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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 Hudson River Estuary Grants Program Request for Applications (RFAs) or as New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission Request for Proposals (RFPs).

Request for Proposals: Hudson River Access Resiliency Guidance

Bethlehem's fising access site flooded after Tropical Storm Irene shows submerged picnic tables and Town sign
Bethlehem's fishing access site after Tropical Storm Irene.

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) (leaves DEC's website) in cooperation with the Hudson River Estuary Program, invites proposals for a project to help communities and site managers assess risk and plan for flooding and sea-level rise at shorefront parklands and fishing, swimming, and boating access sites along the Hudson River estuary and its tidal tributaries. The project will result in the development of a regional planning guide/handbook that is modeled on, and adapted from, Design and Planning for Flood Resiliency: Guidelines for NYC Parks, produced by NYC Department of Parks. The project will incorporate best environmental practices and universal design principles and will include the use of natural and nature-based approaches where suitable. The geographic scope of this study is the shoreline of the Estuary and the tidal portion of its tributaries from the Troy dam to the southern border of Westchester and Rockland counties.

$50,000 is available for one project through this RFP. The deadline for applications February 15, 2019 at 12 noon.

Eligibility and RFP Application Process

Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: for-profit organizations and consulting firms, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies and municipalities. To download the RFP go to the Contractor Opportunities page on NEIWPCC's website.

For information regarding the RFP topic and application process, contact:
Peter Zaykoski
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854

Request for Applications: River Access Funding for the Vicinity of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

Approximately $750,000 is available to help the area in the vicinity of the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown plan and construct improvements for recreational access to the tidal waters of the Hudson. Funding for this grant opportunity is provided by the Natural Resource Damages (NRD) GM/Tarrytown Hudson River Settlement.

Photo of Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse by
Hudson River Recreation

"River Access in the Vicinity of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown" Request for Applications (RFA) is for projects to provide new or improved access at sites for boating, fishing, swimming, enjoyment of nature, or wildlife-related recreation, or educational interpretation of the Hudson River estuary. These projects must be located on publicly accessible lands along the tidal Hudson or tidal portion of a tributary within 15 miles to the north or south of the former General Motors factory location (address 199 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591) in the general vicinity of the villages of Sleepy Hollow or Tarrytown. The minimum award amount is $10,500, and the maximum amount is $375,000.

The deadline for applications is March 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. The Request for Applications (RFA) for "River Access in the Vicinity of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown" is available online through the Grant Opportunity Portal of the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website). The River Access RFA includes the application, instructions, and detailed eligibility criteria.

General questions about the Hudson River Estuary grants application process may be directed to Susan Pepe, Estuary Grants Manager, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3506;

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). More than $19.4 million had been distributed to 495 applicants as of year's end, 2017. The funding for this program is primarily 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