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Technical Assistance Grant Information

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is continuously accepting applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. Eligible community groups may apply (see information and application in the right column) to receive grants for up to $50,000 per eligible site. There is no matching contribution required on the part of the grant recipient. TAGs, in the form of State Assistance Contracts (SACs), are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible "significant threat" site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program.

Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient and the community it represents understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals, and share this information with the public. Eligible community groups must be non-responsible parties incorporated as not-for-profit corporations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An eligible community group must certify that its membership represents the interest of the community affected by the site, and that its members' health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment are potentially threatened by the site.

TAG Application Documents

For more information, write or call the TAG Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012, (518) 402-9711.

Fact Sheet: Technical Assistance Grants


Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs) are authorized pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Article 27, Titles 13 and 14


Increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in the community

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

A community group must meet all the following criteria to be eligible:

  1. Be a non-responsible-party community group or non-responsible-party community group in partnership with another non-responsible-party community group;
  2. Be a not-for-profit corporation having 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code;
  3. Be a group whose members' health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site; and
  4. Be a group whose membership represents the interests of the community affected by the eligible site.

Site Eligibility Criteria

Sites that are eligible for a TAG include:

  1. Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (State Superfund Program significant threat sites), or
  2. Sites being remediated under the State's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.

Eligible Activities

  • Eligible activities are those that will result in the TAG recipient obtaining independent technical assistance from a qualified environmental professional in interpreting and understanding existing environmental information about the nature and extent of contamination at the eligible site, the proposed and selected remedy and its implementation.
  • Community outreach (e.g. disseminating site related environmental information to the affected community).


  • Applications accepted continuously
  • Funding limited to $50,000 per site
  • Applicant match not required
  • Costs are eligible as of the date of the DEC application approval letter
  • Approved TAG application followed by an executed State Assistance Contract (SAC)
  • Executed SAC required prior to submission of payment request