Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, has announced that seven organizations have been selected to receive Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants totaling $64,323.
Funded projects include work to showcase canal heritage and welcome people to explore the Erie Canal in their local communities.
The grants range from $2,000 to $12,000 and will leverage an additional $161,107 in private and public project support. Over the past 13 years, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has made 90 grants to communities and non-profit organizations that have spurred $2.4 million in additional investments in heritage preservation, recreation, and education.
2020 Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants
Corn Hill Navigation, Pittsford
Improve educational and program delivery with new technology at a new visitor center being developed at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester.
Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse
Develop programming related to the Empire State Trail including a Syracuse-based Trail Ambassador Program and trail amenities that raise user awareness of the museum. Pilot both weekend and Corridor-wide trail rides.
Explore & More: The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, Buffalo
Design and present an Erie Canal themed educational play experience every Wednesday throughout 2022 that will engage children and families.
Friends of Stewart Park, Ithaca
Design and install five outdoor interpretive signs that showcase the history of the Erie Canal and Cayuga Lake as they relate to the City of Ithaca.
National Abolition Hall of Fame, Peterboro
Design and install two outdoor interpretive signs within the Village of Canastota to raise awareness of the National Abolition Hall. Funds will also support a reenactment of a dramatic event that shaped the abolition movement in the United States.
Schoharie River Center, Esperance
Implement a series of educational programs with at-risk urban and rural youth to investigate water quality on the Erie Canal/Mohawk River and adjacent tributaries.
Village of Brockport, Brockport
Design and install a pair of outdoor interpretive signs that celebrate the history, design, and operation of the Village’s iconic lift bridges.
For more information visit the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website.
Photo of Erie Canalway in Fairport by Kathy Eichorn.