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Invasive Species Grant Progam

The application period for this grant opportunity is now closed. Awards are expected to be announced in Spring 2019.

The newly consolidated Invasive Species Grant Program will combine previous opportunities, such as the Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention and the Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Early Detection/Rapid Response grants, to create a single grant program designed to support projects that target both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. In addition, the Invasive Species Grant program will allow applications for two new categories: Lake Management Planning and Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Research.

Approximately $3,000,000 in grant funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is available for eligible projects.

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Request for Applications

Invasive Species Grant Request for Applications (RFA) (PDF, 244 KB) -- The RFA provides details on the project objectives, application process, eligible expenditures, evaluation criteria, and contractual requirements for the Invasive Species grant program.

A webinar for this Grant Program was held on January 17, 2019. The webinar in full can be viewed on YouTube (link leaves DEC's website), or you can view the PowerPoint slides (PDF, 169 kB) presented by Invasive Species Unit Staff.

Application Deadline

The application period for this grant opportunity is now closed. Applications that were submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15, 2019 are currently under review with award announcements expected this spring. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for review.

The question and answer period for this grant opportunity is now closed. Questions about this grant opportunity were accepted until close-of-business Friday, January 25, 2019. All questions and answers have been uploaded in the New York State Grants Gateway for all applicants to review.

Minimum and Maximum Award Amounts

Minimum grant amount is $11,000. Maximum grant amount is $100,000.

Application Limit

Applicants may submit up to two applications. Multiple applications may not be for the same project or project location.


This grant program has a 25% match requirement. For example, a $50,000 grant would require $12,500 in match for a total project cost of $62,500; $50,000 funded by grant.

Projected Term

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables that can be completed within a three-year contract term.

A female boat steward inspecting the invasive species she found on a canoe while the boat owner looks on

Eligible Project Types

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Spread Prevention

Boat Steward Education and Outreach/Voluntary Inspection: To deploy watercraft stewards to conduct voluntary boat inspections and deliver education and outreach to recreational boaters to prevent the spread of AIS.

Boat Decontamination Stations: To strategically place boat stewards operating decontamination stations in Focus Areas for Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention

Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response and Control

Physical and Mechanical Removal - Hand pull, drawdown, and mechanical harvesting

Chemical Treatment - Herbicides and shading

Biocontrol Release- Grass carp and herbivorous insects

Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Research: To fund research which may vary from basic life-history studies to improving invasive species control methodologies.

Lake Management Planning: Fund the development and finalization of a lake management plan for a priority waterbody

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants include:

Municipalities, Academic Institutions, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations whose projects are located within the eligible geographic boundaries defined in this Request For Applications. Other groups such as unincorporated lake associations must apply through a municipality, not-for-profit, or academic institution as the designated lead.

How do I apply?

All New York State (NYS) grant applicants - governmental, academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations - must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website) 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 (leaves DEC's website).

NYS Grants Gateway Questions

Questions about registration and prequalification through the Grants Gateway should be directed to Step-by-step tutorials and guides to registration and prequalification are available at the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website).

General Questions

Questions about the Invasive Species Grants Program should be directed to the contact below:

Dave Adams
NYSDEC, Lands and Forests
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4253