New Grants Program: Unlocking the Potential of Friends Groups

PMH Board meeting  12-02-2014 (49)

Friends of Philipse Manor Hall with PTNY Parks Program Director Laura DiBetta

PTNY has been so impressed with what our Growing the Grassroots grant recipients have been able to accomplish that we
have long dreamt of being able to provide organizations with a more significant amount of funding. We are excited to announce that we will soon be able to do just that.

Included in this year’s final state budget for the Environmental Protection Fund is $500,000 for a new capacity-building grants program for organizations that promote and support the state’s parks, trails and historic sites. This public-private capacity-building grants program will be administered by PTNY in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). It will unlock the potential of Friends organizations across the state by increasing their effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities. This will enhance park, trail and historic site stewardship, leading to even greater economic benefits from outdoor recreation and healthier, more sustainable and resilient communities.

PTNY applauds Governor Cuomo and state legislative leaders for supporting this landmark investment in grassroots Friends organizations. PTNY is working closely with OPRHP on the development and implementation of this transformative program and we will keep you updated on our progress in the coming months.

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