Hudson River Improvement Fund

The Hudson River Improvement Fund is currently not accepting proposals.

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.

Application Materials

Hudson River Foundation