Throughout 2009, New York State, along with Vermont and Quebec, celebrated the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. In an effort to encourage a lasting legacy for future generations, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area will distribute federal Quadricentennial funds to Hudson Valley communities to develop programs and events that focus on continuing the legacy of those efforts. The program is intended to fund local Hudson River Valley projects, programs, and events that preserve and sustain the legacy of the Hudson. Grants range from $2,500 to $5,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the recipient. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 8, 2010.
In order to qualify, the proposed projects must:
- Contribute to a lasting legacy for the Quadricentennial;
- Support historic preservation, conservation, recreation, interpretation, tourism marketing, or community development projects and programs within the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area;
- Relate to the mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area; and
- Encourage participation by communities or non-profits in the region.
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was established by Congress in 1996 to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the nation. Federal Quadricentennial funding for this grant program has been received and will be administered by the Hudson River Valley Greenway, management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. A map of the area may be found here.
General information about the Hudson River Greenway may be found at www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us or by calling 518.473.3835. Grant applications may be obtained at www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/grantfunding/quad.aspx.