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Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant Program

Grants to New York Local Governments
for Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Environmental Protection Fund

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Deadline Date:

07/26/19 4:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $10,000 to New York cities, counties, villages, towns, and boroughs for projects to address climate change mitigation. Funding is designated for assessment, planning, and inventory projects, as well as implementation projects that will advance efforts to address climate change.

Funds are available for two broad categories. The first category supports implementation projects related to climate change adaptation and the reduction of greenhouse gases outside the power sector (transportation, methane, and refrigerants). The second category supports planning projects related to Climate Smart Communities certification actions.

Implementation Projects:
Eligible implementation projects must be climate change adaptation or non-power sector GHG mitigation projects. There are two categories: Adaptation Implementation projects and Mitigation Implementation Projects. For details and eligible projects, see

Certification Projects:
Certification projects focus on assessments, inventories, and planning activities that are part of becoming a certified Climate Smart Community. Only certain certification actions are eligible for grant funding. These actions create a foundation from which the community may institutionalize adaptation to climate change and mitigation of GHG emissions. They also provide a basis for future grant applications in the implementation category. For details and eligible projects, see and

The following expenses will be eligible for reimbursement:
- Personnel services
- Contractual services
- Equipment
- Travel
- Other

For more details of eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181578

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Implementation Projects:
- Total available - up to $11,038,554
- Minimum award: $10,000
- Maximum award: $2,000,000
- Design & engineering: up to a maximum of 15% of the grant request

Certification Projects:
- Total available - up to $700,000
- Minimum award: $10,000, except that up to five grants of between $2500 and $9999 each may be awarded to municipalities of population sizes less than 40,000.
- Maximum award: $100,000

No more than 50 percent of the total available funds for either implementation or certification projects will be awarded to municipalities with populations greater than 100,000 or to any single municipality.

Term of Contract:

The start date for all Master Contract for Grants and Letters of Agreement awarded through this request for applications will be March 15, 2020. Project costs must be incurred between March 15, 2020 and March 14, 2025 to be considered eligible for reimbursement or match. Applicants should not submit applications in response to this RFA if they do not anticipate they can complete their projects within five years of the contract start date, i.e., by March 14, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
All municipalities in the State of New York are eligible to apply for funding in response to this request for applications (RFA). For the purpose of this RFA, a municipality is defined as a county, city, town, village, or borough of the City of New York.

Applicants need not be a certified or registered CSC, nor be working toward CSC certification, to apply for this grant opportunity.

Two or more municipalities, or one municipality and a quasi-governmental entity or non-profit organization, may collaborate on a project. However, one eligible municipality must be designated as the lead applicant and must assume responsibility for the application, contract development, and maintenance in the Grants Gateway, the performance of work consistent with this RFA, and compliance with the State of NYS Master Contract for Grants or Letter of Agreement. Projects involving a partnership must submit letters, or other written agreements, signed by all parties substantiating the collaboration at the time of application.

Ineligible applicants:
Political subdivisions such as municipal corporations, school districts, district corporations, boards of cooperative educational services, fire districts, public benefit corporations, industrial development authorities, and similar organizations are not eligible to serve as lead municipal applicants in response to this RFA.

Ineligible expenses:
- Costs for purchase of zero-emission vehicles and/or installation of electric vehicle service equipment or other charging or clean vehicle re-fueling infrastructure. If interested in clean vehicles, charging infrastructure, or hydrogen fuel cell filling station grant opportunities please see the Grants Gateway at and search for zero-emission.
- Indirect or overhead costs of the municipality. This category includes but is not limited to rent, telephone service, general administrative support, general-use computers, office equipment, general office supplies, and other general operations costs such as memberships and subscriptions (e.g., newspapers, professional and municipal associations).
- Salaries and other expenses of elected officials, whether incurred for purposes of project direction, execution, or legislation.
- Fund-raising expenses.
- Taxes, insurance, fines, deficit funding, bond interest, and associated fees.
- Contingency costs.
- Federal funds.
- Other NYS funds.

The cost of acquisition of land that is necessary for and directly related to the proposed project may be used as match only. The cost of land acquisition cannot be supported with DEC grant funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

DEC’s Office of Climate Change will provide a webinar on this grants program on Thursday, June 6 from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. During the webinar, staff will describe grant program requirements, eligible project types, application evaluation and scoring, and useful information sources. Time will be reserved for staff to answer questions from the audience.

See the event in the DEC calendar:

Register here:

Open house workshops are also available to the public for the Consolidated Funding Application. For a full schedule, see here:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the 2019 round is 4:00 p.m. on July 26, 2019.

Grants Gateway Registration
Eligible applicants must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway. Applicants must have a valid Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN) and a NYS Vendor Identification Number to complete their Grants Gateway registration. If a municipality passes a resolution authorizing a department under its jurisdiction to apply for funding, that department can apply only if it is registered in the NYS Grants Gateway. Registration is NOT an online process. Register now to allow time for processing and postal mail delivery.

Applicants may submit several applications, but no more than one application may be submitted for the same project or project location.

Hand-delivered, facsimile, mailed, or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Applicants selected to receive grant awards will be notified by an official Department award letter after the announcement of the REDC awards has been made in December 2019.

Per NYS Environmental Conservation Law §54-1511(3), a local match equal to 50 percent (50%) of total eligible project costs is required. For example, a project with an eligible total cost of $100,000 is eligible for a $50,000 grant and must provide a $50,000 local match.

Contact Information:

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

To register for the Grants Gateway:

For questions about Grants Gateway:

To apply:

Myra Fedyniak
Climate Policy Analyst
P: (518) 402-8448
F: (518) 402-9021

For general information and questions on the Climate Smart Communities program:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Climate Change
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

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