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Grant Funding for Municipalities

Municipal Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) & ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program

Three million dollars are available (link leaves DEC website) through Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund for rebates for the purchase or lease (for at least 36 months) of eligible clean vehicles, and for installation of eligible infrastructure which supports public use of clean vehicles. The primary purpose of a rebate-eligible facility must be the charging or fueling of clean vehicles by the public. Vehicles must be purchased or leased from a dealership located within New York State. The Office of Climate Change has prepared a fact sheet (PDF, 86 KB) for the Municipal ZEV Rebate Program.

Grant categories and rebate limits are as follows:

Category Total Available Maximum Rebate Maximum per Municipality Match per Project State Share per Project
Clean Vehicle Purchase or Lease $750,000 $5,000 per vehicle (50+ mi. electric range); $2,500 per vehicle (10-50 mi. electric range) $375,000 Not Applicable Grant amount up to rebate limits
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Infrastructure (EVSE) $1,250,000 $250,000 per facility $625,000 20% of Grant Amount Up to $8000 per port (EVSE) or up to $32,000 per pedestal (Direct Current Fast Charge)
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Infrastructure $1,000,000 $250,000 per facility $750,000 20% of Grant Amount Grant amount up to rebate limits

Rebates are currently being awarded on a first come-first served basis for projects meeting all applicable selection criteria (not to exceed the maximum per municipality in each category), until all funds are exhausted, or until March 31, 2017, at which time no more applications will be accepted under this round.

Applying for a ZEV Rebate

The 2016 Request for Applications for the Municipal ZEV and ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program is available through the NYS Grants Gateway (link leaves DEC website). Instructions for finding the grant opportunities and submitting an application are available in the ZEV Program Instructions (PDF, 846 KB). You may also watch our 3-minute tutorial (WebEx recording; link leaves DEC website) that demonstrates how to find and apply for the Municipal ZEV opportunity in the Grants Gateway.

Please direct any questions on the Municipal ZEV and ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program to: or call the Office of Climate Change at 518-402-8448.

Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

The Climate Smart Communities grant program provides 50/50 matching grants to counties, cities, towns and villages of the State of New York for eligible projects in the following categories. Eleven million dollars in funding was made available in 2016 for implementation projects that advance a variety of climate adaptation and mitigation actions, as well as for certification projects that advance several specific actions aligned with Climate Smart Communities Certification requirements.

Awards for all programs offered through the 2016 Consolidated Funding Application were announced at the Regional Economic Development Councils event (link leaves DEC website) on December 8, 2016. The Climate Smart Communities Grant Program awards were announced as part of this event, and are listed by region in file below.

If your municipality received a grant awards through the 2016 Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, you will be contacted by a DEC project manager when we are ready to develop the contract for your grant project in the NYS Grants Gateway.

Applying for Grants and Managing Contracts in the Grants Gateway

All eligible applicants and/or award recipients should visit the NYS Grants Reform website (link leaves DEC website) and become familiar with the statewide Grants Gateway, a web-based grants management system. The Grants Gateway allows potential applicants to browse all NYS Agency anticipated and available grant opportunities, providing a one-stop location that improves the way grants are administered by the State of New York.

All grant applicants must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for a NYS grant opportunity, to enter into a contract, and to receive grant payments. If you have received a grant award through the 2016 Climate Smart Communities Grant Program and have not already done so, you must immediately register in the NYS Grants Gateway (PDF, 299 KB) (link leaves DEC website).

As a first step in the contracting process, we recommend that you review the Quick Start Guide: Contracts (PDF, 1.18 MB) (link leaves DEC website) guidance provided via the Grants Reform website.

Funding amounts over $10,000 are awarded by contract. The New York State Master Contract for Grants (MCG) (PDF, 536 KB) (link leaves DEC website) template is available for review at NYS Grants Reform site (link leaves DEC website). As noted above, all contracting is undertaken within the NYS Grants Gateway.

Project Work Plan/Budgets

Successful applicants will need to enter a project workplan and budget into the Grants Gateway. Completing these worksheets offline will make entering the information into the Grants Gateway easier. The information provided in your Expenditure Based Budget and Work Plan must be consistent with the information provided in your grant application.

There are a number of additional documents that are required in order to successfully develop a contract for a NYSDEC grant award. You will need to complete and upload the following documents into the Grants Gateway Grantee Document Folder.

MWBE Utilization/Worker's Compensation/Insurance Requirements

A MWBE Utilization Plan is required for contracts of $25,000 or more. The Utilization Plan (UP) can be found on the MWBE Goals & Reporting Responsibilities page. If you have questions about completing the UP, please contact the MWBE Unit at 518-402-9240 or

Proof of Worker's Compensation Coverage/Exemption from Worker's Compensation

The following are acceptable Workers' Compensation coverage documents.

  • C-105.2 Certificate of Workers' Compensation Insurance (must name DEC as entity requesting proof)
  • CE-200 Certificate of Attestation of Exemption - (no employees) (does not name DEC/State requesting proof)
  • U-26.3 State Insurance Fund Version of the C-105.2 form
  • SI-12 Certificate of Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance (does not name DEC/State requesting proof)
  • GSI-105.2 Certificate of Participation in Worker's Comp Group Self-Insurance (must name DEC as entity requesting proof)

Proof of Disability/Exemption from Disability

The following are acceptable Disability Benefit Insurance Coverage documents.

  • DB-120.1 Certificate of Disability Benefit Insurance
  • DB-120.2 Certificate of Participation in Disability Benefits Group Self-insurance
  • DB-155 Certificate of Disability Benefit Self-Insurance (does not name DEC/State requesting proof)
  • CE-200 Certificate of Attestation of Exemption - (no employees)

Pursuant to the MCG Program Terms and Conditions, Contractors are required to provide proof of insurance as applicable to their project. Applicable certificates and endorsements must list the Department and the State of New York as additional insureds for applicable Commercial General Liability, Professional Liability, and/or other insurances. The prime contractor must require all subcontractors to carry appropriate insurance, naming the prime contractor, NYS and NYS DEC as additional insureds. The Contractor shall require that any subcontractors hired carry insurance with the same limits and provisions as provided herein. The prime contractor is not required to provide DEC with copies of subcontractor certificates and endorsements.

The Department has determined the following insurances may apply to your project depending on the project scope:

Commercial General Liability Insurance

Must have a limit of not less than $1,000,000 each occurrence. Such insurance shall cover liability arising from premises operations, independent contractors, products-completed operations, broad form property damage, personal and advertising injury, cross liability assumed in a contract (including tort liability of another assumed in a contract).

Public Official's/Professional Liability Insurance

Must include coverage for architect/engineering/surveying services procured under this contract. If applicable, the Contractor and any subcontractor retained by the Contractor to work on the contract shall procure and maintain during and for a period of three (3) years after completion of this contract, Professional Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 issued to and covering damage for liability imposed on the Contractor by this contract or law arising out of any negligent act, error, or omission in the rending of or failure to render professional services required by this contract. The professional liability insurance may be issued on a claims-made policy form, in which case the Contractor shall purchase at its sole expense, extended Discovery Clause coverage of up to three (3) years after work is completed if coverage is cancelled or not renewed. If applicable, the Contractor shall provide coverage for its negligent act, error or omission in rendering or failing to render professional services required by this contract arising out of specifications, installation, modification, abatement, replacement or approval of products, materials or processes containing pollutants, and the failure to advise of or detect the existence or the proportions of pollutants.