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Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary

Funding Opportunities through the Hudson River Estuary Program

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. These opportunities are announced as grants or as Requests for Proposals.

Requests for Proposals

From time to time competitive funding for environmental protection or improvement projects throughout the Hudson River Estuary and its watershed are available through Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Municipalities, community organizations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and for-profit organizations may be eligible to apply, depending on the specifics of the project.

RFPs are issued to help meet one or more of the goals of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. In prior years, funds have been awarded for research and design of sustainable shoreline demonstration projects; green infrastructure improvements for storm water management; water quality analysis of the Hudson or its tributaries; enhancement of boat launches and streamside parks and for access to the Hudson and its tributaries in environmental justice communities; and many other projects.

Announcement of specific funding opportunities through RFPs will be posted on the NYSDEC website and on the Hudson River Estuary Program website. RFPs will also be announced in our e-newsletter, Hudson RiverNet.

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. The next round of grants is expected to be available in mid-year 2015.

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.

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 Grant Gatewat 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.

Jill Shaw, Grants Manager,
NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3507
(518) 402-8270
jill.shaw@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

2011-2012 (PDF) (2 page, 16 kB)


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