Grants to New York cities, towns, villages, and counties for revitalization projects along coastal areas and designated water inlets. Funding is intended to support the preparation or implementation of waterfront and community revitalization projects through the following categories:
- Preparing or Updating a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)
- Preparing an LWRP Component, including a Watershed Management Plan
- Updating an LWRP to Mitigate Future Physical Climate Risks
- Implementing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program or a completed LWRP Component
The Department is making approximately $15 million available to fund applications for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grants, with up to $2 million of this for updates to existing LWRPs to mitigate future physical climate risks. Approximately $9 million of this will be awarded for projects which are in, or primarily serve, areas where demographic and other relevant data demonstrate that the areas are:
- Densely-populated and have sustained physical deterioration, decay, neglect, or disinvestment; or
- Where a substantial proportion of the residential population is of low income, or is otherwise disadvantaged and is underserved with respect to the existing recreational opportunities
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are villages, towns, cities, and counties (with the consent and acting on behalf of one or more eligible villages, towns, or cities) which are located along New York’s coasts or inland waterways as designated pursuant to Executive Law, Article 42.
Applicants may also partner with counties or other organizations; however, only applications from eligible applicants will be evaluated for funding. If successful, all applicable procurement requirements must be met for such partnerships. Applications submitted by not-for-profit organizations (including, but not limited to, community-based organizations and neighborhood groups) and for-profit organizations are ineligible and will not be scored.
Eligible applicants working in partnership with counties or neighboring municipalities to address regional land use, waterfront revitalization, community development, and resource and/or environmental issues or opportunities are encouraged to apply. Only the municipality identified as the applicant (one village, town, or city, or a county with the consent and acting on behalf of one or more eligible villages, towns, cities) will be awarded a contract. For applications submitted by a county, with the consent and acting on behalf of one or more villages, towns, or cities, the county is required to attach either a letter or resolution from each eligible municipality participating in the project which demonstrates their consent and support for the application.
- For general planning needed to advance any of the eligible activities listed below in Section V, an applicant must be a village, town, city, or county with the consent and acting on behalf of one or more eligible villages, towns or cities located along New York’s coast or a designated inland waterway.
- For project-specific planning, feasibility, design, and/or marketing needed to advance eligible activities, an applicant must be a village, town, city, or county with the consent and acting on behalf of one or more eligible villages, towns or cities currently preparing an LWRP or LWRP Component or with an approved LWRP or LWRP Component. The proposed project must be located within the LWRP or LWRP Component boundary.
- For construction of projects needed to advance eligible activities, an applicant must be a village, town, city with an approved or substantially completed LWRP or relevant LWRP Component, or a county with the consent and acting on behalf of one or more eligible villages, towns, or cities with an approved or substantially completed LWRP or relevant LWRP Component. The proposed project must be located within the LWRP or LWRP Component boundary.
Applicants that have been awarded Department grants in the past should have demonstrated responsible contracting with the Department to be eligible for an award from this procurement.
Pre-application workshops will be held at several locations around the State. All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related questions are encouraged to attend.
- Release Date: May 1, 2019
- Questions Due: May 31 and June 28, 2019
- Updates and Questions Posted: June 14, and July 12, 2019
- Funding Proposal Due Date: July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM
The EPF LWRP is a reimbursement program.
State assistance awarded and paid shall not exceed 75% of the total eligible project costs set forth in the application and as approved by the Department, except where the proposed project is located in an environmental justice community, in which case state assistance awarded and paid shall not exceed 85% of the total eligible project costs set forth in the application and as approved by the Department. Applicants must identify the amount, type and source of eligible local match, and demonstrate that it has been secured; failure to do so will result in a reduced award amount for qualifying applications.
Grant applicants are encouraged to register through the New York State Grants Gateway.
Additional Funding Information
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum State assistance request per grant application is $2 million. There is no minimum State assistance request amount.
Term of Contract
A contract period will not exceed five years.
The earliest start date of contracts is April 1, 2019. Upon request by the grant recipient, with a showing of good cause, the contract start date may be set to a date in the future not to exceed 12 months beyond the contract execution date.