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Climate Smart Communities Grant Program - Now Open

At a special event in Schenectady on April 18, 2016, DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced new funding for communities ready to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change. The 2016 Request for Applications [PDF, 175 KB] for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program is now available through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (link leaves DEC website.) Applications are due by 4:00 pm on July 29, 2016.

All counties, cities, towns and villages of the State of New York are eligible to receive funding. The CSC grant program will provide 50/50 matching grants for eligible projects in the following categories.

Project Categories

Funding is available for implementation projects that advance a variety of climate adaptation and mitigation actions, including the following:

  • Construction of natural resiliency measures
  • Relocation or retrofit of climate-vulnerable facilities
  • Conservation or restoration of riparian areas and tidal marsh migration area
  • Reduction of flood risk
  • Clean transportation
  • Reduction or recycling of food waste

Funding is also available for certification projects that advance several specific actions aligned with Climate Smart Communities Certification requirements:

  • Right-sizing of government fleets
  • Developing natural resource inventories
  • Conducting vulnerability assessments
  • Developing climate adaptation strategies
  • Updating hazard mitigation plans to address changing conditions and reduce climate vulnerability

Consolidated Funding Application Workshops

A series of training workshops (link leaves DEC website) on the Consolidated Funding Application is being offered at locations throughout the state during May and June 2016.

A brief webinar (link launches webinar) has been recorded to provide an overview of the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program. The webinar slides [PDF, 3.0 MB] are also available.

Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series

Experts and representatives from leading Climate Smart Communities share ideas and experiences in brief, informative sessions via the Internet. The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) webinar series runs from June through September each year on the second Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted. Sessions begin at 10:30 AM and last approximately 90 minutes. Previous webinar presentations and recordings are found on our Climate Smart Communities Webinar Presentations page. See the 2015-2016 schedule for a list of upcoming webinars. Sign up to receive email instructions on how to access each webinar with DEC Delivers, or visit the event listing on the DEC calendar.

The next webinar is:
Community Choice Aggregation
June 9, 2016, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

On April 20, 2016, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved an order enabling all municipalities in New York to establish Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA empowers municipalities to aggregate the buying power of individual customers and negotiate contracts for more affordable, cleaner sources of electricity. Benefits of CCA can include: helping communities take control of their energy future through local programs that meet community goals, improving local economies by lowering the cost of power, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through switching to renewable energy sources.This Climate Smart Communities webinar will provide an overview of what the PSC order means for your community, lessons learned from case studies (including the Westchester County CCA pilot), and guidance on forming a CCA in your region..

Direct Technical Support

From 2012-2015, the State sponsored the Climate Smart Communities Regional Coordinators Pilot Program to provide direct technical support to CSCs in four regions: Central New York, Capital District, Mid-Hudson and Long Island. With the Climate Smart Communities pledge as a roadmap, the coordinators advised and empowered local governments by connecting them with appropriate financial and technical programs, helping them to coordinate with and learn from other communities, offering practical assistance and helping communities track their accomplishments. The tools and resources developed during this three-year pilot are available to all communities via the CSC program.

New York State is committed to helping local governments become Climate Smart Communities, achieve CSC certification and implement other clean energy initiatives. Direct technical support from regional contractors (funded by New York State) is expected to resume in the spring of 2016 under the New York State Community Partnership.

Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action

The Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action provides how-to information and community action case studies.

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