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Green Infrastructure Funding Sources

These tables list a number of state, federal and other programs that may fund green infrastructure projects. A link to each funding source's website, the name of the funding agency and a basic description of the funding program and how it may relate to green infrastructure are provided.

This information was obtained from funding program websites, and typically reflects the information that was available in recent funding cycles. Priorities for individual funding programs may vary from cycle to cycle. We aim to keep this information up to date but funding programs change frequently, and the best source for current, detailed information is through the funding agency/organization. Other funding programs that include green infrastructure may exist, particularly through federal and other organizations.

Let us know about other green infrastructure funding sources by emailing: DOWinformation@dec.ny.gov.

Green Infrastructure Funding Sources

NYSDEC
Program Source Summary
Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program DEC - Division of Water Competitive, reimbursement grant program for projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality and restore habitat. Requests for Proposals (RFP) for previous rounds have included funding for green infrastructure projects.
Hudson River Estuary Program Grants DEC - Hudson River Estuary Program Implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda aimed at: conserving or improving clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; community resiliency; and river scenery. Previously awarded projects have included green infrastructure.
Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program DEC - Office of Environmental Justice Provides community-based organizations with funding for environmental and public health concerns. Previously awarded projects have included green infrastructure projects.
Urban & Community Forestry Program Cost Share Grants DEC - Division of Lands and Forests Assistance to communities in comprehensive planning, management, and education to create healthy urban and community forests. Street tree planting, one eligible project type, may fit well with green infrastructure projects.
Other NYS Sources (all links leave DEC website)
Program Source Summary
Green Innovation Grant Program NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Supports projects that utilize unique stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies. Funding for eight specific green infrastructure practices.
Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grants NYS Department of State Matching grants to revitalize communities and waterfronts. Funded projects may include green infrastructure components.
Community Development Block Grant NYS Homes and Community Renewal Funding for drinking water, clean water and stormwater, and public works. Green infrastructure components may be a part of larger public infrastructure projects funded through this program.
Greenway Communities Grant Program Hudson River Valley Greenway Funding to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway objectives of economic development with resource protection and promotion. Site planning/design projects may include green infrastructure.
Federal (all links leave DEC website)
Program Source Summary
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Funding to improve urban water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. RFPs may include green infrastructure.
EPA Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants U.S. EPA Funding for eligible shoreline cities' green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Various federal agencies, including U.S. EPA and the U.S. Forest Service Funding to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Green infrastructure projects have been eligible for funding in previous federal agencies' RFPs.
U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program U.S. Forest Service Funding for program development, study, and collaboration that will launch some of the strategies in the (2016-2026) Ten Year Urban Forestry Action Plan. Green infrastructure projects have been eligible for funding in previous RFPs.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program FEMA, administered by NYS Office of Emergency Management Helps communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential major disaster declaration. This is a federal grant that is administered by the state. May fund green infrastructure if a benefit-cost analysis shows that the damages saved from the project exceed the cost of the project.
Other (all links leave DEC website)
Program Source Summary
Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants to restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Green infrastructure projects have been eligible for funding in previous RFPs.
Delaware River Restoration Fund National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Funding to improve water quality and habitat in the Delaware River. Green infrastructure has been eligible for funding in previous RFPs.
Environmental Solutions for Communities National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Supports projects that link economic development and community well-being to environmental stewardship and health. Green infrastructure has been a funding priority in previous RFPs.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Funding to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Green infrastructure has been a funding priority in previous RFPs.
Long Island Sound Futures Fund National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Supports projects in local communities to protect and restore the Long Island Sound. Green infrastructure has been a funding priority in previous RFPs.
NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Grant Program New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) Funding to design and construct green infrastructure systems for private property owners in combined sewer areas of New York City.
Onondaga County "Save the Rain" Program: Green Improvement Fund Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection Supports the development of green infrastructure and stormwater mitigation techniques on private property.
Onondaga County "Save the Rain" Program: Suburban Green Infrastructure Program Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection Supports the development of green infrastructure and stormwater mitigation techniques on public property within the Onondaga County sanitary sewer district but outside the City of Syracuse.

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