Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums

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Applications are available through the New York State Grants Gateway. To apply for the opportunity, you must be registered with the Grants Gateway. If your organization is not registered in the Grants Gateway, click on the Request Access Now link for instructions and form.

Further information on the program, along with application instructions, can be found here (link to the attached document).

Introduction

Funding for ZBGA is appropriated through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP). The ZBGA Program provides the stimulus to develop educational, cultural and recreational programs interpreting our natural heritage as well as support for the permanent collections of eligible institutions.

Eligibility

Public or not-for-profit organizations which own, house and care for living or systematically organized collections of objects of natural origin and which primarily provide such services to the general public on a regular and predictable basis are eligible for funding under the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program.

For narrative purposes within this application, such organizations are referred to as Natural Heritage Institutions, and the collections, which they own, manage and interpret for the public, are referred to as Natural Heritage Collections.

Program Restrictions

Under present guidelines, the following are not eligible for funding under the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program:

  • natural history or history museums or collections;
  • science-technology centers/museum or collections;
  • planetariums;
  • gardens and plantings which are primarily decorative, ornamental or commercial;
  • programs which deal primarily with interpretation, utilization and/or maintenance of genetically domesticated plants and/or animals;
  • public school districts or their components;
  • archeological or anthropological museums or collections;
  • Federal agencies and their programs;
  • New York State agencies and departments;

Note: Institutions with collections which include both eligible and ineligible categories and otherwise meet all program eligibility criteria are eligible only for assistance in areas relating to the natural heritage portions of their collections and public service programs.

Application Submission and Review

Applications are available through the New York State Grants Gateway. To apply for the opportunity, you must be registered with the Grants Gateway. If your organization is not registered in the Grants Gateway, please follow the instructions on Page 5 of the Request for Proposal.