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Citizen Science Monitoring for Pathogen Indicators in the NY-NJ Harbor

Grants to New York and New Jersey Nonprofits
for Volunteer Water Quality Data Collection Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hudson River Foundation, in collaboration with Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Deadline Date:

01/18/16 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of approximately $20,000 to New York and New Jersey nonprofit community and environmental organizations for citizen-driven science projects that monitor pathogen indicators in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary. Questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by December 11.

This project builds on the framework of the 2014 Citizen Science Monitoring for Pathogen Indicators in NY-NJ Harbor Tributaries while shifting focus to public access locations in the more open waters of the Harbor. It provides an opportunity for community groups to collaborate with HEP, IEC and USEPA to gather water quality data in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, with a focus on pathogen indicators.

These data will be publicly available, enabling communities to gain knowledge about the health of their local waters. At the same time, HEP, USEPA, and the state environmental departments will obtain valuable datasets that may indicate areas needing following-up monitoring and further attention, among other potential uses.

The skills gained by the community groups carrying out the monitoring will empower them to pursue a variety of citizen science projects producing useful and valid environmental data. It is hoped that this project will help paint a more complete picture of recreational water quality in the Harbor.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166498

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Two. HEP expects to fund one project in each state.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project period is March 15, 2016 - November 30, 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Environmental or community organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible.

Local governments, schools, or environmental and/or community organizations without 501(c)(3) status may apply, but they must partner with another organization with 501(c)(3) status that can serve as a fiscal agent.

To be eligible for this RFP, the project must be conducted at public access locations in saline and tidally influenced waters in a limited region of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary within reasonable travel distance of the IEC’s lab on Staten Island. For a map and more information on eligible sampling areas, see Appendix A in the guidelines.

Pre-Application Information:

You may submit any questions about the RFP via e-mail. Please send the questions to by December 11, 2015. Questions will be answered via email to all potential applicants and will be posted on by December 18, 2015.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 18, 2016 via email.

Contact Information:

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

Ms. Ariane Giudicelli

Hudson River Foundation
17 Battery Place, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey;   New York City;   New York

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