Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993 provides funds for the acquisition, development and improvement of parks, historic properties and heritage areas, and for the planning of such projects. Municipalities and not-for profit organizations with an ownership interest in the property are eligible. The Historic Preservation program requires that properties be listed on the State or National Registers of Historic Places. The Heritage Areas program requires that the project be located in, and consistent with, approved management plans for Heritage Areas designated under section 33.01 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law. There are long term protection provisions. Grant recipients are required to provide matching funds.
These are reimbursement grants. Once a project agreement is formally approved and conditions met, grant recipients must document project expenditures in order to receive reimbursement. Payment is made upon verification that the work meets State standards and the expenditures comply with State requirements. Ten percent of the grant funds are held until the project is complete. To avoid jeopardizing grant reimbursement, successful applicants are advised NOT to begin work until they formalize a project agreement (including a budget, scope of work and performance timeline) and long-term protection agreement with OPRHP. Award conditions include documenting ownership, incorporation, charities registration, environmental and historic preservation review (SEQR and Section 14.09 of the Historic Preservation Law), OPRHP approval/acceptance of plans and specifications and bidding documents, competitive bidding, EEO and solicitation of MWBEs (Article 15-A of the Executive Law), etc.