Heritage Development Grants

Due dates for 2020 are February 7 and September 11.

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 total of $55,000 is available through this grant program in 2019. 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.

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

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

Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trail Grants

Deadline: Grants are generally announced in the summer with a August deadline.

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 $250,000 was available in 2017. For more information, including guidelines please visit