By  on June 20, 2007

NEW YORK — The Tiffany & Co. Foundation established three $1 million grants on Tuesday to help revitalize lower Manhattan.

The Battery Conservancy, the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy and Friends of the High Line will receive the grants.

"The Tiffany and Co. Foundation has partnered with groups around the world dedicated to the preservation of our natural and cultural heritage, but the partnerships we announce today have special meaning," Michael Kowalski, chairman and chief executive of Tiffany & Co, who is on the foundation's board, said in a statement. "Our corporate donor, Tiffany, was founded on lower Broadway. In supporting organizations committed to protecting the area's natural beauty and celebrated monuments, we help create a green space environment that will serve all who live and work in lower Manhattan and the millions of tourists who annually visit the historic area."

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation was founded in 2000, providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the education and preservation of the arts and environmental conservation.

The Battery Conservancy will create the Tiffany Woodland Garden, replete with a carousel dubbed "SeaGlass, Carousel at the Battery," to commemorate Castle Clinton, a national monument located at the southern tip of Manhattan that served, among other things, as the site of the New York City Aquarium.

The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy's grant will fund the "Campaign for New York Harbor." The initiative will provide access to waterfront parks and historic and cultural destinations, and enliven national park sites of the harbor.

The grant for Friends of the High Line will support the construction of Chelsea Grasslands, a planting feature on the former elevated railroad by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf.

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