Six education and recreation projects are set to get off the ground this year with funding support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. These grants hope to inspire people to learn more about New York’s legendary canal system and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The grants range from $2,000 to $7,000 and are leveraging an additional $178,618 in private and public project support.
Buffalo Maritime Center was awarded $7,000 to develop an interactive, interpretive kiosk to build community awareness and provide educational information about the construction of the replica of Governor Dewitt Clinton’s canal packet boat that will be used to celebrate the Bicentennial “Wedding of the Waters.”
Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation received $3,000 to host four Ride & Glide tours that will include a cruise on the canal boat Sam Patch and a bicycle ride along the Erie Canalway Trail. The tours include interpretative materials that highlight canal history and the natural environment.
Fairport Industrial Development Agency was awarded $7,000 to assist with pre-development activities for the Heritage Trail/South Bank Enhancements component of the larger Fairport Bicentennial Canal Gateway project. The trail will highlight the growth of Fairport and the Erie Canal and provide improved connectivity with Main Street.
Rochester Museum & Science Center was awarded $7,000 to design and install a virtual reality experience within the Rochester in 1821 exhibition to provide visitors with new insight into the Canal’s early history in the Rochester area.
Rochester Public Library received $3,700 to build a comprehensive Erie Canal themed curriculum module, Erie Canal for the Classroom, for the Library’s award-winning RochesterVoices.org website.
Schenectady County Historical Society was awarded $2,300 to expand access to recreational and learning opportunities by offering the public guided Kayak through History tours along the Erie Canal/Mohawk River. Tour themes include canal history, environment, and geology.
Over the past 11 years, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has made 75 small grants to communities and non-profit organizations. For more information on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, click here.
Photo of Erie Canalway Grant recipients received big checks on 3/1 in Fairport provided by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.