- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A half-million dollars in grants is being made available to groups across New York that support their local state parks, historic sites and trails.

The New York state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Wednesday that $500,000 in grants are available to friends groups of state parks. The grants are being administered by state parks and Parks & Trails New York, an Albany-based advocacy group.

The funds can be used to preserve and promote parks, historic sites and trails and boost volunteerism and fundraising efforts on the local level.

Applications for the funding are due Dec. 4, with the grant awards are expected to be announced in March 2016.

Funding for the grants is provided by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

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