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Hudson River Estuary Program and Division of Marine Resources - Round 35 - 2022 Grants for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Deadline Date:

05/04/22 3:00 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, municipalities, tribes, special districts, school districts, and community colleges to conserve natural resources in eligible regions. Applicants should be advised that required registrations and prequalifications may take at least five days to complete. Funding is intended to support the restoration of free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, conserve and restore habitat, and help communities with existing and projected impacts of localized flooding. The Hudson River Estuary Program and Division of Marine Resources are collaborating in this Request for Applications (RFA). Eligible project types are for planning only.

This Hudson River Estuary Program and Division of Marine Resources RFA for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency seeks to achieve one or more of the following objectives of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda and the New York State Ocean Action Plan.

Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda: 

  • Conserve and restore habitat for migratory fish in tributary streams of the Estuary;
  • Support the restoration of free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, stream habitat and aquatic connectivity in tributary streams of the Estuary;
  • Help communities with existing and projected impacts of localized flooding along tributary streams of the Estuary; and
  • Conserve for future generations the rich diversity of plants, animals and habitats of the Hudson River estuary ecosystem.

Division of Marine Resources’ Mission Statement:

  • Managing, restoring and enhancing indigenous marine, estuarine and anadromous resources and their habitats. 

New York State Ocean Action Plan:

  • Protect and restore sensitive inshore, offshore and estuarine habitats;
  • Improve the management of ecologically and economically important species; and
  • Evaluate, prioritize and remove or modify known impediments to diadromous fish passage. 

This RFA also addresses state priorities for protection of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and for mitigation of damages to natural resources. The priority SGCN under this RFA are river herring and American eel. However, other SGCN species include those that may benefit from tributary restoration projects such as brook trout, wood turtle, northern red salamander, longtail salamander, alewife floater, eastern pearlshell and yellow lampmussel.

For a detailed explanation of the Minimum Eligibility (Pass/Fail Criteria), see page 11 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

A list of eligible project expenditures can be found on page 24 of the RFA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157086

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $10,500. The maximum grant amount is $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Contract Term (anticipated): October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2024

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 an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter 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.

Construction/Deconstruction is not an eligible project type under this RFA.

For Ineligible Project Expenditures, see page 24 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received in the Grants Gateway by 3 p.m. on May 4, 2022.

Timetable of Key Events:
- Application Period Begins: March 4, 2022
- Question and Answer Period Ends: April 27, 2022
- Applications Due: May 4, 2022; 3:00 p.m. ET
- Award(s) Announced By (anticipated): Approximately August 2022

Nonprofits are required to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for applications to be evaluated. All applicants must be prequalified in the Grants Gateway 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 application deadline may not be considered. Applicants should not assume that their Prequalification information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.

The DEC reserves the right to partially fund an application if the partially-funded portion can be demonstrated to meet the criteria for this RFA.

Applicants may submit up to five applications. Multiple applications may not be for the same project or project location.

Match Requirement and Expenditures: Applicants must provide at least 15% in match funds based on the amount of grant funds. For more details, see page 25 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

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.

For more information regarding prequalification visit the Grants Management website: https://grantsmanagement.ny.gov/

Contact Information:

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

To apply, visit the NYS Grants Gateway and search for Hudson River Estuary Round 35: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx

For general information on completing this application and for clarification of application requirements, contractual terms and procedures, contact:
Susan Pepe, Hudson River Estuary Program Grants Coordinator
HREPgrants@dec.ny.gov
Include 2022 Tributary RFA in the subject line of the email.

Questions about registration and prequalification through the Grants Gateway should be directed to grantsgateway@its.ny.gov. The Grants Gateway help desk can be reached at (518) 474-5595.

Grant Coverage Areas:

- Hudson River Estuary Program: Eligible projects for grant funding must be located within defined geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary watershed (see map in Appendix I of the RFA in Attached Files below).

- Division of Marine Resources' Priority Areas: Eligible projects for grant funding must be located within the defined geographic boundaries of the Division of Marine Resource priority areas, as mapped for this RFA (see map in Appendix I). The boundary for eligible projects includes the Long Island Sound watershed, the Peconic Estuary watershed, the South Shore Estuary Reserve watershed, and Jamaica Bay.

Funding or Pin Number:

Grant Opportunity ID: DEC01-HRE35-2022

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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