Heritage Development Grants

Due: September 10, 2021

Application can be accessed here

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area announces the opening of a new Heritage Grant round in order to more timely provide funds to HRVNHA heritage sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that many sites are closed to the public resulting in extraordinary impacts to ticket/tour revenues.

One 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 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.

We would also like to remind our partners that NHA Sponsorships are still available to organizations that are planning virtual events and programs. Sponsorships and Heritage Grants will temporarily allow for reimbursement of staff time. This temporary change allows staff time to be reimbursed if it was utilized for the direct development of virtual programming.

These grants are intended to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of: programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and applicants. A 1 to 1 local match is required, and may be provided in the form of in-kind or monetary contributions. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. While fulfilling the goals of this grant program, proposed projects should reflect the mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and be consistent with the goals of its Management Plan. Special consideration for grant funding will be given to Designated Heritage Sites of the HRVNHA.

Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trail Grants

Due: September 10, 2021

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. Eligible project categories include trail construction, trail planning and design, trail rehabilitation or improvement, and trail education or interpretation. A total of $500,000 is available in 2021. For more information, including guidelines please visit

Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) Awards

K-12 educators in public or private schools and after-school or summer programs can apply for THV's Explore Awards. Applicants and sites visited must be in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Ulster, or Westchester counties. Day trips to places with cultural, historic, and/or natural significance are encouraged. Launched in 2003, Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) helps educators discover, appreciate, and share the region’s natural, historic, and cultural treasures with children and youth. THV fosters collaboration among schools, museums, parks, historic sites, art galleries, libraries, and other groups. THV’s growing collection of free K-12 lesson plans uses significant Valley sites to teach virtually all subjects. THV is a program of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Hudson River Valley Greenway; the National Park Service’s Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York  State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.

Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Grants

Due: September 10, 2021

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to develop plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Higher amounts are awarded for intermunicipal projects. Greenway Compact communities are eligible to receive more than $10,000 for projects that develop, approve, and implement a compact strategy consistent with the Greenway criteria and the Greenway Act. Typical grant amounts range between $5,000 and $25,000. For guidelines, visit