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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)

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Deadline Date:

07/27/18 4:00 PM


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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, inventory, and implementation projects that will advance efforts to address climate change.

Priorities for the 2018 round include adaptation actions that reduce flood risk and increase preparedness for future extreme weather conditions, greenhouse-gas mitigation activities related to transportation and reduction of food waste, and specific Climate Smart Communities certification actions that advance a municipality’s ability to implement adaptation and mitigation projects.

Implementation Projects
Up to $8,239,000 is available for implementation grants of between $10,000 and $2,000,000 for the project types listed below. No more than 15% of an implementation grant may be used for design and engineering costs.
Eligible Adaptation Actions:
- Increase natural resiliency and decrease vulnerability to future flood risks.
- Relocate or retrofit critical infrastructure to reduce future flood risks.
- Replace or right-size flow barriers to facilitate emergency response or protect people, infrastructure and natural resources.
- Address anticipated future extreme heat conditions.
- Improve emergency preparedness and response systems (excluding radio communication systems) for anticipated future extreme climate conditions.

Eligible Mitigation Actions:
- Projects or programs that improve non-recreational, non-motorized transportation, improve transit, or reduce commuting distances through densification or smart growth strategies.
- Projects or programs to increase food donation and directly support food recovery efforts, or facilitate food scraps recycling at wastewater treatment facilities.
- Projects to reduce methane leakage at landfills such as installation of capture systems or leak detection equipment, and implementation of monitoring programs.
- Projects that reduce HFC emissions from refrigeration, chillers, and A/C equipment including replacement or retrofit, enhanced monitoring and disposal, or adoption of measures enabling alternative refrigerant use.

Certification Projects
Up to $550,000 is available for Climate Smart Communities certification grants of between $10,000 and $100,000, and up to five grants of between $2,500 and $9,999 each to municipalities of population sizes less than 40,000 for the project types listed below.
- Adaptation actions such as vulnerability assessment, identification of climate adaptation strategies, and developing strategies to address future climate conditions.
- Land use actions such as development of comprehensive plans with sustainability or smart growth principles, conducting resource inventories, or development of a complete streets policy.
- Transportation actions such as planning to right-size the municipal fleet, developing strategies to increase transit, or facilitating alternative transportation.
- Organic waste management actions such as conducting waste audits, and developing waste management, food waste reduction, and recycling or composting strategies.

The following expenses will be eligible for reimbursement:
- Personal services (salary and fringe)
- Contractual services
- In-kind services directly related to the project, including value of volunteer time
- Supplies and materials
- Equipment
- Project-related travel

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181578

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Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Certification Projects:
- 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 contract start date for all contracts awarded through this request for applications will be March 15, 2019. Project costs must be incurred on or after March 15, 2019 to be considered eligible for reimbursement or match. All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables accounted for in performance measures that can be completed and invoiced within a five-year contract term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. 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.

Registered and Certified Climate Smart Communities (CSC) will receive points in the competitive scoring system, but applicants need not be Registered or Certified CSCs to apply.

Two or more municipalities, or one municipality and a quasi-governmental entity or nonprofit organization, may collaborate on a project. However, only one eligible municipality, designated as the lead applicant, may submit the application for grant funding. Letters or other written agreements substantiating the collaboration of each partner are required at the time of application. The lead applicant must assume the responsibility for the project application, performance of work consistent with this RFA, and compliance with the State of New York Master Contract for Grants.

Ineligible budget items include:

- Costs for purchase of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and/or installation of electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) or other charging or re-fueling infrastructure;
- Indirect or overhead costs of the municipality, such as rent, telephone service, general administrative support, general-use computers, office equipment, general office supplies, general operations costs, membership fees, or subscription costs.
- Salaries and other expenses of elected officials, whether incurred for purposes of project direction, execution, or legislation;
- Fundraising expenses;
- Taxes, insurance, fines, deficit funding, bond interest and associated fees;
- Contingency costs; and
- Federal and other New York State funds

Land acquisition is NOT eligible for funding through this program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CFA Workshops are being offered throughout the state. See here for details, dates, and registration:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due before 4 PM on Friday, July 27, 2018.

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

Applicants selected to receive grant awards will be notified by email and in an official Department award letter.

Per New York State Environmental Conservation Law §54-1511(3), a local match equal to 50 percent of total eligible project costs is required. The applicant must identify all sources of match at the time the application is submitted. Projects for which a complete 50-percent match is not identified will have the award reduced to the eligible match amount, or may be deemed ineligible if available funding is unlikely to ensure successful completion of the project.

A municipal resolution, adopted by the legislative body of the lead municipal applicant, authorizing application submittal and documenting the availability of local match in the event of grant award must be submitted at the time of application.

Eligible applicants must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway.

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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:

To apply:

Myra Fedyniak
Climate Policy Analyst

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

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