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Grant Application Opens for NYS Canal System Tourism Infrastructure and Events

Feb 23, 2022

Information session scheduled for March 3. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2022

- The New York State Canal Corporation, through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have launched a new competitive grant program to support tourism and recreation along canal waterways and trails. The grant program includes two funding categories: Event Support, with an award range of $500 to $15,000, and Tourism Infrastructure & Amenity Support, with an award range of $5,000 to $24,000.

Counties, municipalities, units of local government, not-for-profit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes may apply for one or both categories using an online grants portal. Interested applicants are invited to attend an informational Q&A session on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 10am. Applications are due on Friday, April 1, 2022.

For details, Q&A registration, and application, visit:

The New York State Canal Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York Power Authority, oversees the operation and promotion of the New York State Canal System. The Canal Corporation's mission is to operate and maintain a premier waterway and trail system that honors the historic legacy of the Erie Canal and offers unique recreational and tourism opportunities, while also promoting sustainable economic development throughout the canal corridor. For more information on the New York State Canal System and the Canal Corporation, please visit

Nearly 200 years after its construction, the Erie Canal remains an iconic symbol of American ingenuity and determination. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor works to preserve the Nation's extraordinary canal heritage, promote the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and foster vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway. It achieves its mission in partnership with the National Park Service, New York State agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, and more than 200 communities across the full expanse of upstate New York.