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Grants Program and Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary

Local Stewardship Planning, River Education, and River Access Grants Available Now: Deadline June 2, 2021, at 3 p.m.

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).

Three Requests for Applications (RFAs) Now Available

$750,000 in new competitive grant funding is now available through three separate Requests for Applications (RFAs): Local Stewardship Planning; River Access; and River Education. The deadline for all applications is June 2, 2021, at 3 p.m. The RFA applications are only available online through the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC's website). The Grants Gateway is a web-based grant management system that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York.

Local Stewardship Planning

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Approximately $350,000 is available for Local Stewardship Planning. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000. This funding will help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

Eligible Projects

This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities advance four categories of projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies, and/or design:

  1. Hudson River shoreline communities to adapt land uses and decision-making to factor in climate change, flooding, heat, drought, and sea-level rise projections;
  2. Making water infrastructure more resilient to flooding and/or sea-level rise;
  3. Watershed and source water management planning.
  4. Conservation of natural resources by creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, open space plan, conservation overlay zone, open space funding feasibility study, or connectivity plan.
Local Stewardship Planning Application and Deadline

To apply to the Local Stewardship Planning RFA (includes eligibility requirements, project descriptions, prequalification information, and application instructions), please visit NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for Hudson River Estuary or Local Stewardship Planning (Round 32). All applications for Estuary Education grants must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on June 2, 2021, including uploading required program documents and forms.

River Education

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Approximately $200,000 is available to support projects to enhance education about the estuary along the tidal waters of the Hudson and make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible. The funding may be used to design, equip and/or construct educational facilities (including signage, exhibits, and river-focused art installations), support development of plans or curriculum, purchase of equipment, and/or development of web sites or mobile phone apps. The minimum grant award is $10,500, and the maximum grant amount is $40,000.

River Education Application and Deadline

To apply to the River Education RFA (includes complete eligibility requirements, project descriptions, prequalification information, and the application instructions) please visit NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for Hudson River Estuary or River Education (Round 33). All applications for Estuary Education grants must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on June 2, 2021, including uploading required program documents and forms.

River Access

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Approximately $200,000 is available in the RFA for River Access for projects along the shoreline of the Hudson estuary, including the tidal portion of its tributaries, that provide new or improved accessibility at new or existing access sites for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-dependent recreation. The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum grant amount is $50,000. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

River Access Application and Deadline

To apply to the River Access RFA (includes complete eligibility requirements, project descriptions, prequalification information, and application instructions) visit the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website). Search for Hudson River Estuary, River Access (Round 34). All applications for River Access grants must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on June 2, 2021, including uploading required program documents and forms.

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 grantsgateway@its.ny.gov. 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
HREPGrants@dec.ny.gov

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 (susan.pepe@dec.ny.gov). 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)
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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