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View recorded informational webinarsLeaving New York State Parks for each grant program available through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)

OPRHP is dedicating up to $21.4 million to parks, historic preservation, heritage areas through the CFA for the Environmental Protection Fund and Recreational Trails Programs.

The Environmental Protection Fund Grant Program for Parks, Preservation and Heritage (EPF) offers up to $19.5 million in matching grants for the acquisition, planning, development, and improvement of parks, historic properties listed on the National or State Registers of Historic Places and heritage areas identified in approved plans for statutorily designated Heritage Areas. Funds are available to municipalities or not-for-profits with an ownership interest. The maximum award is $500,000. If the total project cost is greater than $4 million, up to $750,000 may be requested.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) offers up to $1.9 million in matching grants for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails and trail-related projects. Funds are available to non-profit corporations and municipalities. Funded projects must further a specific goal of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the Statewide Trails Plan or a local plan, and must be accessible to the public. Source of funds: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The minimum grant award for restoration, development and property acquisition projects is $25,000. The minimum equipment purchase-only award is $5,000. All grant awards are capped at $250,000.

The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021.

Community Grant Opportunities

Please Note: OPRHP never requires a fee to apply for any of our grants.

State Parks, through state and federal funding sources, provides a number of grant programs. From historic preservation efforts to playgrounds and trail development, we provide grants to a variety of projects that promote recreation, preserve our historic and natural resources and generally improve the quality of life in communities throughout the state.

All applicants must use the Regional Economic Development Councils online application process, the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). The CFA is available through our website and the Governor's Regional Economic Development Councils website at

Regional Grants Administrators are available in the Agency's Regional offices to offer assistance with applications and program details.