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N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: February 28, 2017
The N.G. Kaul Scholarship Fund will be offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental/civil engineering or environmental science concentrating on water quality who show a commitment to government service. For more information, go to http://nywea.org/scholarship/NGKaul.cfm

NYS DEC Extends Application Period for Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants
Deadline: Extended to February 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Community Impact Grants fund programs that target environmental and public health threats in low-income and minority communities. Not-for-profit community-based organizations are eligible to apply for Community Impact Grants to work on projects that address environmental and public health concerns of residents in impacted neighborhoods. Organizations are required to have their primary office located in the affected community, serve the residents of an area equal to or smaller than a town or city outside of New York City, or an area equal to or smaller than one of the five boroughs within New York City, and have a total annual revenue less than $3,000,000. Further eligibility information is available online at the Grant Opportunity Portal. Organizations can request up to $50,000. Projects must address a community's exposure to multiple harms and risks and include a research component that will be used to expand the knowledge of the affected community. Previous projects awarded by DEC have included citizen science, water/air quality monitoring, urban farming, alternative energy projects, curriculum development, green infrastructure installation and more. Questions regarding this grant opportunity will be accepted until C.O.B February 17. All questions and answers will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway. Applicants are required to register and prequalify in the Grants Gateway before applying. For a complete list of guidelines more information, contact the Department of Environmental Conservation's Office of Environmental Justice at 866.229.0497, justice@dec.ny.gov or online at DEC's Environmental Justice web page at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/333.html and the grant page at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/31226.html

Natural Resources Inventory - Technical Assistance Application
Deadline: March 1, 2017
The Hudson River Estuary Program is pleased to offer technical assistance to a community in Albany County, New York interested in creating or updating a basic Natural Resources Inventory (NRI). As part of this project, the Estuary Program and a Cornell University graduate student will guide the working group through the steps necessary to create or update a basic NRI; facilitate data acquisition and management; create a series of resource maps; and review the NRI report. Albany County's Senior Natural Resource Planner will participate in the process and assist with providing data and reviewing products. This assistance is available at no cost. Estuary Program assistance will not include development of new data or detailed studies. For more information about the process of developing an NRI, see Creating a Natural Resources Inventory: A Guide for Communities in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/100925.html. To be considered for this opportunity, contact ingrid.haeckel@dec.ny.gov for application questions. Communities chosen to participate in this program will be notified by the end of March. Our goal is completion of the NRI project by the end of 2017. For questions contact Ingrid Haeckel at 845.256.3829.

NYS DEC - Urban Forestry Project Applications
Deadline: March 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Eligible entities are municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts, soil and water conservation districts, community colleges, not-for-profit organizations, and Indian nations or tribes. Awards range from $11,000 to $75,000 depending on municipal population. For more information, go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/108756.html

NYS DEC Funding to Improve Water Quality, Bolster Flood Resiliency in Hudson River Estuary Watershed
Deadline: April 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Approximately $1,000,000 in grant funding is available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed improve water quality, increase flood resiliency, and conserve natural resources. The funding is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and is administered under DEC's 2017 Hudson River Estuary Grants Program for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency. To be eligible for this funding, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in the tributary streams of the Hudson River estuary watershed. Projects must also be designed to pass, at a minimum, a one percent annual chance storm (100-year flood) to promote flood resiliency. Priority will be given to dam removal projects that are in close proximity to the Hudson, because of their importance for improving habitat for American eel and river herring. Engineering and planning projects for removal of dams and for right-sizing of culverts affecting eel or herring migration anywhere in the estuary watershed are also eligible for funding. A map of identified and prioritized barriers can be viewed at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/99489.html. The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum award is $1,000,000. The DEC Hudson River Estuary Program 2017 Request for Applications (RFA) is available online through the NYS Grants Gateway at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov. General information about these grants are also available on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html. Completed grant applications must be submitted online through the Grants Gateway by 3 p.m. on April 6, 2017. 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.

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