$26.6 million has been awarded for recreation and historic preservation projects through the state-funded Environmental Protection Fund to support 72 projects and $2.4 million from the federally funded Recreational Trails Program for 15 projects during Round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.
The grants from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) support 72 projects including park improvements, heritage area enhancements and historic preservation projects.
The grants for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) support 15 projects. The RTP is an assistance program with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.
In New York State, both the EPF and RTP are administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks).
The EPF Grant Program for Parks, Heritage and Preservation supports matching grants for the acquisition, planning, development, and improvement of parks, historic properties, and heritage areas located within New York. Funds are awarded to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest.
The RTP Grant Program supports matching grants to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized trail uses. Funds are awarded to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest.
Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) reviewed projects and provided scores that reflect how well a project aligns with a region’s goals and strategies.
Applicants utilized New York’s Consolidated Funding Application, the state’s single application for state resources, which includes programs for numerous agencies. It is designed to provide expedited and streamlined access to a combined pool of grant funds and tax credits from dozens of existing programs.
A full list of Round XIII awards that have been made can be found here.
You can learn more about the Consolidated Funding Application here.
Learn more at the Regional Economic Development Council initiative at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.
Photo: Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, one of the recipients of funding during this round.