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Environmental Restoration Program 2021 Update

2021 Environmental Restoration Program Grant Opportunity

DEC anticipates offering the next round of Environmental Restoration Program (ERP)grants in late summer - early fall, 2021.

Check this page periodically! DEC will provide updated information about evolving ERP program changes here. Significant news about the ERP also will be announced through DEC's Brownfield Programs Email Listserv (to subscribe, follow this link and check the "Brownfield Programs" box) .

Projects Eligible for ERP Funding

Eligible projects are those which have been the subject of an environmental investigation under the New York State Environmental Restoration Program and have a DEC-issued Record of Decision (ROD) for the site. The project's purpose must be to implement the ROD, or the ROD as subsequently modified based on new information in accordance with DER-2, Making Changes to Selected Remedies.

Who May Apply

The purpose of this program is to provide grants to municipalities for the investigation and remediation of municipally owned properties. For the purposes of this grant program, the following entities are considered eligible applicants: Municipalities as defined by ECL §56-0502(5) and Municipalities acting in partnership with community-based organizations as defined by ECL §56-0101(15).

Requirements to Apply

New York State has implemented an electronic Grants Gateway system. The Grants Gateway is a statewide initiative to make it easier for grantees to apply for and receive funding. All applicants must apply through the NYS Grants Gateway. This includes answering all program questions and uploading completed and required program documents and forms. Paper applications are not accepted.

A Municipality potentially interested in applying for an ERP Grant should visit the NYS Grants Gateway website and become familiar with the statewide web-based grants management system.

An Applicant must be Registered with AND Prequalified in the Grants Gateway to submit an application to the ERP. An Application received from an otherwise qualifying Applicant that has not Registered and is not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway will not be considered or evaluated.

For More Information

Write or call the DEC ERP Coordinator. Contact information is on the right side of this page.

Municipalities with eligible site projects will be contacted via email as soon as the ERP Grant Opportunity is made available on Grants Gateway.

First ERP Grant Turned Construction Junkyard into New Housing Community

Former APCO property before remediation
The Former APCO property, site
of the first ERP project, was the
longtime dumping grounds for a
local contractor. Photos
courtesy of Rochester DEQ.
Aerial view of property surrounded by houses
The site is surrounded by
residential properties. State and
local officials worked closely with
residents to solicit input on the
design of a new subdivision.
Remediated site with new housing subdivision
In the new housing community called
Newcroft Park, all lots sold quickly,
increasing the local tax base and raising
the value of surrounding homes.