Grants and Funding


Get the job done!

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.

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 encourage 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: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4pm

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.

2018 Priority Themes
  • The bicentennial period (1817-1825) of the Canal System continues in 2018, which also marks the centennial of the currently operating NYS Canal System. Events that mark these anniversaries will be given priority consideration.
  • We will also be placing increasing emphasis on recreational experiences that help people explore and enjoy the waterway and surrounding communities and heritage assets. Cycling, paddling, adaptive sports, hiking/walking events will be given priority consideration.

Please read the instructions for details. Contact Brian Yates, Program Manager at (518) 237-7000, ext. 220 or with any questions.

Applications Deadline: Closed February 16, 2018

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.

Application Deadline: September 2018

For more information visit or contact Frances Gubler at the Preservation League at (518) 462-5658 x 10,