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2020 Hudson River Estuary Grants for Local Stewardship Planning

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, Districts, Colleges,
and Tribes for Environmental Sustainability Projects

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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06/02/21 3:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, agencies, districts, colleges, and tribes for environmental sustainability projects in eligible areas. Applicants must complete required registrations and prequalifications prior to applying. Eligible projects for grant funding must be located within defined geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary watershed.

This funding will help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This Hudson River Estuary Grant RFA for Local Stewardship Planning seeks to assist Hudson Valley municipalities and organizations build their capacity to implement the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda and provide the following benefits:

  • Clean water; 
  • Resilient communities; 
  • A vital estuary ecosystem;
  • Estuary fish, wildlife and their habitats;
  • Natural scenery; and
  • Access for education, recreation, and inspiration. 

Funding must be used to implement one of the following project types:

  1. Creating resilience plans and strategies for waterfront communities along the Hudson River estuary shoreline to adapt to climate change risks like flooding and sea-level rise and potential climate impacts on natural resources and the environment
  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

For more information on project types, see pp.10-13 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

For eligible project expenditures, see p.23 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 157084

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables accounted for in performance measures that can be completed and invoiced within a two-year contract period/term of December 1, 2021 through November 30, 2023. Time extensions beyond the contract term end date will be determined by the DEC based upon written justification from the Grantee.

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.

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.

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

For ineligible project expenditures, see pp.23-24 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Management hosts weekly webinars for organizations interested in familiarizing themselves with the Grants Gateway.

Register Your Organization Webinars: Every Thursday at 9:00 AM

Prequalification Webinars: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM

Grant Application Webinars: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM

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Pre-Application Information:

- Questions Due Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 until close of business
- All applications for Estuary Education grants must be submitted in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM ET on June 2, 2021. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to the application deadline.
- Anticipated Award Date: Monday, August 2, 2021

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. 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 may not be considered.

Applicants may submit up to three (3) applications.

For this grant opportunity, applicants must match at least 15% of the grant funding amount.

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Contact Information:

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

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General questions about the Estuary Grants application content should be directed to:
Susan Pepe, Estuary Grants Manager
NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3506

Questions about registration and prequalification through the Grants Gateway should be directed to or (518) 474-5595.

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

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USA: New York City;   New York: the Hudson River Estuary watershed

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