Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

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Parks Program
Applications: Applications available through Consolidated Funding Application – Deadline: July 29, 2016

A matching grant program for the acquisition, development and planning of parks and recreational facilities to preserve, rehabilitate or restore lands, waters or structures for park, recreation or conservation purposes and for structural assessments and/or planning for such projects. Funds may be awarded to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest, for indoor or outdoor projects and must reflect the priorities established in the NY Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Historic Preservation Program
Applications: Applications available through Consolidated Funding Application – Deadline: July 29, 2016

A matching grant program to improve, protect, preserve, rehabilitate, restore or acquire properties listed on the State or National Registers of Historic Places and for structural assessments and/or planning for such projects. Funds are available to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest.

Heritage Areas Program
Applications: Applications available through Consolidated Funding Application – Deadline: July 29, 2016

A matching grant program for projects to acquire, preserve, rehabilitate or restore lands, waters or structures, identified in the approved management plans for Heritage Areas designated under section 35.03 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and for structural assessments or planning for such projects. Projects must fall within a New York State Designated Heritage Area.

Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums
Deadline: March 21, 2016

A program for the funding of collections care or special projects at municipal or not-for-profit institutions that house, care for and interpret for the public, systematically organized collections of living things.

Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program
Applications: Available, Accepted starting July 1, 2016 for field trips in the 2016-17 school year.

The Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program is available to K-12 classrooms in Title 1 schools across the state to connect New York public school children with nature and New York State history by providing reimbursement grants to public schools for visits to a New York State park, nature center or historic site, or a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Center for a special guided educational program or self-guided field trip at a NYS Parks or historic site.

Snowmobile Trail Grant Program
Applications: Applications Available

A grant program that allocates funds to local governments that engage in the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails designated as part of the State Snowmobile Trail System. The authorization for the program is found in Article 27 of NY Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law. Funding is allocated on a pro-rated basis.

Legislative Initiatives
Applications: By Prior Approval

A program for recipients pre-designated by the State Legislature. If you have not received a letter from this agency, referencing a "PKS-..." project, these guidelines do not apply to you. If you received a letter referencing a "PKS-..." project, please download guidelines and materials for submission.

Federally Funded Programs

Recreational Trails Program
Applications: Applications Not Available

A matching grant program for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails and trail-related projects. Funds are available to non-profit organizations, municipal, state and federal agencies, and other government entities. Funded projects must be identified in, or further a specific goal of, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and must be available to the general public. Source of funds: Federal Highway Administration.

Certified Local Government Program
Applications: Applications Not Available

A matching grant program for the expansion and maintenance of the National Register of Historic Places and support of historic preservation activities, to include survey and inventory. Only Certified Local Governments may apply. Source of funds: The National Park Service

Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
Applications: Applications Not Available

A program of the Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service.