Grants and Funding


Get the job done!

Turning great ideas and plans into reality requires funds to get the job done. Erie Canalway offers annual event sponsorships and grants for projects that help to achieve the goals set forth in our Preservation and Management Plan.

Erie Canalway Grants

This is a competitive grant program which makes awards ranging from $2,000 to $7,000. The grants fund projects that serve to advance the goals and strategies of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan. Awards must be matched dollar for dollar.

Application Deadline:

Next grant round will be opened September 12, 2016. Check back to download an application. To discuss your project (recommended) or for more information, contact: Andy Kitzmann, 518-237-7000 x201,



Event and Festival Sponsorship Program

Erie Canalway, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, offers a limited number of sponsorships of up to $500 for events or festivals that showcase the Canalway Corridor's nationally significant heritage and the tremendous recreational appeal of the waterway and trails today. Municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations are eligible.

Application Deadline:

Closed. Next sponsorship application will be opened in January 2017.


2016 APPLICATION (Deadline 2/12/16)

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)

The Preservation League of New York State offers Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) of up to $3,000 to not-for-profit arts and cultural groups and municipalities managing historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions. Grants support technical studies carried out by preservation and design professionals.

TAG is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has provided additional support for projects within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Application Deadline: April 11, 2016

The TAG program runs twice per year with applications available in the spring and fall. For more information visit or contact Frances Gubler at the Preservation League at (518) 462-5658 x 10,