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Mohawk River Watershed Grants

Funding Opportunities through the Mohawk River Basin Program

DEC provides funding through the Mohawk River Basin Program to implement priorities outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda aimed at conserving, preserving and restoring the environmental quality of the Mohawk River watershed while managing the resources of the watershed for a sustainable future. Since 2012 over $400,000 has been awarded for projects that helped fulfill the goals and objectives of the Action Agenda within the geographic boundaries of the Mohawk River Watershed. The funding for this program is from New York State's Environmental Protection Fund.

Requests for Proposals

Applications are being accepted until 3:00 p.m. on January 21, 2020 for the 2019 Mohawk River Watershed Grants opportunity. Read the Request for Applications (PDF) for more information.

DEC is pleased to announce $500,000 in funding available for projects that implement priorities of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. Funding is available for projects that implement one of the following project types:

  • Project Type 1: Flood hazard risk reduction and enhanced flood resiliency
  • Project Type 2: Environmental Education, Stewardship and Community Engagement
  • Project Type 3: Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management

Eligible Applicants

For the purposes of this grant opportunity, the following entities are considered eligible applicants:

  1. New York municipalities and quasi-governmental entities including: counties, cities, towns, villages, public benefit corporations, public authorities, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts, community colleges, and Indian nations or tribes 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.
  2. Not-For-Profit Corporations (NFPs): an organization that is subject to New York State's NFP Corporation Law and is qualified for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code. An eligible applicant must be a community-based NFP corporation, or a community-based organization may partner with an NFP that will serve as their fiscal sponsor. Eligible NFPs must complete an applicant prequalification process in Grants Gateway. For more information on NFP pre-qualification visit Grants Gateway's Grantee documents (leaves DEC website).

How to Apply

All New York State grant applicants, both governmental and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity. All applications must be filed through Grants Gateway; paper applications are not accepted. Visit the Grants Gateway login page (leaves DEC website) to create a new account or update an existing account. 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 website).