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Grants Program and Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary

Funding Opportunities through the Hudson River Estuary Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda aimed at conserving or improving clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery. These opportunities are announced as Hudson River Estuary Grants Program Request for Applications (RFAs) or as New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission Request for Proposals (RFPs).

RFP: River Scenery Guidance, Training and Demonstration Project

scenic view of a river from on top of a small mountain

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) (leaves DEC's website) in cooperation with the Hudson River Estuary Program, invites proposals for a project to help river shoreline landowners and historic sites manage their lands help to conserve natural scenery and river vistas while protecting natural resources and wildlife habitat. The project includes the development of a handbook and/or fact sheets for property owners; outreach and training; and implementation of two demonstration projects to be described in case studies. The geographic scope of this study is the shoreline of the Estuary from the Troy dam to and including, Riverdale, New York on the east shore, and the New York State border on the west shore.

$135,000 is available for one project through this RFP. The deadline for applications December 14, 2018 at 12 noon.

Eligibility and RFP Application Process

Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: for-profit organizations and consulting firms, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies and municipalities. To download the RFP go to the Contractor Opportunities page on NEIWPCC's website.

For information regarding the application process, contact Peter Zaykoski, the NEIWPCC
Project Manager:

Peter Zaykoski
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854

For information regarding the RFP topic, contact:
Becky Thomas

Hudson River Estuary Grants Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation annually announces the availability of competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants provided through Requests for Applications (RFAs). The next round of grant opportunities will be announced in 2019. The grants will be described on this page; the grant application, descriptions of eligible projects, and eligibility requirements are included in the RFA which will be posted on the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website). Instructions for registering and prequalifying in the Grants Gateway are included in each RFA. General eligibility requirements for all RFAs are described below. Funding for these grant opportunities is provided by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants include governmental entities, municipalities, and quasi-governmental entities (a local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, or Indian tribe or nation residing within New York State, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts, school districts, community colleges, or any combination thereof), and not-for-profit corporations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF, 1.6 MB). To find out if your project is located within these boundaries, please type the location of the project into this Hudson River Estuary Grant Program boundaries Google Earth map.

How do I apply?

All New York State (NYS) grant applicants - both governmental 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).

Questions and Answers

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).

Questions about the Estuary Grants Program should be directed to:
Susan Pepe
Grants Manager
NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3506

Grants Program History

Grants for Local Partners

Since 1999, New York State DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program has offered grants to municipalities and non-profits located within its Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF, 1.6 MB). More than $19.4 million had been distributed to 495 applicants as of year's end, 2017. The funding for this program is primarily from New York State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

The Estuary Grants were created to help fulfill those goals of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda that can be implemented most effectively by municipalities, not for profits, and other local partners.

Free kayak program at the 72nd Street boat dock
The creation of this dock for the 72nd Street
free kayak program that serves more than
8,000 people every year was made possible
through an Estuary Program Grant
Past Recipients and Their Projects