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.

2014 Grants

Organization Project Amount
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