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Grants to Chautauqua County, New York Nonprofits, Agencies,
Businesses, and Landowners for Environmental Projects

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Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development

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04/01/18 4:00 PM EST Electronic Submission


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Grants ranging from $500 to $40,000 to Chautauqua County, New York nonprofits, government agencies, public and private schools, businesses and corporations, and landowners for environmental stewardship projects that protect and enhance local lakes and waterways. Projects should address priority areas such as water quality, erosion and sedimentation control, recreation, education, and ecology.

Priority for funding will be given based on the following criteria:

- Water Quality Benefits: The water quality benefits derived from an individual project reflect the ability of the project to remove and capture pollutant loads from runoff prior to discharge into downstream waterbodies. Those projects that are specifically designed to provide a high level of treatment to currently untreated runoff from a large drainage basin or point source discharge would receive a high score.

- Erosion and Sedimentation Control Benefits: Projects that are designed to provide a long-term remedy for severe erosion problems along substantial lengths of channel or shoreline will receive priority.

- Recreational and Educational Benefits: This criterion ensures that waters most valued by the public or having the potential for public use receive consideration. Public support and awareness helps ensure funding and may indicate citizens’ willingness to collaborate for control efforts. Projects that provide opportunities to create or enhance recreation and education for the general public will be rated based on; 1) their ability to have value as a demonstration project or; 2) have potential to foster a community conservation ethic through citizen involvement or; 3) provide for enhanced recreational opportunities. Projects that combine all three of the afore mentioned criteria and have long-lasting benefits will rank highest, while projects that do not provide for these benefits will be assigned a score of zero.

- Ecological Benefits: This ranking criterion can ensure that waters of ecological value get consideration in the decision process. These waters might include waters of aquatic/fisheries value, primary nursery areas, outstanding resource waters, and protected streams, wetlands, or rare, threatened and endangered (RT&E) species. The potential ecological benefits of an individual project are ranked based on evaluations of the anticipated improvements to habitat that will be realized by implementing the project. Factors for evaluation include; the size of the treated area, habitat quality and ecological condition, and proximity to other habitat areas. Areas that currently provide no habitat, but will provide significant habitat upon completion, will rank highest.

- Implementability: This ranking criterion is a measure of the relative severity of obstacles that must be overcome to implement the project. Determining a score is a cumulative assessment of factors such as: public vs. private property, property easement acquisition, permitting requirements, impact or disturbance to nearby residences, long term maintenance and operation requirements, completeness or status of project planning design and maintenance, phase of the project relative to past and/or future funding, and relative ease of construction.

Other criteria for funding will be based on:
- Partnerships and project leveraging.
- Environmental benefits other than those listed above.
- Relative cost to benefits.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170623

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount available is $500, while the maximum grant amount is $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding for projects will not be available any earlier than January 1, 2019. All projects will be finished by December 31, 2019. Extensions shall not be extended beyond December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Project located in Chautauqua County and demonstrates clear evidence as to how the project will provide a public benefit.
- Not-for-profit organizations
- Governmental agencies
- Businesses and corporations
- Public and private schools
- All landowners of Chautauqua County

Evaluation Criteria and Weight:

- Water Quality Benefits (Weight 15%)
- Erosion and Sedimentation Control Benefits (15%)
- Recreational and Educational Benefits (5%)
- Ecological Benefits (15%)
- Partnerships and Project Leveraging (15%)
- Implementability (15%)
- Other Benefits (10%)
- Relative Cost to Benefits (10%)

Pre-Application Information:

Project Timeline:

All projects will be finished by December 31, 2019. Recipients of approved 2% projects that are not completed within the allotted timeframe may request an extension in written form to the Watershed Coordinator explaining why an extension is being requested. The extension requests will be reviewed and a determination will be provided on a case-by-case basis. Extensions shall not be extended beyond December 31, 2020.

Applications must be both mailed/hand delivered and emailed.

Contact Information:

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

Dave McCoy
Phone: (716) 661-8915

Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development
200 Harrison Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

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USA: New York: Chautauqua County