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More green for friends of parks

The state and a nonprofit partner are once again offering grants to groups and organizations that support parks, trails and historic sites.

This year, the total grant amount has doubled to $1 million for the program, which is designed to promote and enhance the preservation and maintenance of state parks and public lands.

The grant program is administered through the nonprofit Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the state parks department.

The money is available through the competitive grant program to “friends groups,” organizations whose mission includes the “preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and/or promotion” of a New York State park, trail, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of the state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation or the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Applications are due Dec. 3. Grant awards are expected to be announced in March 2020.

For more information about the program visit

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