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Hudson River Estuary Program - 2020 Grants for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies for Natural
Resource Conservation in the Hudson River Watershed

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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02/05/20 3:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $10,500 to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, municipalities, tribes, special districts, school districts, and community colleges to conserve natural resources in the Hudson River Watershed. Applicants should be advised that required registrations and prequalifications may take at least five days to complete prior to the application deadline. Funding is intended to support projects that restore and conserve habitats, increase flood resiliency, and benefit water quality of free-flowing waters along the Hudson River Estuary.

This Hudson River Estuary Program RFA for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency seeks to achieve one or more of the following objectives of the 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.

In addition, this RFA 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. 

Primary priority will be given to dam removal projects that are in close proximity to the Hudson, because of their importance for improving habitat for American eel and river herring.

Examples of projects which improve aquatic connectivity are:

  • Removal of dams
  • Replacement of culverts to reestablish natural stream-bottom conditions
  • Engineering and planning projects for removal of dams affecting eel or herring migration
  • Reconnaissance for the feasibility of dam removal

Estuary Watershed Boundaries: Projects eligible for funding must be located within the Estuary Watershed Boundaries. To find out if a potential project is located within these boundaries, type the location of the project into this Hudson River Estuary Grant Program boundaries Google Earth map:

Eligible Expenditures:

For a detailed explanation of the Minimum Eligibility (Pass/Fail Criteria), see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157086

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $10,500. The maximum grant amount is $986,000.

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 three-year contract period/term of August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2023.

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.

Ineligible Expenditures:

Pre-Application Information:

Timetable of Key Events:
-Application Period Begins: November 8, 2019
-Question & Answer Period Ends: January 29, 2020
-Applications Due: February 5, 2020; 3:00 p.m. ET
-Award(s) Announced By (anticipated): Approximately June 2020

All New York State (NYS) grant applicants - both governmental and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations - must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity. Not-For-Profit applicants are required to "prequalify" in the Grants Gateway system.

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.

Step-by-step tutorials and guides to registration and prequalification are available at NYS Grants Management:

Approximately $986,000 is available under this grant opportunity as follows:
- NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program – approximately $500,000
- NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Ocean Great Lakes Program – approximately $486,000

The DEC may partially fund an application (for example by funding one phase of a two-phase project, or one barrier of a multi-barrier project) to the extent that the partially-funded portion of the application meets 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 10% in match funds based on the amount of grant funds. For more details, see

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.

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 NYS Grants Gateway and search for Hudson River Estuary, Tributary Restoration and Resiliency (Round 31):

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

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