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2019 Hudson River Estuary Grants for Local Stewardship Planning

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies for
Environmental Sustainability in the Hudson River Estuary

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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07/10/19 3:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $10,500 to $50,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, school districts, colleges, conservation districts, and government agencies to promote community resilience and environmental sustainability in the Hudson River Estuary. Applicants must complete the required registrations and prequalifications prior to applying. Funding is intended to help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources.

Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda:
-Clean water;
-Resilient communities;
-A vital estuary ecosystem;
-Estuary fish, wildlife and their habitats;
-Natural scenery; and
-Access for education, recreation and inspiration.

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

Local organizations and communities may apply to advance four categories of projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies, and/or design:
1. Planning for Hudson River shoreline communities to adapt land uses and decision-making to factor in adaptation to climate change, flooding, heat, drought, and sea-level rise projections
2. Planning 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. Watershed and source watershed management planning

For additional information about project types, see page 10 in the Guidelines in Attached Files.

The word “plan,” as used to describe a deliverable, is deemed to include the following plans and planning processes:
- Plans
- Feasibility studies
- Assessments
- Inventories
- Designs and related permitting activities
- Development of regionally-applicable guidance documents, handbooks or fact sheets that help people adopt conservation best management practices.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157084

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $10,500. The maximum grant 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.

Applicants MUST provide a timeline for meeting project objectives and identified tasks between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2021.

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-ForProfit 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.

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. The fiscal sponsor accepts responsibility of the grant, and serves as a fiscal conduit for a DEC-funded project, receiving and disbursing funds related to the grant, and administering the requirements throughout the DEC grant process, including final reporting of grant activity.

For Multi-Partner and Inter-Municipal Projects: If a proposed project involves a cooperative agreement or partners, only one eligible, designated lead applicant must submit the application for grant funding. The lead applicant must assume the responsibility for the project application, performance of work consistent with this RFA, and the State of New York Master Contract for Grants (MCG). Letters substantiating the collaboration from each partner are required.

Ineligible Project Expenditures:
-Indirect costs: Overhead or operating expenses (space, rent, utilities, etc.).
-Travel: Out-of-state travel costs, and any travel not directly required to implement the project.
-Administrative salaries: Administrative salaries are NOT eligible for grant reimbursement, but may be used as match funds.
-State and/or federal funding: project costs funded from other state and/or federal funding sources are not eligible for grant reimbursement.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Grants Reform Team offers regular live webinars for anyone who is interested in additional information about Grants Gateway, the Prequalification process, or submitting online applications.

Learn more including times and dates for these webinars:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted in the NYS Grants Gateway by 3:00 P.M., July 10, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions will be accepted by the Department until close of business July 3, 2019. All questions and answers will be posted continuously in the Grants Gateway.

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.

The State reserves 5 days to review submitted pre qualification applications. Prequalification applications submitted to the State for review less than 5 days prior to the deadline for the application may not be considered. Applications should not assume that their pre qualification information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.

Timeline of Key Events:
- Application Period Begins: May 1, 2019
- Question & Answer Period Ends: July 3, 2019
- Applications Due: July 10, 2019; 3:00 p.m. EST
- Award(s) Announced By (anticipated): Approximately October 2019

For this grant opportunity, applicants must match at least 15% of the grant funding amount. Match is the portion of project expenditures not paid for with grant funds. Match can be from local and/or in-kind contributions. Local sources can include funding from other non-state and/or non-federal grant sources or from project partners. In-Kind contributions are non-cash donations provided by non-state and/or non-federal third parties, which can include equipment, supplies, services, and other expendable property. Matching share contributions must support the objectives outlined in the work plan.

Eligible sources of match funds cannot come from other New York State or federal funding sources. Applicants will be required to provide the sources of all matching funds using the Match Worksheet in the Grants Gateway.

Advance payments of up to 25% of the awarded grant amount may be available to not-for-profit grantees once a Master Contract for Grants (MCG) has been fully approved by all applicable State agencies. Only not-for-profits are eligible to receive advance payments under State Finance Law.

Project costs eligible for reimbursement and project match must be incurred between the MCG term start and end dates. Costs incurred prior to the MCG term start date or after the MCG term end date will not be considered eligible for grant reimbursement or match. Copies of supporting cost documentation (paid invoices, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.) must be audited and approved by the DEC for costs to be eligible for grant reimbursement.

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). Additional grants for qualifying projects will be awarded to an entity already receiving a grant award in this grant round, starting with the next highest scoring application

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

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Questions about the Estuary Grants Program should be directed to the contact below:

Susan Pepe, 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 the Grants Gateway Team at:
(518) 474-5595.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Projects must be located within the Hudson River Estuary Boundaries. To find out if your project is located within these boundaries, please type the location of the project into this Hudson River Estuary Grant Program boundaries Google Earth map:

Funding or Pin Number:

Grant Opportunity ID: DEC01-HRER28-2019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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