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Watershed Education Grant Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, Libraries, and
Museums to Promote Water Resource Protection and Stewardship

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) and NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Deadline Date:

02/05/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions in eligible locations for educational activities that foster greater awareness of the importance of protecting water resources. Eligible applicants are located in the West-of-Hudson (WOH) Watershed, which includes portions of Delaware, Greene, Ulster, Schoharie and Sullivan Counties, and in the five boroughs of New York City.

The purpose of the grant program is to support projects that emphasize the importance of the City’s water supply; the role of Watershed residents as stewards of that resource; the ecology of the WOH Watershed, the diversity of its aquatic and terrestrial life and habitat, and the unique cultural heritage of the Catskills. The importance and means of preserving water quality in the Watershed, the history of the development of the City’s vast water system, and the importance of enhancing communication and understanding among residents throughout the NYC Water Supply System are also emphasized.

The following topics must be integral parts of the proposal:

  1. Fresh water;
  2. NYC Water Supply System; and/or
  3. The West-of-Hudson Watershed

Proposals may focus on the critical role of nature and communities in protecting water quality in the watershed, the importance of water conservation, the history and contemporary use and operation of New York City’s vast water supply system, and/or the cultural and biological diversity of the city’s WOH Watershed.

This program supports Watershed Education projects for:

  1. Students/Teachers: Pre-K through 12th grade students and their teachers in the WOH Watershed and/or in the five boroughs of New York City.
  2. Public Audiences (Adult or mixed ages), including college-age students, in the WOH Watershed.

Preference will be given to projects that: 

  • Include matching funds or in-kind contributions
  • Promote upstate-downstate collaboration and communication
  • Engage West of Hudson audiences
  • Offer environmental career exploration and/or training
  • Have a community service component
  • Promotes environmental stewardship or sustainability
  • Address one or more of the following priority topics:
    • Role of communities in protecting water quality in the watershed
    • Importance of water conservation
    • Cultural and biological diversity of the WOH watershed
    • Impacts of climate change on the NYC Watershed and water supply system
    • History and contemporary use and operation of New York City’s vast water supply system
    • Water supply system upgrades and engineering innovation

Proposals must demonstrate how the project will be integrated into the existing curriculum. Student/Teacher Grant for projects shall supplement and expand upon existing school curricula and programs and must not merely replace or restore curricula or programs that have been the subject of reduced public funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165856

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants for Student/Teacher grant may request $750-$10,000
- Applicants for Public Audience grant may request up to $5,000

NYC schools receiving CWC funds for overnight visits to Frost Valley YMCA that include strong forestry themes and Model Forest tours may automatically receive additional funding from the Watershed Agricultural Council to help pay for travel costs.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects may not start before September 1, 2021 and are to be completed within 12 months of the contract execution date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are educational institutions (public or private), municipalities, or nonprofit organizations. Organizations must attach proof of non-profit status.

Proposals targeting audiences in the East-of-Hudson NYC Watershed, Nassau or Suffolk Counties, or in other areas outside the WOH Watershed or NYC, are not eligible for funding.

Education funds shall not be used to pay for capital costs of constructing stationary facilities or acquiring any interests in real property.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, February 5, 2021, by 4:00 PM.

Non-profit organizations may submit one application for a Student/Teacher Grant and one for Public Audiences. Multiple submissions for Student/Teacher Grants may be accepted from different teachers at individual schools. Teachers are encouraged to consider projects in collaboration with colleagues from their schools or with counterparts in other schools.

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

Round 24 Student/Teacher Application:

Round 24 Public Audience Application:

Samantha Costa, CWC Education Coordinator
845-586-1400, ext. 104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York: West-of-Hudson (WOH) Watershed

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