PTNY granted $15,000 in Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants to eight not-for-profit park and trail organizations across New York State. The groups will use the funds to increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership, and attract additional volunteers.
PTNY’s grant program– now in its sixth year– is unique in that it supports activities not normally covered by most grants, which generally fund capital projects and specific programs. PTNY’s Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants focus on developing and strengthening the skills, processes, and resources that will allow park and trail groups to thrive and better foster the expansion, stewardship, and promotion of New York’s parks and trails.
This year’s recipients work in communities across New York State, from Long Island to Madison County. Below is a complete list of organizations receiving 2014 Growing the Grassroots grants:
Springside Landscape Restoration, City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County – $2,400 for an up-to-date and flexible website that will help grow the organization’s membership, donor, and volunteer base and support its efforts to protect and restore Andrew Jackson Downing’s carriageway trails and only extant landscape.
Port Washington Parks Conservancy, Port Washington, Nassau County – $2,000 to develop an interactive website that reaches a broader audience, accepts online donations, and serves as a point of access for the group’s efforts to restore, preserve, and enhance the parks in Port Washington.
Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation, Inc., Town of Bethlehem, Albany County – $2,000 for website development for the newly formed organization working with the Town to support park projects and programs within the community.
Friends of Hammondsport Area Parks & Trails, Town of Urbana, Steuben County – $2000 for the creation of a website to grow membership and volunteers to assist with development of a trail linking recreational, educational, and cultural resources within the town.
Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park, City of Ithaca, Tompkins County – $1,723 for a membership brochure to attract additional members and volunteers to the state park south of Ithaca.
Friends of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Donald J. Trump State Parks, Yorktown Heights, Westchester County – $1,600 to print brochures, favicards, and posters that will increase awareness among local residents and weekend visitors of the efforts of the Friends group at these two lower Hudson Valley parks.
Oneida Improvement Committee, Inc. City of Oneida, Madison County – $1,500 for design of a website to help recruit volunteers, attract donations, and transform the organization as it leads the effort to create an 11-mile, city-wide multi-use trail network.
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, Village of New Paltz, Ulster County – $1,500 for printing a redesigned membership brochure as the group takes on 12 additional miles of trail stewardship.