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Grants Program and Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary

Request for Applications: Tributary Restoration and Resiliency Deadline - February 5, 2020

The Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda works to conserve or improve clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery. DEC provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda priorities. These opportunities are announced as Request for Applications (RFAs) through the Hudson River Estuary Grants Program or as Request for Proposals (RFPs) through New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency RFA

DEC is pleased to announce $986,000 in funding for projects to help restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, conserve and restore habitat, and increase flood resiliency for communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award is $986,000. Funding for this grant opportunity is provided by the New York State (NYS) Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program and Ocean Great Lakes Program.
View the Tributary Restoration and Resiliency RFA.

After a barrier was removed from the Wynants Kill in
Troy, herring returned to historic spawning grounds.

Project Types

To be eligible, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in the tributary streams of the Hudson River estuary watershed. Primary priority will be given to dam removal projects that are in close proximity to the Hudson, because of their importance for improving habitat for American eel and river herring.

Examples of projects which improve aquatic connectivity are:

  • Removal of dams
  • Replacement of culverts to reestablish natural stream-bottom conditions
  • Engineering and planning projects for removal of dams affecting eel or herring migration
  • Reconnaissance for feasibility of dam removal

DEC has identified many aquatic barriers throughout the grant boundary. For the most up-to-date information about known aquatic barriers, please visit Cornell Water Resources Institute Aquatic Connectivity and Barrier Removal webpage (leaves DEC website).

How do I apply?

To apply for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency funding, please visit the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for Hudson River Estuary, Tributary Restoration and Resiliency (Round 31). All grant applications must be completed online in the Grants Gateway. Applications must be received in the Grants Gateway by 3 p.m. on February 5, 2020.

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 are required to "prequalify" in the Grants Gateway system. Registration and prequalification information and forms are available online at the New York Grants Management website.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants include Governmental Entities, Municipalities, and Quasi-Governmental Entities, including but not limited to Counties, Cities, Towns, Villages, or Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof, Public Benefit Corporations, Public Authorities, Municipal Corporations, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, School Districts, and Community Colleges, and not-for-profit corporations with a 501(c)(3) designation.

Estuary Watershed Boundaries

Projects eligible for funding must be located within the Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF). To find out if a potential project is located within these boundaries, please type the location of the project into this Hudson River Estuary Grant Program boundaries Google Earth map.

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 NYS Grants Management (leaves DEC website).

General Questions

General questions about the Estuary Grants application content should be directed to:

Susan Pepe
Estuary Grants Manager
NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3506

Grants Program Reporting

Reporting is required on a quarterly basis for all Hudson River Estuary Program grants. Quarters are based on the New York State fiscal year, deadlines as follows: July 30 (for April 1 - June 30); October 30 (for July 1 - September 30); January 30 (for October 1 - December 31); April 30 (for January 1 - March 31). Quarterly reports consist of a technical narrative (progress report), and an invoice (financial report). Reports must be submitted electronically to Susan Pepe ( Guidelines and associated forms are as follows:

Grant Reporting Categories Grant Reporting Forms
Quarterly Progress Report
  • Progress Report Form
  • Include any addendums/attachments that may be necessary (e.g. draft deliverables, meeting agendas or minutes, etc.)
Quarterly Financial Report (see Financial Report Guidelines, PDF)
Additional Financial Report Templates (use as needed, depending on the project)
Final Report (see Final Report Guidelines, PDF)

Grants Program History

Grants for Local Partners

Since 1999, DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program has offered grants to municipalities and non-profits located within its Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF). 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.

two young women in a kayak with an assist from a worker 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