September 2020
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, Executive Director Greenway,
Director National Heritage Area 
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Important Reminders

  • Heritage Development Grant Applications Due September 11, 2020. Learn more.

  • 2020 Hudson River Valley Ramble Canceled. More info.

  • Museum Association of New York has Provided Links and Resources for New York State Museums During COVID-19. Find out more.

  • Registration is Now Open for GHHN's Virtual Annual Conference! Register now.

Vets-On-Water Kayak Adventure

On September 5th, the Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration (HVCVR) will launch a trip from Lake Tear of the Clouds, the source of the Hudson River in the Adirondack Mountains, all the way to the USS Intrepid in Manhattan. Veterans will lead the trip, and will aim to paddle roughly 22 miles a day to complete the approximately 315-mile adventure on the Hudson River.

The mission behind this incredible adventure is to bring awareness to the needs of the Veteran community and the battle against Veteran/active duty suicide, and homelessness. The HVCVR is inviting kayakers to join in on this adventure and help share its message of awareness! Visit HVCVR's website or Facebook for more information.
Technical Assistance Grant Applications are Now Available!

With the financial support of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and other partners, the Preservation League of New York State is pleased to offer Technical Assistance Grants (TAG). TAG Awards are designed to provide funds for short-term, standalone projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies.

Grants of up to $4,000, with a required 20% project cost match from each applicant, are available to nonprofit groups and municipalities that own or have a long-term lease on buildings that house historic sites, museums, arts facilities, and other important institutions that serve an arts or cultural purpose and are open to the public.

TAG applications are due Monday, October 19, 2020Start your pre-application today!
9th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep Needs Volunteers

Extending from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks, the 9th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep will include more than 100 projects occurring all on October 17, 2020. Riverkeeper needs you to help clean the Hudson River and its tributaries. Ways to participate:

  • Organize a project: Is there a park or shoreline in your community in need of a cleanup? Submit the Sweep Leader Interest Form and Riverkeeper will reach out with more information about organizing your own project for Saturday, October 17.

  • Volunteer: Interested in pitching in? Submit the Volunteer Interest Form to receive updates about volunteering on Sweep day.

Find out more on how to participate in the 9th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep! Registration opens September 17, 2020.
Thomas Cole Brings First EV Charger to Catskill

Thomas Cole's role as a proto-environmentalist was featured this year in National Geographic’s Special Issue for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site continues to promote these values today. The site has installed a new Level 2 ChargePoint dual charging station in their parking lot. The charging station is available to everyone and completes Phase I of a site-wide Greening Initiative to reduce harm to the environment.  

The EV charger is the first to be available to the public in Catskill, NY. The Level 2 charging adds about 25 miles of range per hour. The station is open and available at a rate of $1 per hour for the first four hours and $4 per hour after that. The charging station was made possible by a gift from local residents and environmentalists Sara and Tom de Swardt. Learn more.
Four Hudson Valley Organizations Awarded Environmental Justice Capacity Building Grants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the grant award winners for the Environmental Justice Capacity-Building Grants. Four Hudson Valley groups are among the winners:

The grants will help groups in New York's communities disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution to increase their administrative, technical and programmatic capacities and expand their services protecting public health and the environment. These local efforts include informing and engaging residents on environmental concerns and decision-making that impacts public health and the environment, creating community-led scientific research initiatives, preparing for climate change impacts, and improving environmental conditions in their neighborhoods. Learn more.
Upcoming Events

*Please note that, while some heritage sites in the Hudson Valley have begun to reopen cautiously due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, many sites are still closed or have reduced hours. Please call the individual sites directly to inquire their current status. New York State Parks remain open. While enjoying the outdoors, please follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19.

Hudson and Harbor Education Resource Guide
Educational resources about the Hudson Raritan Estuary, New York Harbor, and the Hudson River Estuary are now available in new virtual and learn-at-home formats. The Educational Resource Guide offers parents and teachers a searchable, sortable collection of sustainability-related, place-based resources from environmental educators throughout the region. The guide is quick and easy-to-use, and resources can be filtered by grade level and/or resource type. Learn more.

Drive Through History Road Trips
There’s so much fascinating history and heritage around Columbia County, and traces of the past may be found down every state highway and country road. Columbia County Historical Society's (CCHS) museums are temporarily closed, let CCHS be your guide for these scenic road trips to explore everything from local legends to our most significant political, educational and religious sites. CCHS will be unveiling more road trips throughout the summer and fall. Check CCHS's website or subscribe to their e-newsletter to stay up to date.

Hudson Valley History Hunt
The Hudson Valley History Hunt is the first project of the newly formed History Alliance of Kingston, a collaboration between numerous museums and historical societies in and around the Kingston, NY area. Whether you participate from home or choose to adventure out, the History Hunt provides clues leading leading participants to find historic locations in person, or by playing along at home by researching history or watching videos. There will be prizes for participants! Clues change monthly so there is a chance to learn something new each time! More info.

Making the Most of Your Legacy Webinar Series: Part Two (WEBINAR)
September 2: If you’ve been wondering about your charitable giving options, you are invited to participate in the new webinar series, Making the Most of My Legacy. Find out more.

Downtown Yonkers Gallery Hop, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers, NY
September 3: Stop by each of the 4 major downtown galleries: Blue Door Art Center, Warburton Galerie, Philipse Manor Hall and the Riverfront Library, the first Thursday of each month to view new and exciting exhibits of arts and culture! Read more.

Completing the Count - Planners and the U.S. Census (WEBINAR)
September 3: With the 2020 Census deadline on September 30th, learn what tools you need now to ensure a complete count in your community. This session will explore how planners engaged their communities and what tools they used to increase response rates and participation in Census taking, particularly during a pandemic. More info.

Family Fun: Old Field Trail Guided Walk, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
September 5: You will follow the Old Field Trail to look for signs of wildlife. This rich habitat has animals of all sizes who make their homes, find their food, and raise their young in the brushy tangle that edges the trail. More details.

Outdoors Tour, Wilderstein State Historic Site, Rhinebeck, NY
September 5, 6: 2020 special guided OUTDOOR experience. Tours at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Read more.

Olana Outdoors Tour, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27: Guided tours (walking and driving) of Olana's historic landscape. Learn more.

Forest Bathing, Holt Preserve, New Scotland, NY
September 12: Go for a slow walk through the beautiful habitats of the Holt Preserve. Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Diane Kavanaugh-Black will guide us to incorporate sensory connection and embodied awareness as foundations for mindful presence as we enjoy and observe the natural beauty which surrounds us. Register now.

Harvest Craft Fair, Shaker Heritage Society, Colonie, NY
September 12: Bring your family for a safe and fun weekend featuring pony rides, wandering musicians, and over 50 vendors at our beautiful site. Read more.

Updates on NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling Law (WEBINAR)
September 16: DEC will be hosting a webinar providing updates on the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling Law. They will be joined by NYS Pollution Prevention Institute who will provide an overview of their services and an exciting announcement on upcoming available funding for organics diversion. More info.

Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Photograph Collections (WEBINAR)
September 17: This webinar will discuss how to identify common condition problems found in photograph collections and introduce five priority levels that can be utilized to categorize collection items based on the urgency of conservation needs. More details.

Nature Program: “Biodiversity Celebration”, Trailside Museums and Zoo, Tomkins Cove, NY
September 19: Learn what you can do to promote biodiversity and help the plants and animals that call these habitats home. Learn more.

Clermont 101, Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY
September 20: Join a member of Clermont's staff as they break down the basic story of the house and answer any burning questions you may have. Read more.

Technical Assistance Grant Workshop (WEBINAR)
September 21: This session will cover the kinds of projects that help your historic building function fully as a public arts and culture space. The focus is on Specialized Conservation Studies, Handicapped Accessibility Studies, and Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Analysis. More info.

International Conference on Sustainable Development (WEBINAR)
September 21, 22: Enjoy 14 sessions across 2 days; 10 “Plenary and Parallel” sessions and 4 “Poster Sessions.” More details.

Wetlands: Values, Threats, and Protection (WEBINAR)
September 21-23: This 3-part webinar will discuss the ecological and water resource values of wetlands; how to identify unmapped wetlands on site plans and other maps using online tools and in the field; the status of state and federal regulatory programs for wetlands; and how to extend local protections to these important resources. Read more.

Becoming an Outdoor's-Woman Virtual Workshop (WEBINAR)
September 21-25: Each evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., we will have a one-hour webinar introducing you to a new outdoor skill! More info.

Mobility in the Modern Era: Shared Mobility (WEBINAR)
September 23: You will learn about tangible planning practices and policies in cities around the U.S. that demonstrate forward thinking on how our transportation system can best serve all users. Learn more.

The D&H Canal with Bill Merchant (WEBINAR)
September 24: The D&H Canal: 19th Century Engine of Prosperity tells the basic history of the D&H and illustrates how many of the industries it fostered. Find out more.

Sunset Hike, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville, NY
September 25: Meet at Kiosk at Rockwood Hall. More info.

In Their Own Words, The Battle for Fort Montgomery, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery, NY
September 26: Go for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites! Learn more.

Plein Air Painting, Van Dyke Preserve, Bethlehem, NY
September 26: Spend the afternoon capturing the beautiful woodland interiors and stream views of the Van Dyke Preserve. This workshop lead by art educator Kevin Kuhne will include a short hike, demonstration, and individual sketching and watercolor with individual instruction and critique. Register now.

Program on the Portico – Staatsburgh and the Titanic, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh, NY
September 27: This ½ hour presentation on Staatsburgh's front portico will explore Staatsburgh's connections to the world's most famous maritime disaster. More details.
Heritage Spotlight: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Launched in 1969, Clearwater was the brainchild of folksinger Pete Seeger, who was searching for a way to help people rediscover the beauty and importance of the then-heavily polluted Hudson River. The 106-foot-long vessel was designed to closely replicate a single-masted Hudson River sloop, the workboat of the river in the 18th and 19th centuries that hauled bricks, hay, and other goods between communities. Clearwater stops at ports from New York City to Troy with a cargo of schoolchildren and adults who come aboard to learn about the river’s denizens, pollution, and how to read nautical charts. Visitors also steer and help hoist the vessel’s three sails. In addition to operating the boat, the non-profit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. has been at the forefront of environmental activism; its efforts helped lead to groundbreaking federal laws such as the Clean Water Act. Learn more.
Project Spotlight: Mawignack Preserve Trail Interpretive Signs

The Greene Land Trust received a Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant to design and develop interpretive signage and enhance current materials. The goal of these interpretive enhancements is to educate trail users about the property's history, including Mohican, and early European settlement, Catskill Railroad and early tourism, Hudson River School of Art, and its current environmental benefits. Scenic Hudson and Greene Land Trust preserved 144-acres along the Catskill Creek, which is a landscape that Thomas Cole treasured deeply and painted more than any other subject. Nearly 200 years after Cole walked and sketched along the Creek, you can discover the same landscape on the one-mile walking loop. The new park is called the Mawignack Preserve, named after a Native American word meaning “the place where two streams come together.” Mawignack Preserve is located less than two miles from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site at 52 Snake Road, Catskill, New York. While enjoying the outdoors, please follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19. Learn more about Mawignack Preserve.
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Grant and Funding Opportunities

Heritage Development Grants
This annual grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the HRVNHA's websiteOne 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 September 11, 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.

National Heritage Area Sponsorships 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. Sponsorship's will have an additional focus on events promoting the 19th Amendment and/or Women's in History in the Hudson Valley for the year 2020. Municipalities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located within the HRVNHA are eligible to apply. For more information, please contact Dan Jeanson at or 518-473-3835.

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
With the financial support of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and other partners, the Preservation League of New York State is pleased to offer Technical Assistance Grants (TAG). TAG Awards are designed to provide funds for short-term, standalone projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies. Deadline: October 19, 2020. Find out more.

NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program
The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program is a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and GHHN that provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. Support is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints, or photographs), textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles, and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects. Deadline: September 1, 2020. Learn more.

New York State Historic Marker Grant Program (Regions 4-6)
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation strongly believes that historic markers play an important role in local historic preservation by serving a dual purpose. They educate the public and foster historic tourism, which in turn can provide much needed economic benefits to the towns and villages where the markers are placed. New York State Historic Marker Grant Program commemorates historic people, places, things or events within the time frame of 1740-1920. Regions 4-6 must submit a letter of intent by September 11, 2020. The letter of intent due date for Regions 1-3 has already passed. More details.

National Wilderness Stewardship Awards
This awards program will allow organizations and partners to nominate a steward, organization, or Federal land agency whom they feel has demonstrated outstanding ability. Deadline: September 30, 2020. More info.

National Trust Preservation Funds
Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting on-going preservation work and by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for preservation projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. Deadline: October 1, 2020. Find out more.

Humanities New York's Action Grants
Action Grants offer up to $5,000 to implement humanities projects that encourage public audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community. Deadline: October 1, 2020. Read more.

Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program
Does your community have a great piece of folklore that should be shared? Legends & Lore is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of our heritage. This grant will be to create a Legends & Lore Marker. Deadline: October 2, 2020. More details.

NEH's Dialogues on the Experience of War Program
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War (Dialogues) program as part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Dialogues is primarily designed to reach military veterans; however, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate. Deadline: October 14, 2020. More info.

Community Arts Grants (Columbia, Greene, and Scoharie County Only)
The Community Arts Grants Program funds artists and organizations who are seeking to creatively engage their communities through projects in the arts in Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually in three project areas: Community Projects, Artist Commissions, and Arts Education projects. Deadline: October 28, 2020. Read more.

IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums 
A special initiative of the Museums for America program. These grants are designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors & Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship & Public Access. Deadline: November 16, 2020. More details.

NYSL Discretionary Grant Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials
This NYS grant program provides $500,000 each year for preserving materials in the collections of libraries, archives, historical societies and similar agencies. The grant awards for 2020-2021 will be limited to a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $40,000. For questions about the program, contact Barbara Lilley at Deadline: November 20, 2020. Learn more.

Archival Workers Emergency Fund
The Society of American Archivists Foundation announces the creation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF) to support archival workers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to financially vulnerable and at-risk workers. All U.S.-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund. Due to the unpredictability of the crisis and times of acute need, applications to the fund will be considered on a rolling basis up to December 31, 2020. Find out more.

ECNHC's Event and Festival Sponsorship Program
Cultural, heritage, and recreational events within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor deliver $1.3 billion in economic benefits to communities. In partnership with NYS Canal Corporation, we are offering competitive sponsorships up to $500 for events or festivals taking place from May through November. Municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations are eligible. Next round of applications: January 2021. More info.

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Deadline: January 14, 2021. Read more.

Connect-Kids-to-Parks Field Trip Grant Program
The Connect-Kids-to-Parks Field Trip Grant Program (Connect Kids) is designed to connect students in New York State with nature and history. Each grant provides reimbursement of up to $40 per student (and $80 for Special Education students) for field trips to state and federal parks, forests, historic sites, fish hatcheries and other outdoor recreation areas. Each class or organization group is eligible for up to three transportation grants per academic year or summer session. Find out more.

Food Waste Reduction and Diversion Reimbursement Program
The Food Waste Reduction and Diversion Reimbursement Program is an innovative partnership between New York State and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) focused on incentivizing the reduction of food waste in the state. The program provides reimbursement to New York State businesses, municipalities, or not-for-profits that generate, haul or recycle large amounts of food waste to offset the cost of select technologies and equipment that promise to reduce or divert that food waste from landfill or incineration. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. More details.

Chronogram Media Community Grant Program for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
This grant program aims to support marketing programs for a variety of Hudson Valley minority and women-owned small businesses, virtual events, and regional nonprofits. Applicants are evaluated based on financial need, commitment to social change, and alignment with Chronogram Media’s values. Accepted partners will receive a number of benefits and increased exposure through Chronogram Media's various platforms. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. More info.

Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program
This program will provide eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their next trail improvement related project, which could range from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, to name a few. Learn more.

Leaf Peeper Volunteer Opportunity
I Love NY is looking for volunteers to become official Leaf Peepers for New York State's 2020 Fall Foliage program. Each week, you’ll be required to submit a detailed report on your observations of the foliage in your area, estimating expected foliage conditions for the upcoming weekend. More details.

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