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Grant Applications

Competitive grants for environmental protection and improvement are available for municipalities, community organizations, not-for-profit organizations and others. For more information about specific eligibility requirements, enrollment periods, eligible activities, and FAQs for the following grants, please click on the name of the grant program in which you are interested.

Note: All Vendors/Applicants/Grantees now have a new grants management website where they need to register. Please see the important notice below.

Abbreviations are as follows:

  • municipality (MUNI)
  • not-for-profit (NFP)
  • other (OT)

Solid and Hazardous Waste Grants

Funding for municipal projects that improve solid waste management strategies

Program Name Eligible Parties Deadline Awarded By
Municipal Waste Reduction, Recycling MUNI Continuous DEC
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal MUNI Continuous DEC
Solid Waste Municipal Landfill Closure MUNI Continuous DEC
Municipal Landfill Gas Management MUNI Continuous DEC

Water Protection Grants

Funding for projects that protect and improve New York's water resources

Program Name Eligible Parties Deadline Awarded By
Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program MUNI, NFP, OT July 27, 2018 DEC
NYS DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) MUNI July 27, 2018 DEC/EFC
The Hudson River Estuary MUNI, NFP, OT July 11, 2018 DEC
Division of Marine Resource Ocean Action Plan MUNI, NFP, OT Closed DEC

Environmental Cleanup Grants

Funding for projects that facilitate the cleanup of contaminated areas and/or provide assistance to communities affected by environmental contamination

Program Name Eligible Parties Deadline Awarded By
Environmental Restoration Program MUNI September 7, 2018 DEC
Technical Assistance Grants NFP Continuous DEC
Brownfield Opportunity Areas - DOS MUNI, NFP Continuous DOS

Wildlife Protection Grant Programs

Funding for projects that improve and protect wildlife habitats and/or provide public access for wildlife-related recreation

Program Name Eligible Parties Deadline Awarded By
The Hudson River Estuary MUNI, NFP, OT July 11, 2018 DEC

Land and Forest Protection Grants

Funding for projects that protect state, privately owned lands and forests, and trees for the public benefit.

Program Name Eligible Parties Deadline Awarded By
The Hudson River Estuary MUNI, NFP, OT July 11, 2018 DEC
Urban and Community Forestry Grants MUNI, NFP, OT July 12, 2018 DEC

Environmental Justice Grants

Funding for community-based research and education projects that address multiple environmental harms and risks

Program Name Eligible Parties Deadline Awarded By
Community Impact Grants NFP July 9, 2018 DEC
Vital Brooklyn NFP July 20, 2018 DEC

Climate Change

Funding for projects that help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for a changing climate.

Program Name Eligible Parties Deadline Awarded By
Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) & ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program MUNI Closed DEC
Climate Smart Communities MUNI July 27, 2018 DEC

Important Notice for All Vendors/Applicants/Grantees

All vendors (governmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations, Commissions, Authorities, Tribal organizations, etc.) should visit the NYS Grants Reform website and become familiar with the new statewide Grants Gateway, web-based grants management system. The Grants Gateway is an online system that will allow vendors to browse all NYS Agency anticipated and available grant opportunities, providing a one-stop location that will improve the way grants are administered by the State of New York.

Beginning January 1, 2014, all grant applicants/vendors must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for a NYS grant opportunity, to enter into a future contract, and to receive future grant payments.

It is imperative that all vendors immediately register in the NYS Grants Gateway. If you are a NFP organization you must also prequalify in the Grants Gateway before you will be considered eligible to apply for a NYS grant opportunity.

Prequalification Updates

Due to the statutory changes that take effect on July 1, 2014 as a result of the Not For Profit Revitalization Act State agencies will suspend the prequalification requirement for any not-for-profit responding to an RFP from July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014. During that time, not-for-profits will have the ability to access their document vaults in order to update their files without losing the ability to apply for any grant offered by a State agency. All not-for-profit organizations may apply for any State funding during this period regardless of their prequalification status. However, award of funds will be contingent on the ability of a not-for-profit successfully completing the prequalification prior to the execution of a contract. After September 30, 2014 prequalification will once again be required for any not-for-profit applying for State funds, excepting categories of not-for-profit s currently exempted.

More specific Prequalification information can be found on the NYS Grants Reform website.