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Trees for Tribs Grant Program

Map depicting different watersheds in NYS, indicating that all of the state except the Hudson River Watershed are eligible for the grant.
Map of eligible watersheds - click to enlarge (PDF 1.88 MB)

The Trees for Tribs Grant Program supports efforts to reforest New York's tributaries, or small creeks and streams, which flow into and feed larger rivers and lakes. The goal of the program is to support communities in planting young trees and shrubs along stream corridors, also known as riparian areas, to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, as well as protect water quality.

Approximately $525,000 in grant funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and administered by DEC's Division of Lands and Forests is available for eligible projects in the Great Lakes Priority, Mohawk Priority and Statewide Priority watersheds. Hudson River Watershed tree planting opportunities are available through the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program.

Request for Applications

Request for Applications (RFA) (PDF, 871 KB) -- The RFA provides details on the project objectives, application process, eligible expenditures, evaluation criteria, and contractual requirements for the Trees for Tribs grant program.

Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on September 7, 2018, including uploading required program documents and forms. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least two business days in advance of the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for review.

Questions about this grant opportunity will be accepted until close-of-business August 17, 2018. All questions and answers will be posted continuously in the New York State Grants Gateway and on this web page for all applicants to review. Questions should be directed to Mary Hegarty at treesfortribs@dec.ny.gov.

Several people planting trees along a stream.

Minimum and Maximum Award Amounts

Minimum grant amount is $11,000. Maximum grant amount is $100,000.

Match

This grant program has no match requirement. Grant funds are available for up to 100% of the requested budget.

Projected Term

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables that can be completed within a two-year contract term.

Eligible Project Type

Riparian Tree Planting - Planting trees and shrubs along streams on public and private property improves wildlife habitat, water quality and climate and storm resiliency. Eligible activities include: landowner outreach and education, planting plan development, site preparation, riparian planting (including: native trees and shrubs, plant shipping costs, tree tubes, weed mats, stakes), equipment rentals, contractor and staff expenses.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants include:

Municipalities, Academic Institutions, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations whose projects are located within the eligible geographic boundaries defined in this Request For Applications. Other groups such as unincorporated river associations must apply through a municipality, not-for-profit, or academic institution as the designated lead.

How do I apply?

All New York State (NYS) grant applicants - governmental, academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations - must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website) to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity.

Not-For-Profit applicants must prequalify in the Grants Gateway system prior to the application deadline to be considered eligible to apply for a grant. Registration and prequalification must be completed online at the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website).

NYS Grants Gateway Questions

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

General Questions

General questions about the grant program can be directed to the contact below. Questions about this particular grant opportunity will be accepted until close-of-business August 17, 2018. All questions and answers about this grant opportunity will be posted continuously in the New York State Grants Gateway and on this web page for all applicants to review. Questions should be directed to the contact below.

Mary Hegarty, Statewide Trees for Tribs Coordinator
NYSDEC, Lands and Forests
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4250
treesfortribs@dec.ny.gov