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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, Districts, Colleges, and Tribes for Environmental Conservation Projects in Eligible Locations

2023 Hudson River Estuary Grants for Local Stewardship Planning


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Funding Source
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Funding or PIN Number: DEC01-HRE40-2023
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York: The Hudson River Estuary watershed

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/12/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, conservation and school districts, colleges, and tribes for environmental conservation projects in eligible regions. Applicants must complete required registrations and prequalifications prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects to conserve, restore, and revitalize the local estuary and its ecosystem. Eligible projects must be located within defined geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary watershed.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased to announce funding for projects that will implement priorities of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda - to provide benefits of a vital estuary ecosystem: Clean water; resilient communities; the sustainability of Estuary fish, wildlife, and habitats; conservation of natural scenery; and enhanced access, river education, and recreational opportunities. 

This Hudson River Estuary Grant RFA for Local Stewardship Planning seeks to assist Hudson Valley municipalities and organizations build their capacity to implement the 2021-2025 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda and provide the following benefits:

  • A Vital River Ecosystem
    • Sustainable estuarine fisheries
    • Robust river habitats
    • Clean Hudson River water
  • A Thriving & Resilient Watershed
    • Healthy tributaries
    • Climate-adaptive communities
    • Conserved natural areas for wildlife, source water, climate resilience, and scenery
  • People Living Well With Nature
    • An informed and engaged public
  • An accessible Hudson River for people of all ages and abilities

The Estuary Program provides training and technical assistance to improve local stewardship, so the river and its ecosystem continue to provide these benefits. This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities build on that technical assistance to advance the following four types of local projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies and/or design.

  1. Creating climate vulnerability assessments, adaptation plans, and strategies for waterfront communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed to adapt to climate risks like flooding, sea-level rise, heat, and drought, including using natural and nature-based solutions and considering social equity.
  2. Engineering Plans/Designs to make water infrastructure more resilient to flooding and/or sea-level rise.
  3. Planning for conservation of natural resources by creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, open space plan, conservation overlay zone, open space funding feasibility study, or connectivity plan.
  4. Water Quality Monitoring, Watershed Characterization, and Water Quality Improvement Planning and Design, and Source Water Protection

For eligible project types, see p. 10 of the Guidelines and Instructions listed in Supporting Documents below.

For eligible project expenditures, see p. 26 of the above document.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
For the purposes of this grant program, the following entities are considered eligible applicants: Governmental Entities, Municipalities, and Quasi-Governmental Entities, including but not limited to Counties, Cities, Towns, Villages, or Indian nation or tribe 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, Public Benefit Corporations, Public Authorities, Municipal Corporations, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, School Districts, and Community Colleges, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations whose projects are located within the eligible geographic boundaries defined in this RFA.

For this grant opportunity, a “Not-For-Profit Corporation” (NFP) is subject to New York State’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law and is qualified for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, has filed a Certificate of Incorporation to be incorporated in New York State and is current in their charities reporting requirements with the Office of the Attorney General.

If a proposed project involves a cooperative agreement or partners, only one eligible, designated lead applicant must submit the application for grant funding.

Eligible projects for grant funding must be located within defined geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary watershed (see map in Appendix I). “Hudson River Estuary” refers to the legislatively designated Hudson River Estuarine District established in Environmental Conservation Law §11-0306, which extends from the Troy dam to the Verrazano Narrows and includes Upper New York Bay to Kill Van Kull and the East River to Hell Gate, focused on the tributaries that flow into any of these waters. The map of eligible boundaries may also be viewed at (or on p. 34 of the Guidelines and Instructions document listed in Supporting Documents below).

Additional Geographic Information:

Eligible projects for grant funding must be located within defined geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary watershed:

Individuals and unincorporated groups are not eligible for this grant opportunity. However, an eligible applicant may apply on behalf of an individual or unincorporated group as a fiscal sponsor.

For ineligible project expenditures, see p. 26 of the Guidelines and Instructions document listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Period Begins May 10, 2023
- Question & Answer Period Ends July 5, 2023 COB
- Applications Due July 12, 2023; 3:00 p.m. ET
- Award(s) Announced By (anticipated) Approximately December 2023

All questions, and answers, will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway application for all applicants to view.

All Applicants must be Registered with Grants Gateway to submit an application. In addition to registration, not-for-profits must also be Prequalified at the time and date that the application is due. If you are not Prequalified at that time and date, your application will not be considered.

Please do not delay in beginning and completing the prequalification process. The state reserves 5 days to review submitted Prequalification applications. Prequalification applications submitted to the state for review less than 5 days prior to the deadline for this application may not be considered. Applicants should not assume that their prequalification Information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.

For this grant opportunity, applicants must match at least 15% of the grant funding amount. Applicants
providing 30% match or more will receive additional points in the scoring.

Applicants may submit up to three (3) applications. Multiple applications may not be for the same
project or project location. Additionally, applicants who submit more than one grant application will only be eligible to receive one grant award in this grant round, unless additional funding remains after all qualifying grant awards are made (at one per grantee)

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum grant amount is $10,500. The maximum grant amount is $75,000.

Term of Contract
Anticipated Initial Contract Length 24 Months

All projects must be completed and invoiced within a two-year contract period/term of February 1,
2024 through January 31, 2026.

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted through the NYS Grants Gateway:

For inquiries and information, please contact:
Susan Pepe
Hudson River Estuary Program Grants Coordinator

For technical information regarding the Grants Gateway application, direct questions to: NYS Grants
Management, or (518) 474-5595.

(Include 2023 Round 40 Stewardship RFA in the subject line of the email.)

RFP & Supporting Documents
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