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Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grants

A Partnership Between TNC, NHT, and DEC

The grant application deadline for municipalities is January 27, 2017. Applications for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations can be obtained via the Essex County IDA Microenterprise Grants Program to be announced in January 2017.

DEC has partnered with the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to deliver competitive grant funding to support new tourism activity linked to the high quality recreational opportunities now available in the heart of New York's Adirondack Park. A total of $750,000 in funding, provided by a grant from TNC, will be made available for recreation/tourism-based projects connected with former Finch, Pruyn & Company lands.

Microenterprise Grant Program

Approximately $500,000 will be made available to for-profit small businesses and not-for-profit organizations via a separate competitive microenterprise grant program (MGP). The MGP will be delivered by the Essex County Industrial Development Agency and will fund business development and training as well as non-profit projects advancing the recreation and tourism-related objectives of the below RFA. The micro-enterprise application window will open in early 2017. A public information meeting for potential applicants will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017. Further details and links will be posted here when available.

Request for Applications (RFA) from Municipalities

The Natural Heritage Trust is now soliciting applications for Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Rec Hub Eco-Tourism Support Grants, funded by The Nature Conservancy. Approximately $250,000 in funding, provided to NHT by a grant from The Nature Conservancy, is anticipated to be made available under this RFA, with a maximum grant request of $125,000. Eligible applicants are municipalities in the Five Towns communities of Indian Lake, Long Lake, Minerva, Newcomb, and North Hudson.

Program Description

The Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Rec Hub Tourism Infrastructure Grants will support municipal projects that implement strategies and/or develop physical assets to bolster the recreation and tourism economy in the Five Towns that host the state's newest Forest Preserve lands. These lands-once owned by paper manufacturer Finch, Pruyn & Company-were protected by New York State in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The communities of Newcomb, Minerva, North Hudson, Indian Lake and Long Lake complement the Park's natural and historic resources, and give the area its exceptional sense of place. These grants are intended to capitalize on an historic opportunity to strengthen the link between community prosperity and conservation lands.

This RFA provides detail on the activities eligible for funding and the grant selection criteria by which applications will be evaluated. In general, funds will support projects that support the grant objectives defined herein while remaining consistent with smart growth principles and environmental protection. NHT reserves the right to withhold funding from projects that do not receive a minimum score of 70. Projects that include physical assets must locate those assets either on municipal lands or on private lands, provided that a license for long term use and maintenance will be developed between the municipality and property owner.

Examples of projects that could potentially be supported by this program include:

  • lodging and related infrastructure
  • recreational infrastructure to support use such as mountain biking, horse trail riding, snowmobiling, kayaking, rafting, fishing and hiking
  • pedestrian-oriented and bicycle-friendly projects designed to link communities with surrounding Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands
  • visitor orientation including traditional signage and new technology
  • durable equipment to be maintained for public recreational use

Application and Instructions

Please download and fill in the application electronically. Print and sign one original, put a final electronic version on compact disc and mail the application package to the address below.

Full application and instructions (PDF, 646 KB)
Microsoft Word format of the Application form only

An original and one electronic copy (on compact disc) of each application must be sent to:

US Postal Service:

The Natural Heritage Trust
Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grants
Albany, NY 12238

FedEx or UPS:

The Natural Heritage Trust
Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grants
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207

Applications must be postmarked by January 27, 2017.
Hand delivered applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on January 27, 2017.

Please contact DEC (contact info in right hand column) if you have questions on the application process or eligibility requirements, or questions on the contents of this RFA.

Responses to Applicant Questions

Applicant's questions will be answered and posted here until January 13, 2017.