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Hochul: More than $28 million for recreation and historic preservation projects


Wed, Nov 15th 2023 08:15 pm

Funding through round XIII of Regional Economic Development Council initiative

√ Current list of REDC awardees found here

Gov. Kathy Hochul 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," 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 Lt. Gov. 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.

The REDC process, Hochul’s team said, “continues to support and empower regional stakeholders in developing strategic plans and funding priorities that meet local economic needs. Regional councils reviewed projects from this program and provided scores that reflect how well a project aligns with a region’s goals and strategies. Applicants utilized New York’s consolidated funding application, the state’s single application for state resources, which includes programs for numerous agencies. It is designed to provide expedited and streamlined access to a combined pool of grant funds and tax credits from dozens of existing programs.”

A full list of round XIII awards that have been made can be found here.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "The REDCs help guide New York state’s strategic investments through their deep knowledge of regions and assets. These awards will enhance the experience for residents and visitors alike at New York’s historic heritage sites and promote the beauty of our outdoor spaces."

Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Erik Kulleseid said, "This is lucky No. 13 of the REDC grants, which help build on environmental goals, celebrate diversity and improve the economic vitality across New York state. We look forward to working with these grant recipients to make these exciting projects a reality."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “From Buffalo to Niagara Falls and places in between, Gov. Hochul is investing in Western New York’s cultural, historical, recreational, and community-based destinations. These commitments will enrich the regional economy and the experiences of Western New York residents, workers and visitors.”

Learn more about the CFA here. Find the REDC at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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