Read more here .

2018 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is making  funding available  to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and non-motorized transportation-related projects as well as programs and projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality. Administered by the NYSDOT, these funds are made available to the State through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). Combined, NYSDOT's TAP-CMAQ program provides reimbursement of up to 80 percent of project-related costs with the remaining 20 percent provided by project sponsors. Deadline: August 16, 2018 . Find out more here .

Hudson River Access & Education Grants
Approximately $950,000 is available in the "River Access" Request for Applications (RFA) for projects along the shoreline of the Hudson estuary that provide new or improved accessibility at access sites for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-dependent recreation. It may be used to support development of plans, purchase of equipment, and/or construction of physical improvements. The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum grant amount is $50,000. $165,000 is available in the “River Education” RFA to support projects and plans to enhance education about the estuary along the tidal waters of the Hudson and make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible to a wide-range of people. Deadline: August 22, 2018 . Read more here .

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
The Furthermore program is concerned with nonfiction book publishing about the city; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues of the day. Our grants apply to writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and printing and binding. We look for work that appeals to an informed general audience; gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer. In geographical reach we are drawn— but in no way limited— to New York City and to New York State and its Hudson Valley. Furthermore applicants must be 501(c)3 organizations. They have included civic and academic institutions, museums, independent and university presses, and professional societies. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for Furthermore grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit project sponsor. Applications from individuals cannot be accepted. Grants from $500 to roughly $15,000 are awarded in spring and fall with March 1 and September 1 deadlines. Find out more here .

Water Infrastructure Grant Program
The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 invests $2.5 billion in clean and drinking water infrastructure projects and water quality protection across New York. It provides at least $1 billion for the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2017 (WIIA), which authorizes the New York S tate Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to provide grants to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure. WIIA grants are available for both drinking water and sewage treatment works (clean water) projects. Deadline: September 7, 2018 . Read more here .

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
A signature grant program of the  New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)  and the Preservation League of New York State, made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Grants of up to $3,000, with a required $500 match from each applicant, are available to non-profit groups and municipalities that manage historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other important institutions that serve an arts or cultural purpose and are open to the public. Deadline: September 18, 2018 . Learn more here .

Summer Stipends
Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Deadline: September 26, 2018 . Find out more here .

Ann and Abe Effron Donor Advised Fund Grants
The Community Foundations exist to enhance the quality of life for all citizens in the Greater Hudson Valley, now and for generations to come. We work with anyone who wishes to ensure and improve the quality of life in Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties. We support a broad and diverse range of issue areas including the arts, education, community development, conservation, health, and human services. Our grant-making is local, Hudson Valley-wide and national in scope. Representing thousands of donors through more than 500 separate funds that make up its endowment, your Foundation encourages a sense of community by channeling much-needed resources to area organizations. The Foundations provide superior donor servic es, awards grants and scholarships, ensures sustainability of philanthropic resources and serves as a leader, catalyst, and resource to positively impact our community. The Foundation practices and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusiveness as fundamental values of community life. Deadline: October 15, 2018 . Read more here .
 
Ben & Jerry's Foundation Grants
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and is our most competitive grant program. We make one-year grants for up to $25,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply. While our broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, we focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rathe r than on the specific issues the organization is addressing. Pre-application deadline: October 15, 2018 . Le arn more here .

Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant Program
The Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant Program (Connect Kids) is a field trip refund grant program connecting New York schoolchildren with nature and New York State history. Connect Kids will refund up to $1,000 of the field trip costs for visits to a New York State Park, Nature Center, or Historic Site, or a Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Education Center, fish hatchery, or selected DEC sites. Grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Find out more here .

Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund
Only Organizational Level Forum members or Main Street America members of the National Trust are eligible to apply for funding from the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund grant program. The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund helps to build the capacity of existing preservation organizations and encourages collaboration among these organizations by providing grants for mentoring and other peer-to-peer and direct organizational development and learning opportunities. The purpose of these grants is to support the leadership and effectiveness of staff and board members of preservation organizations to fulfill their mission and to create a stronger, more effective preservation movement. By linking organizations with specific skills/programs to those seeking to develop similar abilities, the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund promotes individualized mentoring and the sharing of expertise. Read more here .

Humanities New York Grants
Quick Grants  of $500 are now available for in-person public humanities program​s​. These matching grants are ​intended for small and volunteer-run organizations. Proposals ​will be accepted on a rolling basis while funds last.

Vision Grants : Seed funding for project development of up to $1,500 in support of brainstorming, researching, and professional development for organizations working collaboratively to develop new ideas and program strategies. Proposals ​will be accepted on a rolling basis while funds last . These grants aim to:
  • Support emerging and established partnerships between different groups on a shared project that may develop into public-facing activities.
  • Infuse program design with humanities themes and methodologies from the start.
  • Encourage experimentation in program design.
  • Build community input into program design.

Action Grants Humanities New York offers three Action Grant rounds per year. The next deadline is  October 1st, 2018 . Matching funds for project implementation up to $5,000 to produce public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others across New York State. These grants require organizations to demonstrate a match of at least one-to-one. These grants aim to:
  • Connect audiences more deeply to the communities where they live and work.
  • Solidify community partnerships and diversify audiences.
  • Creatively employ the tools of the humanities to respond to issues and ideas capturing the imagination and passion of New Yorkers today.

Learn more about Humanities New York's Grant Programs here .

New York State Assembly Grants Action News 
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. More  here .
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