The Friends of Ganondagan recently received a grant award of more than $22,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Program to hire an assistant program manager.
“Friends of Ganondagan is extremely grateful for Park & Trails New York’s continued, vital support,” said Meg Joseph, Friends executive director. “Having a program assistant is an important piece of our dedication to ensure ongoing, culturally significant, educational programming at Ganondagan.”
The grant is one of 22 awards totaling $450,000 for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of state parks and historic sites. Friends groups — nonprofit organizations comprised of volunteers — help promote the state park system.
“It’s inspiring to see the transformational effect of the PTPP grants and how they are enhancing the ability of Friends groups to make an even greater contribution to the stewardship of New York’s great outdoor spaces,” said Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks & Trails New York. “These grant funds will enable groups to marshal more volunteer power, and augment the state’s historic investment in parks, trails and other public outdoor places.”
PTPP grants are designed to enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands; increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of nonprofit organizations that promote, maintain and support these places; and promote the economic development and tourism benefits of outdoor recreation.