|Explore Award Guidelines|
Purpose. (1) Create opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley by connecting their studies to significant places. (2) Encourage students’ appreciation for and stewardship of their communities and cultures.
Who can apply? K-12 educators in public or private schools and after-school or summer programs.
Applicants and sites visited must be in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Ulster, or Westchester counties.
What kinds of experiences qualify? Day trips to places with cultural, historic, and/or natural significance. Performances will be considered if they promote appreciation for/stewardship of the region. (Holding a presentation in a historic building is not enough; performance content should be related to Explore Awards goals.)
Sites must be owned or managed by a not-for-profit or government body and be open to the public regularly. The missions of eligible sites typically include interpretation or preservation and encourage collaboration with schools. Appropriate sites include but are not limited to archives, art galleries, parks, libraries, museums, nature preserves, and other historic or heritage sites.
Eligible expenses/maximum awards. Explore Awards are meant to help cover programs, transportation, and/or admissions. THV will consider requests to cover other costs on a case-by-case basis. We will take into account cost per student, as well as total cost, and will keep in mind that school and community needs and resources vary. Awards are unlikely to exceed $4,000 or $15 per student.
Matches. Explore Awards require a dollar for dollar match. Most applicants can easily meet the match and we will help you. Matches may be cash, in-kind support or a combination. Matches may come from the school budget, PTA, another grant, etc. In-kind contributions acknowledge “value added” by teachers, parents, or others. See the budget section in tips for additional details.
THV summer institute. Grantees are no longer required to attend, but we would love to have you and participation can help you meet the match. Since the institute is place-based professional development related expenses and unpaid time (up to $600 per person per day) may be counted as an in-kind contribution. The 2013 institute will be held July 30-August 1 in Hyde Park; the theme is Place-Based Learning and Common Core.
How and when to apply. Submit a completed form by e-mail at least six weeks before your proposed trip; no other material is needed.
THV acknowledges receipt of applications by e-mail and will review proposals continuously until funds are exhausted. Applicants typically have a response within three weeks.
Payment. After the trip, submit a voucher we provide and invoices for reimbursement or direct payment to transportation providers and/or sites.
More questions? Review tips for completing the application. If you still have questions, call 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, or e-mail,
; please put "Explore Awards" in the subject line.
Top photo: Colonial Festival at Krieger Elementary School (Poughkeepsie) by Bill Urbin, NPS.
Bottom: Student-made replica of Hudson's ship, the Half Moon. Photo courtesy of The Randolph School, Wappingers Falls.