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Climate Smart Communities Grant Program - Now Open

At a special event in Schenectady on April 18, 2016, DEC 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.

Last Updated 7/25/16 - Questions and Answers [PDF, 127 KB] on the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

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

The Office of Climate Change has prepared a fact sheet [PDF, 230 KB] that compiles links for tools, case studies and resources to help undertake key CSC Certification actions.

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 webinar overview of the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program (link leaves DEC's website) has been recorded as part of the Consolidated Funding Application. The webinar slides (PDF, 3.0 MB) are also available. The Office of Climate Change also offered a separate webinar on the grant program. (this link will download and open WebEx Network Player and will stream the webinar to your computer. It may take some time for it to open.)

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 recent 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 2015-2016 webinar series has concluded. Join us again in September!

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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