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New York’s Great Lakes Basin - Small Grants Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Public Agencies, and
Schools for Environmental Projects in Eligible Regions

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 4:30 PM ET


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Grants of up to $25,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions for environmental projects in eligible regions. Priority will be given to projects that involve youth and educate them about the environment. Eligible projects benefit the environment and economy of New York’s Great Lakes basin by demonstrating the application of ecosystem-based management (EBM) to local watershed challenges.

NYSG is soliciting proposals for projects that implement actions outlined in the goals of the Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). For this RFP, NYSG has chosen not to highlight a specific goal, but is focusing the request for projects on those that engage youth (under 21) in either formal or informal educational experiences. In order to be eligible, all applicants must address, and identify in your proposal, at least one goal from the GLAA that you will be focusing your project on.

  • NYSG encourages projects that include activities that will increase Great Lakes youth’s awareness and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues and provide them with the skills necessary to make informed decisions and to take responsible actions.
  • NYSG encourages the projects to teach individuals about how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills on environmental and conservation topics.
  • Projects can include outdoor and in-classroom education, hands-on training, in both formal and informal settings.
  • NYSG and NYSDEC are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and environmental justice by proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of NY’s Great Lakes communities.
  • NYSG encourages applications that benefit communities that are under-resourced and under-served.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146560

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from the following entities which are located in New York’s Great Lakes Basin:
- Not-for-profit organizations;
- Local governmental or public agencies, such as municipalities and regional planning or environmental commissions; and
- Educational institutions, including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, Colleges, and Universities.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Request for Proposals Closes at 4:30 PM Eastern Time on April 30, 2021

Proposals must be submitted through the portal before the deadline. The portal will not accept proposals submitted after 4:30 PM EST. Submissions via email or mail will not be accepted.

- RFP announced – March 22, 2021
- Proposal Submission Deadline – April 30, 2021
- Award Notification – June 7, 2021
- Project term dates – July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022
- Projects must be completed – December 31, 2022
- Final Reports due by – January 31, 2023


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


For more information, contact:
David White, Recreation and Tourism Specialist; Associate Director, Great Lakes Research Consortium (315) 312-3042

New York Sea Grant
125 Nassau Hall
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5001

Tel: (631) 632-6905
Fax: (631) 632-6917

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Great Lakes basin

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