Seven New York not-for-profit park and trail organizations will receive 2015 PTNY Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants to increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership, and attract additional volunteers. The awards are supported, in part, by the visionary philanthropist, Merryl H. Tisch.
PTNY’s grant program– now in its seventh year– is unique in that it focuses 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 – activities not funded by most grants. New to the program this year were awards to undertake small park or trail capital projects that will raise the visibility and capacity of park and trail not-for-profits.
Since it initiated the grant program in 2009, PTNY has assisted 59 organizations in 36 New York counties.
Congratulations to the organizations receiving 2015 Growing the Grassroots grants:
- Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, Town of New Paltz, Ulster County – $3,500 to create signage for 12 new miles of trail.
- Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Village of Chittenango, Madison County – $3,500 for consultant services to assist the organization in developing a marketing program to increase membership and support across a wide diversity of generations and geographic areas.
- Victor Hiking Trails, Town of Victor, Ontario County – $2,500 for consultant services to aid in growing volunteer stewardship efforts and assist with development of short- and long-term strategies for trail maintenance.
- Friends of Connetquot State Park, Town of Islip, Suffolk County – $2,500 for signs describing the Friends’ role in the Preserve’s historic Grist Mill restoration.
- Friends of Allegany State Park, City of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County – $1,734 for a website, brochures, banners, and business cards to increase membership and fundraising.
- Friends of Astoria Heights Park, City of New York, Queens County- $1,250 for marketing materials including brochures, decals, and an enclosed bulletin board.
- New Baltimore Conservancy, Town of New Baltimore, Greene County – $700 for printing and distribution of membership materials.