ALBANY — A new round of competitive grants is being offered through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grants program.

Grants under the $1 million program are available to organizations, typically referred to as “Friends groups,” which support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. The grant program is administered by PTNY in partnership with state’s office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The program is designed to:

n Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands.

n Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain and support such areas.

n Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways, and public lands.

Established in 2015, the program has awarded $2.7 million to strengthen parks, historic sites and public lands.

Applications are due March 11. Grant awards are expected to be announced in June.

More information about the grant program and its timeline are available at https://ptny.org/grants.

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