Heritage Development Grants

Due November 6, 2020

2020 Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant Materials

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.

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The mission of the HRVNHA program is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.

The HRVNHA established this grant program to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. A total of $55,000 is available through this grant program in 2020. Projects should resonate with the following interpretive themes outlined in the HRVNHA Management Plan:

• Freedom and Dignity (Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad and abolitionists, Roosevelt Legacy, Native American Heritage); 

• Nature and Culture (Hudson River Painters, Landscapes of Extraordinary Scenic Character, Exceptional Landscape Design and Architectural Distinction, Environmental Legacy); and 

• Corridor of Commerce (Community, Agriculture, and Settled Landscapes; Labor Movements; Technical and Industrial Innovations). 

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 HRVNHA and applicants. 

A 1 to 1 local match is required, and may be provided in the form of in-kind and/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.

Highest priority will be given to projects or programs that feature a designated Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site.

If you have questions about this grant program, please call (518) 473-3835, or email grants@hudsongreenway.ny.gov.

2020 Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant Materials

This file includes the Heritage Development Grant Application, Guidelines, Scoring Criteria, the Budget Worksheet, and a sample Budget Worksheet.  

To open a ZIP file, download the file to your computer, right click on the file, and select "Extract All". 

Claim for payments

For information on requesting a claim, visit hudsongreenway.ny.gov/claims-payment