Hudson River Estuary Grants

Local Stewardship Planning, River Education, and River Access Grants Available Now: Deadline June 2, 2021, at 3 p.m.

The Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda works to conserve or improve clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery. DEC provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda priorities. These opportunities are announced as Request for Applications (RFAs) through the Hudson River Estuary Grants Program or as Request for Proposals (RFPs) through New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).

Three Requests for Applications (RFAs) Now Available

$750,000 in new competitive grant funding is now available through three separate Requests for Applications (RFAs): Local Stewardship Planning; River Access; and River Education. The deadline for all applications is June 2, 2021, at 3 p.m. The RFA applications are only available online through the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC’s website). The Grants Gateway is a web-based grant management system that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York.

Local Stewardship Planning

Approximately $350,000 is available for Local Stewardship Planning. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000. This funding will help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

Eligible Projects

This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities advance four categories of projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies, and/or design:

  1. Hudson River shoreline communities to adapt land uses and decision-making to factor in climate change, flooding, heat, drought, and sea-level rise projections;
  2. Making water infrastructure more resilient to flooding and/or sea-level rise;
  3. Watershed and source water management planning.
  4. Conservation of natural resources by creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, open space plan, conservation overlay zone, open space funding feasibility study, or connectivity plan.
Local Stewardship Planning Application and Deadline

To apply to the Local Stewardship Planning RFA (includes eligibility requirements, project descriptions, prequalification information, and application instructions), please visit NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for Hudson River Estuary or Local Stewardship Planning (Round 32). All applications for Estuary Education grants must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on June 2, 2021, including uploading required program documents and forms.

River Education

Approximately $200,000 is available to support projects to enhance education about the estuary along the tidal waters of the Hudson and make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible. The funding may be used to design, equip and/or construct educational facilities (including signage, exhibits, and river-focused art installations), support development of plans or curriculum, purchase of equipment, and/or development of web sites or mobile phone apps. The minimum grant award is $10,500, and the maximum grant amount is $40,000.

River Education Application and Deadline

To apply to the River Education RFA (includes complete eligibility requirements, project descriptions, prequalification information, and the application instructions) please visit NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for Hudson River Estuary or River Education (Round 33). All applications for Estuary Education grants must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on June 2, 2021, including uploading required program documents and forms.

River Access

Approximately $200,000 is available in the RFA for River Access for projects along the shoreline of the Hudson estuary, including the tidal portion of its tributaries, that provide new or improved accessibility at new or existing access sites for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-dependent recreation. The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum grant amount is $50,000. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

River Access Application and Deadline

To apply to the River Access RFA (includes complete eligibility requirements, project descriptions, prequalification information, and application instructions) visit the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website). Search for Hudson River Estuary, River Access (Round 34). All applications for River Access grants must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on June 2, 2021, including uploading required program documents and forms.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants include Governmental Entities, Municipalities, and Quasi-Governmental Entities, including but not limited to Counties, Cities, Towns, Villages, or Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof, Public Benefit Corporations, Public Authorities, Municipal Corporations, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, School Districts, and Community Colleges, and not-for-profit corporations with a 501(c)(3) designation.

Estuary Watershed Boundaries

Projects eligible for funding must be located within the Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF). To find out if a potential project is located within these boundaries, please type the location of the project into this Hudson River Estuary Grant Program boundaries Google Earth map.

NYS Grants Gateway Questions

Questions about registration and prequalification through the Grants Gateway should be directed to grantsgateway@its.ny.gov. Step-by-step tutorials and guides to registration and prequalification are available at NYS Grants Management (leaves DEC website).

General Questions

General questions about the Estuary Grants application content should be directed to:

Susan Pepe
Estuary Grants Manager
NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3506
HREPGrants@dec.ny.gov

 

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