Grants and Funding


Get the job done!

Turning great ideas and plans into reality requires funds to get the job done. Erie Canalway offers annual event sponsorships and grants for projects that help to achieve the goals set forth in our Preservation and Management Plan.

Erie Canalway Grants

Do you have a project or great idea aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals, celebrate the Erie Canal Bicentennial, or that encourages further exploration of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor? We are now accepting applications from not-for-profits, municipalities, and federally recognized Native American tribes for projects that advance our Preservation and Management Plan’s goals and objectives.

This is a competitive grant program which makes awards ranging from $2,000 to $7,000. Awards must be matched dollar for dollar.

Application Deadline: next round to open September 2017

Applicants are strongly advised to contact program staff to discuss proposed projects prior to submitting an application. We encourage you to call early in your proposal development to produce an appropriate application. Please contact: Andy Kitzmann, 518-237-7000 x201,



Event and Festival Sponsorship Program

Erie Canalway, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, offers a limited number of sponsorships of up to $500 for events or festivals that showcase the Canalway Corridor's nationally significant heritage and the tremendous recreational appeal of the waterway and trails today. Municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations are eligible.

During 2017, communities throughout the Corridor will celebrate the Bicentennial of the commencement of construction of the New York State Canal system. Event of festival proposals that significantly acknowledge the canal’s 200th anniversary will be given priority consideration. We strongly encourage this year’s applicants to consider including Bicentennial-themed events as part of their proposals.

Please contact Brian Yates, Program Manager at (518) 237-7000, ext. 220 or with any questions.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2017



Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)

The Preservation League of New York State offers Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) of up to $3,000 to not-for-profit arts and cultural groups and municipalities managing historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions. Grants support technical studies carried out by preservation and design professionals.

TAG is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has provided additional support for projects within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017

The TAG program runs twice per year with applications available in the spring and fall. For more information visit or contact Frances Gubler at the Preservation League at (518) 462-5658 x 10,