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Grants Program and Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary

Grants Program Reporting documents now online

DEC 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).

Local Stewardship Planning RFA

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.

Eligible Projects

Five people gather around a map of Kingston and highlight areas vulnerable to flooding
Members of a Kingston flooding task force highlight
areas in town that are vulnerable to sea-level rise.

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. Adapt land uses and decision-making to factor in climate change, flooding, heat, drought, and sea-level rise projections in Hudson River shoreline communities.
  2. Improve water infrastructure to make it more resilient to flooding and/or sea-level rise.
  3. Create a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, open space plan, open space funding feasibility study, conservation overlay zone, or connectivity plan.
  4. Develop a watershed and/or source water management plan.

To view the "Local Stewardship Planning" RFA with eligibility requirements, application, and instructions, please visit NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and search for Hudson River Estuary or 'Local Stewardship Planning' (Round 28).

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). 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 Management system (leaves DEC's website) to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity.
Not-For-Profit applicants must prequalify in the Grants Management 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 Management (leaves DEC website).

Local Stewardship Application Deadline

All applications for "Local Stewardship Planning" must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM on July 10, 2019, including uploading required program documents and forms. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least two business days in advance of the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for review. Applicants may submit up to three applications. However, the applications may not be for the same project or project location.
Questions about this grant opportunity will be accepted until close-of-business July 3, 2019. All questions, and answers, will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway application for all applicants to view. Questions should be directed to Susan Pepe at Include 2019 Stewardship RFA in the subject line of the email.

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