New York State has available grant money and they want it to go to parks here in the Hudson Valley. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is directing the monies to do to the 'economic development and forest preservation projects.' With that goal in mind, they are asking towns to apply to receive the funds. Nonprofit agencies and groups have until June 7, 2019 to apply for the money.

According to the NYSDEC grant site here are the following items that should be kept in mind when submitting your application for the money:

  • Developing municipal comprehensive plans;
  • Providing bike-friendly routes and amenities;
  • Improving or promoting local/regional museums and theaters;
  • Improving main street facades;
  • Refurbishing historic properties;
  • Providing community-based tourism programs and activities;
  • Creating new recreational opportunities;
  • Developing multi-use trails;
  • Installing informational signage and kiosks;
  • Enhancing parks and public spaces;
  • Updating land use laws;
  • Improving visitor centers;
  • Beautifying tourism sites; and
  • Providing sidewalks in hamlets and villages.

Do you have ideas on how this money can be used to improve the Hudson Valley?


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