December 2015

Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Sara Griffen, Acting Chair Greenway Conservancy, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director Greenway, Acting Director National Heritage Area  


In This Issue

What's New?            Upcoming Grant Opportunities        Regional Events 

Heritage Spotlight              Project Spotlight                Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New? New
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area 2016 Heritage Development Grants
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is pleased to announce the availability of $60,000 in matching grants through the 2016  Heritage Development Grant Program. The a pplication deadline is February 11, 2016 at 4:00PM.

The annual grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Projects that include multiple partners will be eligible to receive more than $5,000. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area website.

$18.75 Million Available for Conservation Easement Projects within the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program (HVAEP) is offering $18.75 million toward Conservation Easement Projects within the Hudson Valley region as well as up to $1 million to cover unanticipated costs. The request for proposals can be found  here. Applications are due  January 29, 2016 at 4:30PM. Read more about this grant opportunity  here.

Hudson River Valley Ramble Wins Environmental Impact Award
Mark Castiglione accepts the Environmental Impact Award from NYSOEA President Tim Stanley.
New York State Outdoor Education Association (NYSOEA)  has recognized the Hudson River Valley Ramble with a prestigious Environmental Impact Award for its role in supporting outdoor education while promoting outdoor recreation, community partnerships, and stewardship. The Hudson River Valley Greenway/National Heritage Area was proud to accept this tremendous honor on behalf of all the partner organizations and outdoor educators whose work we amplify through their participation in the Hudson River Valley Ramble.    

The National Park Service Turns 100 in 2016
The National Park Service Centennial  will celebrate the achieve ments of the past 100 years and begin a second century of stewardship for America's national parks and communities. In celebration of the upcoming Centennial, the National Park Foundation and the  National Park Service kicked off the  Find Your Park  movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy, and support America's national parks. 

Saratoga National Historical Park Champlain Canal Lock 5 Hudson Crossing Park , and  Schuyler House are among several National Park Service affiliated sites in the region that Hudson River Valley Greenway supports. Find out more about these sites  here.
Heritage Spotlight
Saratoga National Historic Quarter
Saratoga National Historical Quarter
Officials from the U.S. Mint and National Park Service met at Schuylerville Junior-Senior High School in mid-November to unveil the new Saratoga National Historical Quarter. The coin, which depicts the moment British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga in 1777, considered the turning point in the Revolution, is the last of the five new American The Beautiful Quarters put into circulation this year.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Eric Schnitzer, a park ranger at Saratoga National Historical Park, about the coin and the image chosen for it. More...

Project Spotlight
Master, Mentor, Master - Thomas Cole & Frederic Church
Installation view, Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church, on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site April 30 - November 2, 2014 / photo: Kate Menconeri
The 2014 exhibition told the story of an important teacher-student relationship in American art between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole and his student-successor, Frederic Church. The program fostered discussion of the influence of Thomas Cole on American culture through a generation of artists known as the Hudson River School.
The exhibition enabled visitors to see first-hand some examples of the style of painting that Cole is credited with launching, and to experience the paintings in a residential setting as they would have been experienced in the period in which they were made. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area provided an NHA grant of $5,000 to Thomas Cole National Historic Site in 2014 to help with the exhibition. Read more on the exhibition  here.

Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area 2016 Heritage Development Grants 
The  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is pleased to announce the availability of $60,000 in matching grants through the 2016  Heritage Development Grant Program.
The annual grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Projects that include multiple partners will be eligible to receive more than $5,000. The application deadline is  February 11, 2016 at 4:00PM. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area website.

The  Hudson River Valley Greenway Grants Program offers approximately $5,000-$10,000 to designated Greenway Communities or Greenway Compact Communities within the Greenway Area. Projects should relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, or open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by  February 18, 2016 at 4:00PM. For more information,  applications, and  guidelines, please visit the  program  webpage.

Funding Opportunities through the Hudson River Estuary Program
New competitive grant funding is available to help communities in the 
Hudson River Estuary. Approximately $1,200,000 is available for "Local Stewardship Planning Grants". An additional $1,020,000 is available through a separate grant program, "River Access and Education Grants". The deadline for applications is  December 16, 2015 at 3:00PM. The Requests for Applications (RFA) for "Local Stewardship Planning" and "River Access and Education" are available online through the  NYS Grants Gateway. More...

New Farmers Grant Fund 2015 Request for Applications

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2015-2016 state budget for the second round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2016The 2015 Guidelines can be viewed here. For more information, please visit Empire State Development.

Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program (HVAEP)
$18.75 million is available for Conservation Easement Projects within the Hudson Valley region plus up to $1 million to cover unanticipated costs. Applications are due January 29, 2016 at 4:30PMRead more about this grant opportunity here.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has provided $102,000 to be distrib uted by the Museum Association of New York (MANY). Grants of up to $5,000 are available to work on modest planning or implementation projects through two new programs, "Mini-Grants" and "Travel Grants". The deadline for the Mini-Grants program is   February 5, 2016 . For more information, please visit .

Conservation Treatment Grant
Greater Hudson Heritage Network is providing up to $7,500 for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2016 at 11:59PM. For more information on the application process, grant guidelines, and listings of past grantees, please visit the website here

Rolling Acceptance of Grant Applications:

Federal Grant Opportunities (Courtesy of Congressman Paul Tonko)
A comprehensive and updated list of federal grant opportunities is available at the  website of New York Congressman Paul Tonko. 

New York State Conference of Mayors Grant & Award Opportunities (Ongoing)
New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials provide access to several ongoing grant and award opportunities. NYSCOM shares several links to federal, state, private foundation, and corporate grant and award programs. For more information, visit

Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (Ongoing)
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invite municipalities and nonprofit conservation organizations to apply for Farmland Protection funding. Prequalification for all not-for-profits is required; all municipalities interested must register on the State's new Grants Gateway  website. For more information, visit

USDA Grant Opportunities (Ongoing)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $350 million in grants to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the  Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Click here for more information.

December 9
Deadline for Museum of New York Open Call for Nominations for Awards of Merit, which acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state's museum community richer and more relevant. More...

December 11
Staatsburgh State Historic Site will hold a festive evening at the fully decorated mansion, with costumed guides, music, and gift shopping  from 6pm-8pm Admission: $8/Adults, $6/Students& Seniors, Children 12 & Under are free. More...

December 11 & 18
The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association is hosting a  Diamond Anniversary Champagne Reception   to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Vanderbilt National Historic Site. The Mansion will be open for viewing holiday decorations and musical performances with access to spaces never open to the public including Louise Vanderbilt's jewelry closet.  Purchase your tickets here. More...

December 12
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Home of FDR National Historic Site will host a series of free holiday events. The Roosevelt Library and the Home of FDR (Springwood) will be open to visitors free of charge from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More...

Holiday Open house at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill). Visitors to Val-Kill must take a shuttle from Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Refreshments and music provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association.  More...

Friends of Clermont will hold their annual Annual Holiday Party Home For the Holidays . Enjoy a night with the Friends and have wine and refreshments inside the Mansion. Free for members, non-members suggested donation of $20. More...

Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:
Albany Institute of History & Art - Albany

Dia:Beacon - Beacon
Current exhibitions include Excursus: Homage to the Square. More...
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center - Poughkeepsie
Current exhibitions include Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument. More...
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum - Hyde Park
The Spirit of the Gift: Gifts of State and Affection showcases gifts given to FDR by governments, organizations, and private individuals. More...
Hudson River Museum - Yonkers
Current exhibitions include Dancers Among Us: Photographs by Jordan Matter.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art - Peekskill
Current exhibitions include Peeksill Project 6. More...
Mary Rutherford Jay - Garden Architect at Jay Heritage Center - Rye
Mary Rutherford Jay was a descendant of John Jay and an early American landscape artist. This exhibition highlights her work, which combined horticultural knowledge with architecture and engineering. More...
Katonah Museum of Art - Katonah
Current exhibitions include SupraEnvironmental. More... 

Neuberger Museum of Art - Purchase
Current exhibitions include After 1965. More...

Rensselaer County Historical Society - Troy
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz
Current exhibitions include Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School. Upcoming exhibitions include Andrew Lyght: Full Circle More...
Ted Spiegel Exhibit at Vanderbilt Mansion Visitor Center
Eleven large print photographs by Ted Spiegel are on view through April 30, 2016. More...

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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip
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