Hudson River Improvement Fund
In 1985, the Hudson River Foundation received $1.5 million from the State of New York to establish the Hudson River Improvement Fund from monies originally paid to New York to settle litigation concerning the out-of-state export of Hudson River water by oil tankers. Through the combined efforts of Hudson River environmental organizations, including Scenic Hudson, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association (now Riverkeeper) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Improvement Fund was created to support projects that promote the enhancement of public use and enjoyment of the natural, scenic and cultural resources of the Hudson River and its shores - with an emphasis on physical projects that require capital construction, development or improvement.
Examples of projects that may be considered for funding include:
- PUBLIC ACCESS-- Development or improvement of facilities that increase public physical or visual access to the Hudson River, including but not limited to docks, boats, piers and shorefront access points.
- HABITAT -- Repair, restoration or creation of habitat.
- EDUCATION FACILITIES -- Development or improvement (and equipping) of facilities suitable for Hudson River environmental education programs -- such as interpretive centers, marsh boardwalks or waterfront classrooms.
HRIF has a special interest in projects that promote accessibility.
The Hudson River Improvement Fund
is currently not accepting proposals.
Hudson River Improvement Fund reports will be available soon.
|America Rows and Swims Newburgh||To continue and expand projects in connection with the Student Ambassador Program founded by the Newburgh Rowing Club in Newburgh||$10,000|
|Arm-of-the-Sea Productions||To purchase equipment for a new Arm-of-the-Sea production dealing with fish advisories for the Hudson River||$2,000|
|The Battery Conservancy||To create a moveable waterfront classroom and to develop a Hudson River/NY Harbor ecology themed curriculum for students visiting Battery Park, Manhattan||$10,000|
|Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy||To fabricate, construct, and install the Discovery Station in the Conservancy's Environmental Education Center in Brooklyn||$7,000|
|City Parks Foundation||For education programs and to improve and maintain park trails along the Hudson River in Inwood Hill Park and Riverdale Park in NYC||$5,000|
|Hudson River Sloop Clearwater||To replace the mainsail and jib on the sloop "Clearwater"||$15,000|
|Columbia Land Conservancy||To support a second year partnership with Greenagers, a youth service program, to make trail improvements at the Greenport Conservation Area in Hudson||$10,000|
|Town of Highlands||To design the NE part of Phase I in the restoration of Scenic Hudson Mine Dock Park in the Town of Highlands||$5,000|
|Highland Landing Park Association||For landscaping and ammenities for Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park in the Town of Lloyd||$7,500|
|Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society||To rehabilitate the keelson and restore the garboard strakes and floors of the Hudson River Sloop "Eleanor"||$5,000|
|Hudson River Maritime Museum||To support the creation of a boat building program at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston||$10,000.00|
|Friends of Hudson River Greenway||To develop design plans for the Hudson River Greenway Link, a walking and biking trail connecting the Hudson River Greenway and the Old Croton Aqueduct trail||$10,000|
|Hudsonia Limited||To continue Hudsonia's program of biodiversity workshops and to produce education brochures||$13,898|
|Hudson Opera House||To support free art-and-the-environment workshops for children to be held in the City of Hudson area||$4,500|
|Hudson Valley Arts and Science||To perform ecological and baseline pollution assessments and create interpretive signage for the Pocantico River stream system in Ossining, NY||$5,000|
|Lyndhurst National Trust Historic Preservation||To restore access to an elevated viewing platform, provide benches, and install signage at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown||$7,500|
|NY/NJ Trail Conference||To improve amenities and the trail system at Seeger Riverfront Park in Beacon||$18,000|
|The Onrust Project||For upgrades and education material for the vessel "Onrust"||$7,500|
|City of Peekskill||To purchase boat building materials for the City of Peekskill Youth Bureau's "Build A Boat" program||$6,272|
|Portside New York||To add public access infrastructure to the historic tanker "Mary A. Whalen" in Brooklyn||$5,000|
|Riverkeeper||To replank the Riverkeeper's patrol boat||$15,000|
|Rocking the Boat||To replace tents used by Rocking the Boat during events and training programs in the Bronx||$7,540|
|Rondout Rowing Club||To purchase an 8-person rowing shell for the Rondout Rowing Club in Kingston||$12,000|
|Scenic Hudson||To construct, in Ulster Park, a footbridge connecting Esopus Meadows Preserve and Lighthouse Park, and to install interpretive panels dealing with sea level rise||$5,000|
|Thomas Cole National Historic Site||To install an elevator to improve access for the disabled in the Thomas Cole House in Catskill||$5,000|
|Trolley Museum of New York||For tables, benches, and shading to increase visitor comfort while waiting for the trolley in Kingston||$4,500|
|Village Community Boathouse||To construct a floating dock at Pier 40 in Manhattan||$10,000|
|Village of Wappingers Falls||To clear and restore a waterfront piece of property along Wappinger Creek to create a waterfront park in the Village of Wappingers||$10,000|
|Waterfront Museum||Funding toward a USCG mandated out-of-the-water inspection necessary to maintain the Museum's attraction vessel status, Brooklyn||$10,000|
|Wave Hill||For continued restoration of Hudson River views from the grounds of Wave Hill and for maintenance equipment in the Bronx||$3,000|
|Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club||To purchase equipment to be used in the Club's free public kayaking programs in Yonkers||$5,000|