Growing the Grassroots Grants

7 grants awarded to strengthen park and trail groups around the state

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We are not currently accepting applications for Growing the Grassroots grants.


Parks & Trails New York's Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants enhance the long-term sustainability of park and trail not-for-profit organizations by helping them better fulfill their missions; improve their reach, effectiveness and impact; leverage resources, and increase community support for park and trail planning, development and/or stewardship.

This program is generously supported, in part, by the visionary philanthropist Merryl H. Tisch, whose contribution makes it possible for PTNY to help park and trail grassroots groups become stronger and more effective stewards of New York's parks and trails.

Congratulations to the 2015 grant recipients:

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

TOWN OF NEW PALTZ, ULSTER COUNTY
$3,500 to create signage for 12 new miles of trail.

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

VILLAGE OF CHITTENANGO, MADISON COUNTY
$3,500 for consultant services to assist the organization in developing a marketing program to increase membership and support across a wide diversity of generations and geographic areas.

Victor Hiking Trails

TOWN OF VICTOR, ONTARIO COUNTY
$2,500 for consultant services to aid in growing volunteer stewardship efforts and assist with development of short- and long-term strategies for trail maintenance.

Friends of Connetquot

TOWN OF ISLIP, SUFFOLK COUNTY
$2,500 for signs describing the Friends’ role in the Preserve’s historic Grist Mill restoration.

Friends of Allegany State Park

CITY OF SALAMANCA, CATTARAUGUS COUNTY
$1,734 for a website, brochures, banners, and business cards to increase membership and fundraising.

Friends of Astoria Heights Park

CITY OF NEW YORK, QUEENS COUNTY
$1,250 for marketing materials including brochures, decals, and an enclosed bulletin board.

New Baltimore Conservancy

TOWN OF NEW BALTIMORE, GREENE COUNTY
$700 for printing and distribution of Membership materials



The impact of the grants is felt statewide

Since PTNY initiated the awards program in 2009, it has assisted 59 organiztions in 36 New York counties to expand their fundraising and membership campaigns, enhance their public programming, redesign or create new websites, and develop marketing materials. These efforts have paid off by increasing the visibility of these groups and growing the number of members and volunteers that support them in their work.

The map below shows all of the Growing Grassroots Grants awardees. 2015 Awardees are indicated with a red star. Awardees from previous years are indicated by green markers. To view the complete list of previous awardees, click on the button above.