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Park and Trail Partnership Program (PTPP) Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofit Organizations
to Enhance Recreational Trails and Parks

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Parks and Trails New York (PTNY)

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for projects to improve and promote recreational trails throughout the state. Applicants requesting funds in the professional development category must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to improve and maintain New York State parks, build organizational capacity, promote tourism, and encourage professional development.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is a capacity-building matching grants program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The program is designed to:

  • Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

There are four types of capacity-building grants available to eligible organizations through the Park and Trail Partnership Program:

  1. Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants: Strengthen the capacity and expertise of organizations that support New York State parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands, or a partnership involving more than one such organization, in order to aid them in fulfilling their mission and to improve their reach, effectiveness, and impact.
  2. Step-Up Grants: Assist Friends organizations with the administrative and legal fees needed to secure 501(c)(3) status, along with the costs associated with completing a consultant-facilitated organizational assessment and resulting plan(s)
  3. Professional Development Grants: Support the hiring of permanent staff in order to advance Friends organizations to a higher and sustainable level of professionalism, fiscal and administrative stability, and community outreach that in the future they will be able to sustain on their own. 
  4. Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants: May be used to assist Friends organizations with the stewardship, interpretation, promotion, education, and public access of a New York State Park or Historic Site, or a partnership involving more than one such organization, which significantly enhances the organization’s visibility and capacity.

For additional information about the funding categories, see the URL for Full Text.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164065

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Estimated Size of Grant:

-Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants: Up to $50,000
-Step-Up Grants: Up to $7,500
-Professional Development Grants: Up to $100,000
-Stewardship and Public Access Capacity Grants: Up to $75,000

Term of Contract:

Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants are for one year.

Step-Up Grants are for one year.

Professional Development Grants encompass a period of two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grant Program is open to organizations whose mission includes the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and/or promotion of a New York State park, trail, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), or Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). These organizations are typically referred to as “Friends groups.”

In addition:
1. An applicant must be registered as a charity with the New York State Attorney General’s office and submit their CHAR500/410 Annual Financial Report.
2. An applicant must be classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or have a Memorandum of Understanding with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal agent.
3. An applicant must have a current formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with OPRHP or current formal Use and Occupancy, Volunteer and Stewardship Agreement (VSA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DEC at the time the grant is issued.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Eligible organizations interested in applying for a NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program Grant are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming webinar.

For prospective Professional Development applicants only:
September 25, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For all applicants:
- October 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
- November , 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Pre-Application Information:

Professional Development LOIs are due October 11, 2019. All grant applications are due by Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Important Dates:
- September 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Webinar for prospective Professional Development Grant applicants only
- October 11: Letters of Inquiry due for Professional Development applicants
- October 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Webinar for prospective applicants. The same webinar is being offered twice.
- November 7, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Webinar for prospective applicants. The same webinar is being offered twice.
- December 3, 2019: All applications due

Matching funds:
- For Capacity and Organizational Effectiveness Grants, a 10% match is required
- For Step-Up Grants, a $500 match is required (cash or in-kind).
- For Professional Development Grants, a 20% catch match is required.
- For Stewardship and Public Access Grants, a 10% match is required.

How to apply:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Jonathan Duda, Grant Administrator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York