DEC ANNOUNCES $350,000 HUDSON RIVER IN ESTUARY GRANTS

Estuary Scenic Hudson Long Dock Park
Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park Estuary. Photo by Robert Rodriguez, Jr. for scenichudson.org

Healthy urban forests protect the health of watersheds by slowing down stormwater runoff and sediment transport. Note that one category of the projects funding by these Hudson River Estuary grants is: 

  • Using green infrastructure practices as a means to reduce combined sewer overflows.

 Grants Will Improve Water Quality and Protect Natural Resources

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that $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. 

“Working with local communities, environmental groups, and civic organizations, New York has significantly improved the environmental health of the Hudson River Estuary,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Governor Cuomo has made significant investments to improve community resiliency and protect our valuable natural resources across New York State. These grants provide another boost to the Hudson River and watershed communities.”

To date, the Hudson River Estuary Program has awarded 495 grants totaling more than $19 million. The Local Stewardship Planning Request for Applications grants support planning for local stewardship of the river environment to help achieve the goals of the 2015-2020 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.

The deadline for applications is July 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. The Requests for Applications (RFA) for “Local Stewardship Planning” is available online through the NYS Grants Gateway at www.grantsgateway.ny.gov.  The Grants Gateway is 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 description of the grant and application process is available on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html.

Eligible project types for Local Stewardship Planning Grants, $350,000

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.

The Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. Created in 1987, the program focuses on the tidal Hudson and its adjacent watershed from the dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City.

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