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Grants Program and Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary

Funding Opportunities through the Hudson River Estuary Program

Request for Proposals: Watershed Flood Mitigation Assessment: Deadline December 30, 2016

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda aimed at conserving or improving clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery.

Requests for Proposals

Watershed Flood Mitigation Assessment

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in cooperation with DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program is soliciting proposals for a study that will assess flooding vulnerabilities in a Hudson River watershed or subwatershed, and propose flood mitigation solutions that consider both engineering (e.g. roads, bridges, culverts) and natural system solutions (e.g. conservation or restoration of wetlands, forests).

The goal of this project is to collect, assess and provide information to communities to help them address flooding vulnerabilities and mitigate flood impacts, through measures that maintain, improve and restore natural processes and recognize the value of local wetlands and forests in a watershed. The watershed to be assessed does not need to include a public drinking water source, although its inclusion is preferred. The outcomes from this RFP will encourage a multi-benefit approach that will help mitigate flooding impacts and inform local natural resource management policies regarding water and ecosystems.

This RFP is for services to:

  • identify areas prone to flooding (historic and predicted);
  • assess vulnerabilities under a range of flooding scenarios;
  • recommend solutions to reduce flooding impacts to the community(ies) and the ecosystem and propose solutions to protect from flood events including both engineering mitigation strategies and natural infrastructure approaches;
  • estimate the costs and benefits of each suggested solution, and
  • if the chosen watershed contains a public drinking water source, evaluating the vulnerabilities and proposing solutions to sustain these water resources.
    The geographic scale of potential projects has not been predetermined and it is up to the applicant to propose an appropriate and manageable scale to accomplish project objectives.

The complete RFP is available on the website of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (leaves DEC website). The deadline for applications is December 30, 2016 at 12 noon.

Eligibility and Funding

Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: for-profit organizations, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and municipalities. If an applicant is not a municipality, a letter of support from the impacted municipality(ies) within the study area is required. Letters from all municipalities in the watershed study area are encouraged. Projects must be within the Hudson River Estuary watershed, from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Verazzano Narrows. (See map.)

There is $99,950 available for this project. Proposals with budgets that exceed the identified funding will be disqualified. No match is required.

Contact Information

For information regarding the application process, contact the NEIWPCC Project Manager: The RFP is available on the website of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (link leaves DEC).

Michael Jennings, NEIWPCC
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 349-2520
mjennings@neiwpcc.org

For information regarding the RFP topic, contact:

Scott Cuppett
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation/Hudson River Estuary Program
21 South Putt Corners Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-3029
scott.cuppett@dec.ny.gov

Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda aimed at conserving or improving clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery. The availability of competitive Hudson River Estuary Program Grants is announced by the DEC on an annual basis. Funding for the next round of grants is expected to be available in early 2017.

All New York State (NYS) grants are now announced on the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website). The Grants Gateway is designed to allow grant applicants to browse all NYS Agency anticipated and available grant opportunities, providing a one-stop location that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York. Hudson River Estuary Grants are also announced in our e-newsletter Hudson RiverNet. Sign-up now through DEC Delivers to receive the newsletter.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants include municipalities (counties, cities, towns or villages) and not-for-profit corporations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the Hudson River estuary geographic boundaries.

How do I apply?

All New York State (NYS) grant applicants - both governmental and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations - must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website) to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity.

Not-For-Profit applicants must prequalify in the Grants Gateway system prior to the application deadline to be considered eligible to apply for a grant. Registration and prequalification must be completed online at the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website).

Questions and Answers

Questions about registration and prequalification through the Grants Gateway should be directed to GrantsReform@Budget.ny.gov. Step-by-step tutorials and guides to registration and prequalification are available at the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website).

Questions about the Estuary Grants Program should be directed to the contact below.

Susan Pepe
Grants Manager
NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3506
susan.pepe@dec.ny.gov

Grants Program History

Grants for Local Partners

Since 1999, New York State DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program has offered grants to municipalities and non-profits located within its Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF) (1.6 MB). Over the past decade over $11.5 million has been distributed to 342 applicants. The funding for this program is from New York State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

The Estuary Grants were created to help fulfill those goals of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda that can be implemented most effectively by municipalities, not for profits, and other local partners.

Free kayak program at the 72nd Street boat dock
The creation of this dock for the 72nd Street
free kayak program that serves more than
8,000 people every year was made possible
through an Estuary Program Grant
Past Recipients and Their Projects