Third Round of Park & Trail Grants

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the NYS Office of Parks, Preservation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, will soon open the third round of $500,000 in competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The grants are available to organizations that have a current formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with OPRHP or current formal Use and Occupancy, Volunteer and Stewardship Agreement (VSA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DEC at the time the grant is issued. The program is administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP.

The program is designed to:

  • Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

In May 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the second round of Park and Trail Partnership Program awardees which secured $450,000 in grant funds disbursed among 20 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York State parks and historic sites. The grants were matched by over $200,000 in private and local funding which support projects to strengthen Friends Groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities at parks and historic sites across the state.

Applications are due December 8, 2017. Grant awards are expected to be announced in March 2018. The Park and Trail Partnership Program is open to recognized Friends organizations whose primary mission is the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and/or promotion of a specific New York State park, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of OPRHP or Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). More information about the grant program and its timeline are available at https:/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program.