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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: Climate Adaptive Design Project Development

two women discuss landscape architecture in front of display easels
A Cornell landscape architecture student explains her
resilient design concept for Kingston Point.

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) (leaves DEC's website) in cooperation with the Hudson River Estuary Program, invites proposals to design a project to reduce shoreline or stormwater risk in one or more of the communities of Catskill, Kingston, Piermont, or Hudson, New York. Each of these communities participated in the Climate-Adaptive Design studio (CAD) (leaves DEC's website), a program which links Cornell University graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture with flood-risk Hudson riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient and connected waterfront areas.

The purpose of this project is for a consultant, with support from the municipality, to review CAD concepts, select appropriate elements, and design an implementable project at a specific site or sites. Eligible projects must reduce flood-risk and erosion while enhancing habitat value. This may include options for strategic relocation, resilient waterfront structures and infrastructure, natural and nature-based shoreline design, and stormwater green infrastructure. $125,000 is available for one project through this RFP. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2019 at 12 noon.

Eligibility and RFP Application Process

Eligible applicants are engineering, landscape architecture or other relevant consulting firms. The applicant must demonstrate clear support from the municipality (Village of Catskill, City of Hudson, City of Kingston or Village of Piermont, NY) and the property owner (public or private) for the application. Non-profit organizations may also be project partners. To be eligible for this RFP, the project site(s) must be within a previous Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio study area in City of Kingston, Village of Catskill, City of Hudson or Village of Piermont, NY.

To download the RFP and to apply, go to the Contractor Opportunities page on NEIWPCC's website.

General questions about the application process may be directed to Peter Zaykoski, NEIWPCC, 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410, Lowell, MA 01854; 978-349-2526;

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.

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Photo of Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse
by 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.

two young women in a kayak with an assist from a worker 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