Governor Hochul Announces More Than $28 Million for Recreation and Historic Preservation Projects

November 15, 2023

Funding Through Round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

Environmental Protection Fund to Support 72 Projects; Recreational Trails Program to Support 15 Projects

Current List of REDC Awardees Found Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced new awards through Round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative with $26.6 million awarded through the state-funded Environmental Protection Fund to support 72 projects and $2.4 million from the federally funded Recreational Trails Program for 15 projects.

"These initiatives plant new seeds for growth, helping communities across New York State realize new potential whether that means attracting new visitors, solidifying important landmarks or new investment," Governor Hochul said. "The Regional Economic Development Councils are committed to growth, restoration and economic viability."

"The Regional Economic Development Council Initiative is all about building a stronger New York State,” said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, Chair of the Statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "We rely on our municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to work together to identify the needs and regional priorities including parks and historic areas and make sure they have the resources necessary to reach their goals. Congratulations to these recipients from 43 counties across the Empire State."

The grants from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) support 72 projects including park improvements, heritage area enhancements and historic preservation projects. The grants for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) support 15 projects. The RTP is an assistance program with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. In New York State, both the EPF and RTP are administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).

The EPF Grant Program for Parks, Heritage and Preservation supports matching grants for the acquisition, planning, development, and improvement of parks, historic properties, and heritage areas located within New York. Funds are awarded to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest.

The RTP Grant Program supports matching grants to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized trail uses. Funds are awarded to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest.

Read the full press release here.