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Canal Corporation opens grant funding program to support tourism

The New York State Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have announced a grant funding program to support tourism and recreation along the New York State Canal System, which includes the canal waterways and the Canalway Trail. The program, part of the Reimagine the Canals initiative, will provide funding for tourism infrastructure and amenity improvements, as well as events. Applications for the program are open now through February 24th.

The program is open to counties, municipalities, units of local government, not-for-profit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes. In 2022, 38 nonprofit organizations and municipalities received NYS Canal System Tourism Infrastructure and Event Grants totaling $259,300, supporting 11 tourism infrastructure and amenity improvements and 27 events.


“New York’s Canals and their surrounding communities have become destinations for local residents and tourists seeking unique recreational activities, and it is essential to provide support to ensure continued growth and improvements,” said Brian U. Stratton, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation.

The grant program includes two funding categories: Event Support, with awards ranging from $500 to $3,000, and Tourism Infrastructure & Amenity Support, with awards ranging from $5,000 to $24,000. Interested applicants are invited to attend an informational Q&A session on January 26th at 10 am.

Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, said “Investing in recreational amenities and heritage-based events is essential to the Corridor’s health, both in terms of improving residents’ quality of life and by facilitating the economic impacts of tourism. We are pleased to collaborate with the NYS Canal Corporation on this initiative and align our revitalization strategies.”



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