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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, Businesses, and Landowners for Local Environmental Stewardship Projects

Occupancy Tax Program for Grants for Lakes and Waterways

GrantWatch ID# 170623
Agency: Local

Funding Source
Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Chautauqua County

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/01/22 4:00 PM

Grant Description
Grants of up to $40,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, businesses, and individual landowners in eligible locations for local environmental stewardship projects. Funding is intended for projects and activities that are designed to protect and enhance local lakes and waterways. Eligible projects are located in Chautauqua County.

Evaluation 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.
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Benefits: Projects that are designed to provide a long-term remedy for severe erosion problems or the reduction of stormwater flows will receive a high ranking score.
  • Riparian Buffers: Riparian buffers are considered the most effective and lowest cost means of protecting and enhancing water quality.
  • Recreational and Educational Benefits: This criterion ensures that waters most valued by the public or having the potential for public use receive consideration.
  • Ecological Benefits: This ranking criterion can ensure that waters of ecological value get consideration in the decision process. 
  • Feasibility: This ranking criterion is a measure of public benefit and the relative severity of obstacles that must be overcome to implement the project. 
  • Partnerships and Project Leveraging: Partnerships and project leveraging is a quantitative measure of the various funding and in-kind support from other vested organizations.
  • Other Benefits: This evaluation criterion allows the reviewer the ability to examine the overall project and determine if other benefits exist that have not been addressed in the other sections. 

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
• Not-for-profit organizations
• Governmental agencies
• Businesses and corporations
• Public and private schools
• All landowners of Chautauqua County

Applicants from previous years that have not demonstrated measurable progress will not be considered for the current funding cycle.

Pre-Application Information
- 2023 Applications are due April 1, 2022 by 4:00pm.
- The Waterways panel will provide the ranked list of projects to the County Legislature by May 31, 2022, who holds the right to deny funding to any and all projects.
- Funding for projects will not be available any earlier than January 1, 2023.

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, 2023. All projects will be finished by December 31, 2023. Funded projects must begin and demonstrate measurable progress within one year following funding approval.

Recipients of approved 2% projects that are not completed within the allotted timeframe may request an extension. Extensions shall not be extended beyond December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Completed applications can be submitted electronically at the following link:

Alternatively, hard copies of the completed grant application can be delivered in-person to:
Mr. Dave McCoy at:
Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development
201 W. Third Street, Suite 115
Jamestown, NY 14701

Dave McCoy
(716) 661-8915

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