The New York State Canal Corporation has announced the recipients of the 2010 Canal Corporation Tourism Matching Grant Awards Program and the list includes several public history organizations. A total of $30,000 is being awarded to a total of 16 projects for local and regional initiatives to promote the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail as a year-round recreational resource and tourism destination. A full list of the 2010 grant recipients is below, but it includes the Niagara County Historical Society, Schenectady Heritage Area, and Historic Palmyra among other groups whose goals include historical tourism.
The grant program was open to designated Tourism Promotion Agencies (TPAs), Chambers of Commerce, Nonprofit organizations and canal communities in New York State for the development of Canal System promotional material consistent with regional themes set forth in the Canal Recreationway Plan and recommendations contained in the state’s “A Report on the Future of New York State Canals”.
The grants provide up to $2,500 for the development of promotional materials that promote the Canal System and/or Canalway Trail, or specific Canal-related events, festivals or attractions.
Special consideration was given this year to applications that involved collaborative partnerships among several TPAs and/or private industry to create multi-county, regional thematic canal destinations and self-guided tours consistent with historical, cultural, urban and environmental assets and attractions contained along or within the Canal System and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
Additionally, all awarded projects incorporated Canal Corporation logos and the New York Canal System’s promotional theme: “Cruise the Past, Unlock the Adventure”. Materials will be made available to the public at no charge.
The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning 524 miles across New York State, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture. For more information regarding events, recreational and vacation opportunities along the Canal System, visit www.nyscanals.gov or call 1-800-4CANAL4.
The New York State Canal Corporation is a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority (Authority). Since 1992, following State legislation transferring the Canal System from the New York State Department of Transportation to the Authority, Canal operating and maintenance activities have been supported by Thruway toll revenue.
2010 CANAL CORPORATION TOURISM MATCHING GRANTS (listed by Canal)
Agency Name – Contact – Grant Award
• Canal New York Marketing and Business Alliance, Inc., Victoria Daly, $2,500.00
• Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition, Inc., Eric Hamilton, $2,500.00
• Schenectady Heritage Area, Maureen Gebert, $2,500.00
• Stockade Association, Lyn Gordon, $800.00
• U.S. Water Ski Show Team, Kara Pangburn, $2,000.00
• Town of Niskayuna, Lori Peretti, $500.00
• Historic Palmyra, Bonnie Hays, $1,050.00
• Fairport Village Partnership, Scott Winner, $2,500.00
• Niagara County Historical Society, Douglas Farley, $1,117.50
• Lockport Main Street, Inc., Heather Peck, $2,400.00
• Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, Joyce Santiago, $2,500.00
• Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc., Janet Kennedy, $2,500.00
• Hudson Crossing Park, Inc., Marlene Bissell, $2,500.00
• Rensselaer County, Christine Golden, $1,427.84
• Oswego County Dept. of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, Janet Clerkin, $2,500.00
Cayuga Seneca Canal
• Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Sarah Osterling, $700.00