The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced seven grants have been awarded to educational and recreation projects, aimed towards education and exploration of the Erie Canal.
The grants range from $2,000 to $7,000 and are leveraging an additional $77,231 in private and public project support.
Over the past 10 years, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has made 69 small grants to communities and non-profit organizations that have spurred $1.67 million in additional investments in heritage preservation, recreation, and education.
Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation was awarded $6,000 to provide opportunities for students from the Rochester City School District to participate in a new environmental education/STEM program on the Erie Canal aboard the boat Sam Patch.
Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation was awarded $3,750 to install interpretive signs to explain the significance of the Locktender Tribute Monument and the Erie Traveler, a replica Durham-style boat at the Flight of Five Locks in Lockport.
Madison County was awarded $7,000 to conduct a feasibility study for four potential hand-launch sites for paddlers along the Old Erie Canal State Park between the Town of Dewitt and Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in Chittenango.
Montgomery County received $7,000 to develop an app for use along the Erie Canalway Trail through Montgomery County to share stories of the people and history of the Mohawk Valley.
Rochester Accessible Adventures was awarded $7,000 to expand access to recreational opportunities along the Erie Canal to people with disabilities and their family and friends. Funding will support replication of RAA’s adaptive paddling and cycling center model in Fairport to a second location at CityGate in Rochester and potentially a third location in Lockport. The CityGate location will enable use by Monroe Community Hospital rehabilitation programs.
Schenectady County Historical Society received $2,200 to support Rowin’ the River: An Early Mohawk Experience. This suite of programs and events enables visitors to experience rowing in a replica bateau – vessels that traveled and traded along the Mohawk River prior to construction of the Erie Canal. Funds will be used for boat repair and to promote rowing programs at the Mabee Farm.
Village of Newark was awarded $2,000 to support art in education in the Newark School District. Working in partnership with Mural Mania, students will refurbish an existing mural and create a new mural about the Erie Canal.
For more information on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, visit their website.
Photo: Cycling visitors at the Adams Basin lift bridge on the Erie Canal, courtesy Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.