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Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary

2014 Hudson River Estuary Grants expected to be announced by the end of March, 2014.

The Hudson River Estuary Program is currently preparing its next Request for Applications (RFA) for Estuary Grants. The 2014 Estuary Grants Program RFA and grant application forms will be available online through the NYS Grants Gateway, (leaves DEC's website), a new, web-based grants management system.

New rules require all prospective applicants to register in advance through the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant. Not-for-profit applicants are required to "prequalify" through the gateway for all grants opportunities. The gateway allows 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, which will be identified in the 2014 application.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

The Estuary Grants Program implements priorities outlined in DEC's 2010-2014 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. Additional eligible projects will be described in the 2014 application.

Questions and Answers

Applicants who expect to apply for any state grant program should visit the NYS Grants Reform website to become familiar with the new NYS Grants Gateway, and to register/prequalify as needed. Questions may be emailed to: GrantsReform@Budget.ny.gov. A member of the Grants Reform Team will respond promptly.

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) (1603 KB). 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


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