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Grants Program and Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary

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) in partnership with NEIWPCC.

Two Requests for Proposals Now Available

Approximately $225,000 in funding is now available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed increase flood resiliency, conserve natural resources, and improve water quality. The funding is provided by NEIWPCC in partnership with DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program through the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). There are two Requests for Proposals (RFPs): Restoration of Watershed Connectivity and Climate-Adaptive Design Phase II, described below.

Restoration of Watershed Connectivity and Improved Road Infrastructure

NEIWPCC (leaves DEC website), in partnership with the Hudson River Estuary Program, is inviting proposals for projects to help municipalities document constrictions that cause flooding at culverts and bridges and are barriers to fish movement in Hudson tributary streams. The purpose of the grant is to develop municipal management plans and designs to improve inadequate road-stream crossings through a regional approach that restores aquatic connectivity and reduces flood hazards in multiple municipalities. Approximately $100,000 in funding is available.

There will be an informational conference call via WebEx for interested applicants on June 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. The deadline for proposals is July 30, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. The RFP and application instructions are available on the Contractor Opportunities page of NEIWPCC's website (leaves DEC website).

Eligibility and RFP Application Process

For-profit organizations, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and municipalities are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP. If an applicant is not a municipality, a letter of support from the impacted municipality(ies) within the study area is highly recommended. All proposals must be submitted to NEIWPCC. Projects must be within the Hudson River Estuary watershed, from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Verazzano Narrows. See Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF).

Climate-Adaptive Design PHASE II

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NEIWPCC (leaves DEC website), in partnership with the Hudson River Estuary Program, is inviting proposals for projects to design a project to reduce shoreline or stormwater risk in one or more of the communities of the Village of Catskill, City of Hudson, City of Kingston, or Village and Town of Ossining, New York. Each of these communities participated in the Climate-adaptive Design studio, a program which links Cornell University graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture with flood-risk Hudson Riverfront communities to explore nature-based design alternatives for climate resilient and connected waterfront areas. Approximately $125,000 in funding is available.

Eligible projects must reduce risks from shoreline or stormwater flooding and erosion while enhancing habitat value, which may include options for strategic relocation, resilient waterfront structures and infrastructure, natural and nature-based shoreline design, and stormwater green infrastructure. To learn more about and view CaD Phase II completed projects visit Cornell's website (leaves DEC website).

Note: Locations that received Climate-adaptive Design Phase II funding in 2019 are not eligible for this RFP and include Kingston Point in Kingston, NY and the Village of Piermont, NY.

There will be an informational conference call via WebEx for interested applicants on June 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. The deadline for proposals is July 23, 2021 at 12 noon. The RFP and application instructions are available on the Contractor Opportunities page on NEIWPCC's website (leaves DEC website).

Eligibility and RFP Application Process

Eligible applicants are engineering, landscape architecture or other relevant consulting firms. The applicant must demonstrate clear support from the municipality (Village of Catskill, City of Hudson, City of Kingston) and the property owner (public or private) for the application. Non-profit organizations may also be project partners. To be eligible for this RFP, the project site(s) must be within a previous Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio study area in the Village of Catskill, City of Hudson, City of Kingston, or Village and Town of Ossining, New York.

To download the RFP and to apply, go to the Contractor Opportunities page on NEIWPCC's website. General questions about the application process may be directed to Peter Zaykoski, NEIWPCC, 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410, Lowell, MA 01854; 978-349-2526; pzaykoski@neiwpcc.org.

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.

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)
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

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.

Past Recipients and Their Projects

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