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Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda Grants

Funding Opportunities through the Mohawk River Basin Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Mohawk River Basin Program to implement priorities outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda aimed at fish, wildlife and habitats; water quality; flood hazard risk reduction; community planning and revitalization; and working landscapes, land use and open space.

Requests for Proposals

Applications are being accepted until 3:00PM on May 24, 2017 for the 2017 Mohawk River Watershed Grants. Read the Request for Applications (PDF, 620 KB) for more information.

From time to time competitive funding for environmental protection or improvement projects throughout the Mohawk River Basin is available through Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Municipalities and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations 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 Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda. Previously, funds have been awarded for conservation easements and protection of actively working farmland, water quality analysis, restoration of riparian buffers, and studies and implementation of enhanced streamside and watershed recreational opportunities and river access.

Announcement of specific funding opportunities through RFPs will be posted on the NYSDEC website and this webpage. RFPs will also be announced in the NYSDEC Division of Water e-newsletter, MakingWaves.

Grants Program for the Mohawk River Basin

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Mohawk River Basin Program to implement priorities outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda aimed at fish, wildlife and habitats; water quality; flood hazard risk reduction; community planning and revitalization; and working landscapes, land use and open space. It is anticipated that the availability of competitive Mohawk River Basin Program Grants will be announced by DEC on an annual basis.

All New York State grants are now announced on the NYS Grants Gateway (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page). 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 and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations. Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the Mohawk River Basin watershed geographic boundaries.

How May I Apply?

All New York State grant applicants - both governmental and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations- must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page) 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 (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can the Mohawk River Basin Program offer guidance on the eligibility of an applicant's proposed project?
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The Mohawk River Basin Program cannot offer assistance with the details of a proposed project. This is a competitive grant round and all applications will be scored per the Scoring Criteria that is available in the Request for Applications. Any guidance on an applicant's project would give that applicant an unfair advantage. Proposed projects must adhere to the project criteria set forth in the Request for Applications to be eligible for scoring. Projects that do not adhere to the specified project criteria will be disqualified and will not be scored. A list of projects that received funding under the previous round is available below under Grants Program History.

Q. Do municipalities need to complete the prequalification process in the Grants Gateway?
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Municipalities are not required to prequalify in the Grants Gateway system. Only not-for-profit organizations are required to prequalify at this time.

Q. Do municipalities have to go through a bid process to hire a contractor to do the project work?
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The DEC does not have specific bid requirements for municipalities to hire contractors. However, municipalities are required to follow General Municipal Law for this process.

Q. Can a not-for profit organization with a 501(c)(9) determination apply for this grant opportunity?
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Not-for-profit organizations must have a 501(c)(3) determination to be eligible to apply. Other types of not-for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Q. How is the grant application accessed on the Grants Gateway? Can the application be printed and submitted in paper format?
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Paper applications will no longer be accepted for any grant opportunity. All NYS grant applicants must register to use the new online NYS Grants Gateway system to access available grant opportunities and submit an application online. Not-for-profit organizations must also be prequalified in the system to be eligible to submit an application. Information regarding the Grants Gateway, registration and prequalification can be found on the Grants Gateway website (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website section of the right-hand column of this page).

Q. Our organization is registered and prequalified in the Grants Gateway, yet staff and/or organization members still cannot access the application. Why?

A. Organization members and/or staff must be assigned specific role(s) by the Delegated Administrator to perform certain tasks in the Grants Gateway. The Delegated Administrator is assigned by the organization on the registration form that is submitted to gain access to the Grants Gateway. A chart of the Grantee Roles and their specific online application capabilities can be found in item #6 of the "Grantee Quick Start Guide," which can be downloaded from the Grants Gateway Information for Current and Potential Grantees webpage under the Quick Links column (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website section of the right-hand column of this page). Please keep this in mind when assigning roles to staff or organization members to avoid missing the application deadline. Submission of completed applications in the Grants Gateway system can only be performed by persons that are assigned the Grantee Contract Signatory role and/or the Grantee System Administrator role.

Q. In the application instructions it states that an applicant may submit up to two applications. We have already submitted one for the 2015 Mohawk River Watershed Grant. Our first proposed project has to do with a low area that will not drain. The plan would be to add a culvert to remove "flood waters" back to the river protecting a wellfield. My question is that we, the applicant, intend to submit an application for another proposal, this one for construction of a "flood bench" along a stream bank located within the same community. Is this considered the same type of project? We don't want to submit if it is.

A. As stated in the RFA for this grant under Section I - General Information and Conditions, applicants may submit up to 2 applications. However, the applications may not be for the same project location and must address different project types as identified within the RFA. While both of these proposed projects fall under the category of project objective of "Promote flood hazard risk reduction and enhanced flood resiliency in the Mohawk River watershed" they are different project types and are at two separate locations, therefore both applications may be submitted for consideration.

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 (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page).

Grants Program History

Grants for Local Partners

Since 2012, New York State DEC's Mohawk River Basin Program has offered grants to municipalities and non-profits located within the Mohawk River Basin Watershed boundaries. Since 2012, over $200,000 has been awarded for projects in the Mohawk River Basin Watershed through Mohawk River Basin Program grants. The 2015 Mohawk River Basin Grants Program awards are listed below. The funding for this program is from New York State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

These grants were created to help fulfill those goals of the Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda that can be implemented most effectively by municipalities and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations.

Grant Recipient Description
Oneida County Soil & Water Conservation District Stabilization of an existing sanitary sewer line in the Sauquoit Creek and restoration of the function and habitat of this stretch of Sauquoit Creek through the installation of a Newberry Riffle. A low flow channel will be installed in the newly constructed riffle in order to accommodate fish passage in low water.
Research Foundation for SUNY Cobleskill SUNY Cobleskill and its partners will perform water sampling blitzes from May through October throughout the Mohawk River and its major tributaries, in a continuation and enhancement of testing performed in 2015. Results from each testing blitz will be analyzed and mapped, and analysis including trends of chronic contamination or unexpected pockets of contamination will be identified.
Onondaga Environmental Institute, Inc. Youth engagement through classroom lessons and field activities for students in the New York Mills and Oriskany school districts and expanding to include the Utica and Waterville school districts. Activities intended to increase environmental awareness and stewardship will focus on watershed issues and concepts as they pertain to the Mohawk River. Students will learn about key ecological, watershed and anthropogenic concepts critical to increased knowledge and understanding of the Mohawk River ecosystem.
College of Saint Rose Collection of samples of river water and channel sediments along the length of the river from Rome, New York to the junction with the Hudson River in Waterford in order to quantify pollution of the water and sediment by microplastic particles, determination of concentration and potential point sources in the Mohawk River. Maps showing microplastic concentrations and potential point sources will be prepared and made available for use by state, regional and local entities.