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NYS Canal System Grants

Making good things happen along the canals.
A ribbon cutting event along the Canalway trail with four people standing behind the ribbon and one person in a wheelchair behind the ribbon.

Tourism Infrastructure & Event Grants

The New York State Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor offer competitive grant funding to support tourism and recreation along the New York State Canal System (Canal waterways and Canalway Trail).

The program provides funding to support tourism infrastructure and amenity improvements, and events. Grant funding is open to counties, municipalities, units of local government, not-for-profit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes.

Download NYS Tourism Infrastructure & Events Program Guidelines

2024 Grant Recipients

Introducing the 2024 recipients of the New York State Canal System Tourism Infrastructure and Event Grants.

Image of boats docked along a bulkhead with a bridge in the background. People are walking along the sidewalk next to the bulkhead for the Tugboat Roundup event.

Tourism Infrastructure Support

Award Range: $5,000 to $24,000

Event Support

Award Range: $500 to $3,000
Review Requirements for Event Grant Winners

NYS Canal System Tourism Infrastructure & Events Grant Program

Program Overview

Annual competitive program offering about $160,000 for smaller Canal-related infrastructure needs and events. Administered and funded in collaboration with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Deadline and Decisions

Apply January, deadline late February, decisions April*.

*Next Round: Applications Open Oct 7 2024, Application Deadline Nov 15 2024, Decisions Announced Jan 2025.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Must facilitate recreation and/or tourism to make experience more accessible for all ages and abilities, and expand audiences served.
  • Improve the visitor experience and encourage overnight stays.
  • Commemorate canals heritage or culture.
  • Improve and/or promote connectivity between recreation areas and communities or between waterways and land trails.
  • Funding is open to counties, municipalities, units of local government, not-for-profit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes located within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
Event Support Requirements

If you receive an Event Grant, here are the Grant Requirements.


For details contact:

Ashley Quimby-Simoni
518-237-7000, ext 202

Next Round Opens Fall 2024

  • Application Opens: October 7, 2024
    • Link to Application expected to be posted August 2024.
  • Applications Due: November 15, 2024
  • Awards Announced: January 2025

Recent Grant Success Stories

NYS Canal System Tourism Infrastructure & Events Grants


Participants try adaptive equipment while connecting with others in the inclusive recreation community. A pop-up adaptive sport/recreation session in conjunction with Syracuse Parks paves the way for the main TRAID on the Trails Day, a festival-style inclusive recreation celebration with live music, adaptive equipment and more.
Two individuals enjoying a pop-up adaptive sport/recreation session, with one in an electric wheelchair and the other in a hand-powered model, laughing together on a pathway in a park managed by Syracuse Parks.


City of Rochester residents and youth explore Rochester’s history and natural beauty on a bicycle ride along the scenic Erie Canalway and Genesee Riverway trails. Experienced riders guide cyclists to stops that showcase local art, history and culture.
A diverse group of cyclists in helmets gathers around an instructor in a Rochester city, preparing for a group ride.


Installation of the first accessible hand launch dock within the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, providing paddling opportunities to people of all abilities.
An accessible hand launch dock at Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, constructed with aluminum and equipped with wheelchair ramps and guardrails, extends into a tranquil river amidst lush greenery on a bright day.


Improvement of an accessible one-mile loop trail in the park including the installation of a sculpture garden and raised garden beds along the trail for people of all abilities to enjoy.
Two cyclists, one on a hand-powered trike and the other on a traditional bicycle, enjoy a peaceful ride along a trail path beside tranquil canal waters, surrounded by lush greenery and a clear sky.

Canalway Grant Program

The Canalway Grant Program, uses the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), to support Canal-related projects across the NYS Canal System.