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Watershed Education Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Watershed Outreach Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

02/07/20 Noon


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and libraries for educational activities that promote awareness of water resources. Funding is intended for programs and projects that increase knowledge of the water supply system in New York City, as well as the Catskill-Delaware Watershed (also known as West-of-Hudson Watershed, or “WOH), including its environmental and human dimensions. The following topics MUST be integral parts of the proposal: fresh water; NYC Water Supply System; and the WOH.

This program supports Watershed Education projects for:

  1. Pre-K through 12th grade students and their teachers in the WOH, which includes portions of Delaware, Greene, Ulster, Schoharie and Sullivan Counties), and in the five boroughs of New York City. 
  2. Public audiences (adult or mixed age), including college-age students, in the WOH Watershed.

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

Preference will be given to projects that: 

  • Promote educational partnerships and/or encourage upstate-downstate collaboration and communication
  • Promote environmental stewardship or sustainability in the face of a changing climate
  • Offer environmental career exploration or training
  • Have a community service component
  • Are proposed by educators who have participated in professional development activities related to Watershed or environmental education
  • Explore the causes and impacts of flooding or climate change on WOH Watershed streams, forests and communities,
  • Inform audiences about the continuing development, operation, and maintenance of NYC water/wastewater infrastructure
  • Include matching funds or in-kind contributions
  • Different from any prior submissions

Proposals must demonstrate how the program or project will be integrated into the existing curriculum. Grants for Student/Teacher Grant proposals should 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, 2020 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.

NOTE: 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 7, 2020, 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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Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to
Samantha Costa, CWC Education Coordinator

Phone: 845-586-1400, ext. 320

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Geographic Focus:

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

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