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

Congratulations to our 2019 Erie Canalway Grant recipients: Buffalo Maritime Museum, Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation, Fairport Industrial Development Agency, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester Public Library, Schenectady County Historical Society. Read about their projects.

Next round of funding opens: September 2019

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.

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

Cultural, heritage, and recreational events within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor deliver $1.5 billion in economic benefits to communities. To boost support for canal events, we have teamed up with the NYS Canal Corporation to offer competitive sponsorships up to $500 for events or festivals taking place from May 2019 through November 2019. 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 2019. 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.
  • Celebrations of regional food and beverages that 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.

Note: 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. In future years, we will be prioritizing multi-day events in our sponsorship selection.

Instructions and Application

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

Next round of funding: January 2020

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: closed

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