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Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program

Grants to New York Municipalities, Nonprofits,
and IHEs to Mitigate Aquatic Species Pests

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Deadline Date:

01/29/16 2:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $25,000 to New York municipalities, IHEs, nonprofits, and groups applying through municipalities to address the issue of invasive small-bodied aquatic species in sites that are entirely located within the State. January 22 is the deadline for questions. Priority will be given to projects located on or in closer proximity to water with 50% or more publicly owned shoreline.

Priority will also be given to projects that are regional, involve multiple partners, and focus on stewards delivering on-site education, outreach and voluntary/courtesy inspections of boats and equipment.

High priority actions include:

• Preventing the introduction and spread of high priority AIS
• Protecting native aquatic species and their habitats
• Protect water-based recreational resources and economy
• Educating recreational watercraft operators on steps they need to take to prevent the spread of AIS
• Watercraft operators taking responsible steps to help stop the spread of AIS through their activities
• Protect New York’s citizens’ investment in publicly-owned waters
• Training stewards and steward trainers

Minimum Project Eligibility

Projects must implement one of the following three eligible project types:

1. Boat Steward Voluntary Boat Inspections and Outreach. Applicants may apply for projects to deploy watershed stewards to conduct courtesy boat inspections and deliver education and outreach to recreational boaters.

2. Boat Decontamination Stations to augment existing steward programs for education and outreach and voluntary boat inspections. Applicants that are currently operating an established voluntary boat inspection and outreach program using stewards may apply for funding to establish boat decontamination stations.

3. Steward Training Programs. Applicants may apply to fund steward training programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166442

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$25,000 - $100,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables that can be completed within a 3-year contract term.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Local Governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Public authority
- Public benefit corporation
- Groups such as unincorporated lake associations must apply through a municipality or a not-for-profit.

Pre-Application Information:

Questions regarding this grant opportunity will be accepted by the Department until Close of Business January 22, 2016. All questions and answers can be viewed on the DEC’s website here:

Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 proposals for completely independent projects. Applications may not be for the same project or project location.

A twenty-five percent (25%) match will be required.

Examples of Small-bodied Aquatic Invasive Species:

- Spiny water flea (Bythotrephes cederstroemi, B. longimanus)
- Fishhook water flea (Cercopagis pengoi)
- Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha)
- Quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis)
- Bloody red shrimp (Hemimysis anomala)

Eligible applicants must register in the Consolidated Funding Application in order to develop and submit an online CFA application. Nonprofits must have a valid Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN) and a New York State Vendor Identification Number in order to complete their registration, which will be submitted in the “Not-For-Profits” section of the CFA.

Applicants can apply online through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA):

Contact Information:

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

Nicholas Perry
Phone: 518-402-9526
E-mail: (Subject: AIS Grant)

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