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Environmental Restoration Program 2018 Update

2018 Environmental Restoration Program Grant Opportunity

About $10 million is available for 2018 Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) Grants. DEC anticipates using primarily Hazardous Waste Cleanup Account funding for these projects. DEC may potentially receive additional funding from other sources for qualifying projects. Should such funding become available, DEC reserves the right to award all available funding for scored and ranked projects.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Municipalities as defined by Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) §56-0502(5) and municipalities acting in partnership with community-based organizations as defined by ECL §56-0101(15).

Eligibility of Projects:

  • Must have been the subject of an environmental investigation under the New York State Environmental Restoration Program, and

  • Must have a DEC-issued Record of Decision (ROD) for the site. The project's purpose must be to implement the remedy described in the ROD or as subsequently modified based on new information per DER policy.

  • The Municipality must own the property. Proof of ownership must be submitted with the application.

Applications must be submitted through the NYS Grants Gateway. Paper applications will NOT be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. The deadline for submission is September 7, 2018.

Additional eligibility requirements apply to applicants and projects. See the complete grant opportunity description in the Grants Gateway.

Passage of the 2015-16 New York State budget made available up to $10 million a year in funding for the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP). This is welcome news because requests for funding exceeded available funds and, as a result, applications have not been approved since 2008.

Currently within the ERP, the State reimburses up to 90 percent of on-site eligible costs and 100 percent of off-site eligible costs for brownfield site investigation and remediation. The property may then be reused for commercial, industrial, residential or public use.

The 2015-16 Budget Bill made several significant changes to the ERP. For example, municipalities will now have the option to request that the State conduct the remedial action, and then pay their 10 percent share. In addition the municipality will have to commit to provide the Environmental Easement, implement the Site Management Plan and cover the cost of these post-remedy activities.

Check this page periodically! DEC will provide updated information about evolving ERP program changes here. Significant news about the ERP also will be announced through DEC's Brownfield Programs Email Listserv (to subscribe, follow this link and check the "Brownfield Programs" box) .

First ERP Grant Turned Construction Junkyard into New Housing Community

Former APCO property before remediation
The Former APCO property, site
of the first ERP project, was the
longtime dumping grounds for a
local contractor. Photos
courtesy of Rochester DEQ.
Aerial view of property surrounded by houses
The site is surrounded by
residential properties. State and
local officials worked closely with
residents to solicit input on the
design of a new subdivision.
Remediated site with new housing subdivision
In the new housing community called
Newcroft Park, all lots sold quickly,
increasing the local tax base and raising
the value of surrounding homes.