Updated May 30, 2018


Overview of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Grants

The following is a condensed list of current NYS DEC grant opportunities. For the complete list of NYS DEC grant listings, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/grants.html The application process is different for the different DEC grants, and applications are generally submitted through the Grants Gateway or the Consolidated Funding Application.

NYS DEC Environmental Justice Program - Community Impact Grants
Deadline: July 9, 2018
Website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/31226.html#Impact
Applicants must apply through the Grants Gateway.

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program - Local Stewardship Planning
Deadline: July 11, 2018
Website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html
More details on this grant opportunity below. Applicants must apply through the Grants Gateway.

NYS DEC Urban and Community Forestry Grants
Deadline: July 12, 2018
Website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5285.html
Applicants must apply through the Grants Gateway.

NYS DEC Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP)
Deadline: July 27, 2018
Website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html
Applications are accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

NYS DEC Climate Smart Communities
Deadline: July 27, 2018
Website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/109181.html
More details on this grant opportunity below. Applications are accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).


NYS Department of State Grant Opportunities

A complete list of NYS DOS grant opportunities can be found at: https://www.dos.ny.gov/funding/ The following is one of the current grant opportunities through DOS.

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grants
Deadline: July 27, 2018
Website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/funding/rfa-18-lwrp-10/index.html
Applications are accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) – Round 8 is Now Open
Deadline: July 27, 2018 at 4 PM EST

The CFA offers $750 million in state economic development resources to fund regional economic development projects. The CFA includes funding for:

  • Climate resilience projects from the DEC Climate Smart Communities Program
  • DOS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
  • DEC Water Quality Improvement Program
  • DEC/EFC Wastewater Engineering Planning Grant Program.

It also includes funding from NYSERDA for energy efficiency projects.  For more information and for upcoming information sessions, please visit Mid-Hudson Regional Development Council page. The Mid-Hudson Regional Development Council provides 2018 CFA Available Resources, 2018 Application Manual and the 2018 Regional Economic Development Councils Guidebook.

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program’s Local Stewardship Planning Grants

$350,000 in competitive grant funding is available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish, and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. The grants are provided through New York's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and are administered by DEC's Hudson River Estuary program.

The deadline for applications is July 11, 2018 at 3 pm. The Request for Applications (RFA) for "Local Stewardship Planning" is available online through the NYS Grants Gateway, a web-based grants-management system that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York. All grant applicants, including government agencies and not-for-profit corporations, must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for any state grant opportunity. Not-For-Profit applicants are required to "prequalify" in the Grants Gateway system.

General questions about the Hudson River Estuary grants application process may be directed to Susan Pepe, DEC's Estuary Grants Manager, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3506; HREPgrants@dec.ny.gov. A

The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum award is $50,000. Additional points are given to projects in environmental justice areas and projects that support regional economic development strategies. The five categories of local projects and programs support planning for:

  • Hudson River shoreline communities to adapt land uses and decision-making to factor in climate change, flooding, heat, drought, and sea-level rise projections;
  • Making water infrastructure more resilient to flooding and/or sea-level rise;
  • Using green infrastructure practices as a means to reduce combined sewer overflows;
  • Watershed and source water management planning; and
  • Conservation of natural resources by creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, open space plan, or open space funding feasibility study.

For more information, go to the DEC website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html


Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant program provides competitive, 50/50 matching grants to local governments to conduct climate change adaptation or mitigation implementation projects, or to undertake eligible actions as part of a strategy to achieve Climate Smart Communities certification. Applications are due by 4:00 pm on July 27, 2018.

Funding Available. Up to $8.2 million is available for grants of between $10,000 and $2,000,000 for implementation projects related to flood-risk reduction, increasing natural resiliency, extreme-event preparation, relocation or retrofit of critical infrastructure, improving emergency preparedness, reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT), reducing food waste, reducing landfill methane leakage, and reducing hydrofluorocarbon emissions from refrigeration and other air-conditioning equipment. In addition, $550,000 is available for grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 for certification projects that advance adaptation, land use, transportation, and organic waste management planning, inventory and assessment actions aligned with Climate Smart Communities Certification requirements. Up to five grants of between $2,500 and $9,999 will be available to municipalities of population sizes less than 40,000.

Any county, city, town, or village of the State of New York or New York City borough is eligible to apply. A local government does not have to be a Registered or a Certified Climate Smart Community to be eligible for a grant.

The Request for Applications is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/109181.html  Potential applicants must read the entire RFA for complete details on the program, including information on eligible and ineligible expenses, and application evaluation and scoring.  Apply for the Climate Smart Communities Grant program through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), available online at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/ Email questions to the DEC Office of Climate Change at cscgrants@dec.ny.gov.

Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Webinar: DEC’s Office of Climate Change will provide a webinar on this grants program on Friday, June 8 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. During the webinar, staff will describe grant program requirements, eligible project types, application evaluation and scoring, and information sources. Time will be reserved for staff to answer participant questions. If you plan to attend, please provide your name, email, and community affiliation to the DEC Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8448. In the event that we postpone the webinar, respondents will be notified. Registration is recommended but not required. To join the webinar on June 8th, follow these steps: 1) First, click on this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=eec3de3406fd353a33abb80c95d0aca31 2) Enter your name and email address; 3) Enter the meeting password: CSCGrant1; 4) Click "Join". Audio by phone: Click “Call Me” in the onscreen “Audio Connection” box and enter your phone number to have the system call you. Alternatively, call 1-844-633-8697and enter the Event Number: 316 922 113, followed by your Attendee ID (which will be displayed on your screen in the Event Info tab) to join the audio portion. (The Attendee ID is recommended but not required.) Audio via computer: To listen via your computer's built-in audio or via VoIP, go to the Audio menu and select "Call Using Computer".

Hudson River Valley Greenway - Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
Deadline: August 10, 2018

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce that the 2018 Conservancy Trail Grant Application is now available. This annual grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program.

Eligible project categories include: Trail Construction, Planning and Design; Trail Rehabilitation or Improvement; and Trail Education or Interpretation. The 2018 application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail. To download a PDF of the 2018 Conservancy Trail Grant Guidelines please click here. To download a fillable PDF of the 2018 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Application please click here.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM, August 10, 2018. For assistance, please call 518-473-3835 or email hrvg@hudsongreenway.ny.gov

EPA Funding for Water Contamination and Water Infrastructure
Deadline: Letter of interest by July 6, 2018

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering $5.5 billion in loan funding to interested borrowers to improve existing water infrastructure, such as wastewater treatment plants and drinking water systems, through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.Eligible borrowers include local, state, tribal, and federal government entities, partnerships, joint ventures, corporations, trusts and Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. WIFIA credit assistance can be used for a wide range of projects, including:

  • Drinking water treatment and distribution projects;
  • Wastewater conveyance and treatment projects;
  • Enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities;
  • Desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling projects
  • Drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects.

For more information visit: Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act

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