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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Schools in Eligible Locations for Environmental Projects

New York’s Great Lakes Basin - Small Grants Program


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Funding Source
New York Sea Grant (NYSG)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Great Lakes Basin

Important Dates
Conference Date: 02/15/23
Deadline: 03/01/23 4:30 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, public and governmental agencies, and educational institutions in eligible locations for environmental projects. Funding is intended to support projects that benefit the economy and environment of the region by demonstrating the application of ecosystem-based management to local watershed challenges in the Great Lakes Basin.

NYSG is soliciting proposals for projects that implement both the goals of the GLAA, as well as actions specifically identified in locally supported community plans pertaining to water quality, natural resources, or sustainable land uses (i.e., Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency Regional Plans, Comprehensive Plans, Harbor Management Plans, Hazard Mitigation Plans, Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan's, Natural Resource Management Plans, Resilient NY flood mitigation studies, Watershed Management Plans, etc.). The proposed project needs to come directly from a plan as originally proposed and be clearly identified in the proposal by plan name, and where the specific activity is identified. Additionally, eligible proposals must identify at least one or more goals and actions from the GLAA that your proposed activity will be focused on. As applicable, projects should prioritize the implementation of natural and nature-based activities to maximize ecosystem and public benefits, consistent with the NYS Community Risk and Resiliency Act’s Using Natural Measures to Reduce the Risk of Flooding and Erosion guidance document.

Proposals should also demonstrate how an EBM approach will be applied to achieve ecological, social/community, and economic benefits.

Project examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Floodplain restoration project to benefit aquatic habitat, water quality and reduce flood risk
  • EBM-based shoreline study that recommends nature-based approaches for shoreline management and coastal process restoration
  • Climate-smart comprehensive plan that supports community revitalization goals, open space preservation and water-dependent recreational assets
  • Reviews and/or updates to municipal codes or policies that integrate resilience measures into local law


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Proposals will be accepted from the following entities located in New York’s Great Lakes Basin:
- Not-for-profit organizations;
- County and local government (e.g., County Departments, cities, towns, villages, etc.),
- Public agencies, such as regional planning entities, environmental commissions and soil and water conservation districts; and,
- Educational institutions, including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, Colleges, and Universities.

Civil works, property acquisition, and infrastructure projects will not be considered for this funding. Applicants seeking support solely for continued operation or maintenance of an existing project or program will not be prioritized.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A four-part webinar series will be held during the open application period, occurring each Wednesday at 11:30am-12:30pm, beginning on January 25, 2023, through February 15, 2023. The first webinar will provide information about the application process while subsequent webinars will provide an opportunity to learn about previously funded projects through presentations from project leaders.

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Pre-Application Information
- RFP announced – January 4, 2023
- Webinar series – Wednesdays at 11:30am, January 25-February 15, 2023
- Proposal submission deadline – March 1, 2023, by 4:30 PM EST
- Award notification – April 1, 2023
- Project term dates – May 1, 2023 – October 31, 2024
- Projects must be completed – October 31, 2024

Applications must be submitted electronically through New York Sea Grant’s electronic submission website, which will not accept proposals submitted after 4:30 pm EST.

Match is not required.

Funding Guidelines: Applicants selected for an award will receive a subaward from Cornell University under Prime Award #CM04068 Project MOU OSP91507. The subaward must be fully executed before invoicing can commence. Funds are available for specific costs associated with project implementation and for general overhead expenses as outlined in section 6 Budget Justification. The selected projects will require invoicing for reimbursement, including a copy of all receipts. If you are selected for funding, in addition to electronic copies of any products produced, you will be required to send progress status reports and invoices at the end of each calendar quarter, and a final report along with an evaluation of your project, electronically, to the New York Sea Grant office.

Small Grants Program Overview:

Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants
Approximately 9

Estimated Size of Grant
Budget requests cannot exceed $50,000 total costs.

Term of Contract
Projects must be completed by October 31, 2024.

Contact Information
To apply online:

For more information, contact:
Megan Kocher, New York Sea Grant,, (716) 645-3611

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