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Grants Program and Funding Opportunities 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.

Hudson River Estuary Grant Funding:
'Local Stewardship Planning' and 'River Access Improvements' for People of All Abilities'
Deadline: July 12, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Request for Proposals
:
Sustainable Shoreline Preliminary Design at the Hudson Shores Park in Watervliet
Deadline: July 17, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Request for Proposals

Preliminary Design of a Sustainable Shoreline at the Hudson Shores Park in the City of Watervliet, New York


Hudson Shores Park Intertidal Shore Zone and Bank

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) Hudson River Estuary Program and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and its partners, is inviting proposals to design a "Sustainable Shorelines" demonstration project at the Hudson Shores Park in the City of Watervliet, New York. (Maps and images are available in the RFP). The purpose of this project is to work with project partners to produce permit and construction ready plans for the site that incorporate ecologically-enhanced, engineered shoreline treatment(s) that resist erosion, enhance recreational use and access by the public, and improve the habitat value of the site for fish and wildlife species of the Hudson River Estuary.

The project design will be consistent with existing Federal and State regulatory requirements and address present day conditions as well as account for projected increases in frequency of extreme storms and sea level rise. The design process will require involvement of stakeholders including the New York State DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve staff as well as State and Federal regulatory staff and the City of Watervliet, NY. The results of the project will be construction, bid-ready engineering plans with project specifications and permit application materials completed. The plans will be accompanied by a final engineering report that describes existing conditions, the proposed shoreline treatment(s), justification for the proposed design including addressing regulatory thresholds, estimated construction and maintenance costs, construction timelines, and implementation recommendations.

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 17, 2017 at 12 p.m.. The complete RFP is available on the website of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (leaves DEC website).

Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet, NY- Site Description

The Hudson Shores Park is located in the City of Watervliet, Albany County, New York. It is an approximately 1400 foot length of shoreline on the west side of the Hudson River approximately 1.5 miles south of the Federal Dam at Troy. The northern half of the project area consists of a sandy/gravel freshwater intertidal zone with a steep vegetated bank leading to a public park with maintained lawn, benches, a trail and pavilion. The southern half of the shoreline runs approximately 600 feet from the NY Route 2 (19th Street) bridge to the southern park boundary. This area also includes an ADA kayak launch.

Who May Apply?

Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: federal (non-EPA), state, or local government agencies; interstate agencies; private non-profit organizations and institutions; for-profit organizations; and academic or educational institutions. Partnerships are allowed. Please refer to the RFP posted on the NEIWPCC website for complete eligibility requirements.

Schedule

Proposals are due at 12 noon EST on July 17, 2017. The project must be completed by December 29, 2017, with all final reports and paperwork received by December 11, 2017. However, it is desirable for projects to be completed earlier.

Funding

Up to $75,000 is available for this project and it is anticipated that one successful project will be chosen. Proposals with budgets that exceed the identified funding cannot be considered; however, the applicant may add a budget addendum for work to be considered should additional resources become available. Awarded funds may be used for expenses specifically related to the proposed project, including wages and consultant fees.

Contact Information for Sustainable Shoreline RFP

For information regarding the application process, contact the NEIWPCC Project Manager:
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:

Daniel Miller
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation/Hudson River Estuary Program
P.O. Box 315
Staatsburg, NY 12580
(845) 889-4745 ext. 110
Daniel.miller@dec.ny.gov

Hudson River Estuary Grants Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants provided through two RFAs, Local Stewardship Planning, and River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities which are separately described below. To view and download each RFA, please visit the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for 'Hudson River Estuary'. Descriptions of eligible projects, applications, eligibility requirements, and instructions for registering and prequalifying in the Grants Gateway are included in each RFA. General eligibility requirements are described below. Funding for these grant opportunities is provided by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program.

Local Stewardship Planning

Approximately $450,000 is available for Local Stewardship Planning. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000. This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities advance six categories of local projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies, and/or design.

Eligible Projects

Aerial view of Catskill Village
Catskill Village is planning for storm surge and
sea-level rise with the help of Estuary Program grants.
Photo: Jeff Anzevino

This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities advance six categories of projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies, and/or design.

  1. Adapting land uses and decision-making to factor in climate change, flooding, drought, and sea-level rise projections in Hudson River shoreline communities.
  2. Making water infrastructure more resilient to flooding and/or sea-level rise;
  3. Using green infrastructure practices as a means to reduce combined sewer overflows or sanitary sewer overflows;
  4. Watershed management planning within a Hudson River tributary, a tributary sub-watershed, or source watershed;
  5. Creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, or open space plan to conserve natural resources;
  6. Planning for conservation and stewardship of natural scenery and natural vistas.

To view the "Local Stewardship Planning" RFA with eligibility requirements, the application, and instructions, please visit NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for Hudson River Estuary or 'Local Stewardship Planning' (Round 22).

Local Stewardship Application Deadline

All applications for "Local Stewardship Planning" must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on July 12, 2017. This includes uploading required program documents and forms. Paper applications will NOT be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least two business days in advance of the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for review. Applicants may submit up to 3 applications. However, the applications may not be for the same project or project location. Questions about this grant opportunity will be accepted until close-of-business July 5, 2017. All applicants' questions, and answers to these questions, will be posted in the New York State Grants Gateway for all applicants to review. Questions should be directed to Susan Pepe at HREPgrants@dec.ny.gov. (Please see "Questions and Answers" below.)

River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities

Approximately $220,000 is available in Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000.

Eligible Projects

Woman uses 'strong arm' adaptive rod holder to fish
A 'strong arm' adaptive fishing device provides extra
support for this angler during a day of fishing
on the Hudson in New York City.

This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities execute quality projects which improve accessibility at existing river access sites for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-dependent recreation; or educational interpretation of the estuary for people of all abilities on the tidal waters of the Hudson, especially focused on making improvements to include people with disabilities. Projects may include construction of physical improvements, purchase of adaptive equipment, or development of accessibility improvement plans, as described in greater detail below. The full scope of an accessibility project should include accessible parking and pathway to the new element or a reference that these already exist. Wherever possible, incorporating principles of universal design is strongly encouraged.

  1. Hudson River Shoreline Access Retrofits Applicants may apply for projects on the shoreline of the tidal waters of the Hudson River estuary, including the tidal portion of its tributaries, to develop, retrofit, repair, or make improvements to existing river access sites to improve access for people of all abilities for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-related recreation or educational interpretation of the estuary for people of all abilities on and along the estuary.
  2. Assessing and Planning for Accessibility Improvements Applicants may apply for projects that propose ADA designs, plans, assessments and ADA transition planning for existing access sites along the Hudson River estuary. Such plans must specifically lead to improving the use of the site for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-related recreation or educational interpretation of the estuary for people of all abilities.

Application Deadline

All applications for "River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities" must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on July 12, 2017. This includes uploading required program documents and forms. Paper applications will NOT be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least two business days in advance of the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for review. Applicants may submit up to 3 applications. However, the applications may not be for the same project or project location. Questions about this grant opportunity will be accepted until close-of-business July 5, 2017. All applicants' questions, and answers to these questions, will be posted in the New York State Grants Gateway for all applicants to review. Questions should be directed to Susan Pepe at HREPgrants@dec.ny.gov. (Please see "Questions and Answers" below.)

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants include governmental entities, municipalities, and quasi-governmental entities (a local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, or Indian tribe or nation residing within New York State, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts, school districts, community colleges, or any combination thereof), and not-for-profit corporations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF, 1.6 MB). To find out if your project is located within these boundaries, please type the location of the project into this Hudson River Estuary Grant Program boundaries Google Earth map.

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 Local Stewardship Planning and River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities must be received by COB July 5, 2017. All applicants' questions, and answers to these questions, will be posted in the New York State Grants Gateway for all applicants to review.
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
HREPgrants@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