Seven education and recreation projects will get off the ground this year with funding support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The grants are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s canals and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. They range from $2,000 to $7,000, and are leveraging an additional $77,231 in private and public project support.
Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation received $6,000 to provide opportunities for students from Rochester City School District to participate in a new environmental education/science, technology, engineering and mathematics program on the Erie Canal aboard the boat Sam Patch.
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.
In Wayne County, the village of Newark was awarded $2,000 to support art in education in Newark Central School District. Working in partnership with Mural Mania, students will refurbish an existing mural and create a new mural about the Erie Canal.
“While large investments often draw the greatest attention, small projects are adding up to big results for communities and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor as a whole,” said Bob Radliff, executive director. “We are grateful for the work of canal communities and organizations across the state for the great work they do to advance education, recreation and preservation along this historic waterway.”
Over the past 10 years, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has made 69 small grants to communities and nonprofit organizations that have spurred $1.67 million in additional investments in heritage preservation, recreation and education.