Grants and Funding


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People do great things with Erie Canalway grants. You can too! Erie Canalway offers annual event sponsorships and grants for projects that help to achieve the goals set forth in our Preservation and Management Plan.

Congratulations to our 2021 Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grant Recipients >

Event and Festival Sponsorship Program

Next round of applications: Spring 2021

Note: New York State is currently restricting large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we hope that the situation improves dramatically by spring, we feel it is prudent for all to wait on sponsorships until we have a clearer picture of the types of events and festivals that can realistically take place during the 2021 canal season.

We know that events are a key driver of visitation to canal sites and communities and are a wonderful way to celebrate all that the canal system offers. We look forward to working with you to be able to offer a full and robust canal season.

Cultural, heritage, and recreational events within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor deliver $1.3 billion in economic benefits to communities. In partnership with NYS Canal Corporation, we are offering competitive sponsorships up to $500 for events or festivals taking place from May through November. Municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations are eligible.

Types of Events:

We support events that help people explore and connect with the Canalway Corridor's heritage, recreational assets, scenic beauty, and unique communities. These events may be, but are not limited to:

  • Events that focus on the heritage and culture of the canal. The bicentennial period (1817-1825) of the Canal System continues in 2020. Events that mark this celebration will be given priority consideration.
  • Events that promote recreation within the Corridor, especially when they encourage use of the NYS Canalway Water Trail, Canalway Trail, or participation in the Canalway Challenge will be given priority consideration.
  • We are working to strengthen the Canalway Corridor as an inclusive tourism destination for people of all ages and diverse accessibility needs. Events that actively target and accommodate people with disabilities or people from underserved populations will be given priority consideration.
  • Celebrations of regional food and beverages must showcase a direct connection to the canal. Please note that the cost of food and/or beverages is not eligible for funding; funds may be used to cover marketing, entertainment, or other aspects of the event.
  • Multi-day events and those involving partnerships between two or more organizations bring a larger number of visitors and a significantly greater economic impact to Corridor communities. Multi-day events remain a priority in our sponsorship selection.
Instructions and Application

Please download instructions here and use the online application to apply. Contact Ashley Quimby-Simoni, Program Manager at (518) 237-7000, Ext. 202 with any questions.

Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants

Congratulations to our 2021 IMPACT! Grant Recipients >

Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants are made to forward-looking organizations who develop and implement creative place-based projects. Projects submitted for funding consideration must meet at least one of the following Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor goals. Projects that meet multiple goals will receive priority consideration.

Next round of funding: September 2021

The Corridor’s historic and distinctive sense of place will be widely expressed and consistently protected.
The Corridor’s recreational opportunities will achieve maximum scope and diversity, in harmony with the protection of heritage resources.
The Corridor will be a “must-do” travel experience for regional, national and international visitors.
The Corridor’s current and future generations of residents and visitors will value and support preservation of its heritage.
The Corridor’s natural resources will reflect the highest standards of environmental quality.
The Corridor’s economic growth and heritage development will be balanced and self-sustaining.

Award Range and Disbursement: $2,500 to $12,000. A one-to-one match consisting of non-federal support is required. Grant awards are distributed on a reimbursement basis at project conclusion.

Eligibility: Erie Canalway makes grants to not-for-profit corporations with a 501(c)(3) designation, as well as municipalities and federally-recognized Native American tribes located within the Congressionally-designated boundaries of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 23rd, 2020.

Contact: 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,





Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)

The Preservation League of New York State offers Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) of up to $4,000 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.

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