Friends of Johnson Hall awarded Park and Trail Partnership Grant to enhance historic house tour
The Friends of Johnson Hall has been awarded $27,585 to develop an app that will enhance the traditional physical tour through the historic house allowing visitors of varied ability and culture to engage in existing interpretation.
Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced $1.8 million in grants to support 28 not-for-profit organizations involved with stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands, the highest amount awarded in the Park and Trail Partnership Grants program history. As a Mohawk Valley award recipient, the Friends of Johnson Hall will use the funds to develop an app to enhance visitor experience while touring the historic location. The grants support partner group efforts to raise private funds for capital projects, engage in maintenance and beautification projects, provide educational programming, and host special events that promote public use of the parks.
“We are proud to support the work of the incredible grassroots partner organizations that elevates the stewardship and programming of our state parks, historic sites, trails and public lands,” Governor Hochul said. “With the largest investment in the Park and Trail Partnership Grants program history, New York State is sending a message that we are deeply committed to protecting and funding our public lands as we continue to embark on nation-leading climate resiliency initiatives.”
The Park and Trail Partnership Grants program is funded through the state Environmental Protection Fund.
Grants are administered in partnership with the not-for-profit advocacy group Parks & Trails New York. This eighth round of awards will be matched by over $625,000 in private funds. Recipients must raise outside funding of at least 10 percent of the grant amount received.
New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “State Parks is so fortunate to have incredible partners in Governor Hochul, Parks & Trails New York, and the countless friends groups and volunteers who help ensure the success of our offerings to the public.”
Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate for New York’s parks and trails, working with grassroots groups for 35 years to strengthen public-private partnerships and improve New Yorker’s health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space. For more information, visit www.ptny.org.