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2019 Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Access in the Vicinity of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and Tribes
for Hudson River Accessibility Improvements

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

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03/20/19 3:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $10,500 to New York nonprofits, government agencies, community colleges, school districts, and tribal organizations to improve access to the Hudson River in the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow areas for recreation purposes. Funding is intended for projects with a construction component, but planning components may also be included.

Eligible projects for grant funding must be located on publicly accessible lands along the tidal Hudson or tidal portion of a tributary within 15 miles to the north or south of the former General Motors factory location (address 199 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591), in the general vicinity of the Village of Sleepy Hollow or Village of Tarrytown. Google Maps will be used to confirm distance of the project from the GM location.

This Hudson River Estuary Grant RFA for River Access seeks to assist Hudson Valley municipalities and organizations implement the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda Benefit 6: Access for Education Recreation and Inspiration, Target 3:

“Access is improved for fishing, swimming, boating, and wildlife-dependent recreation on tidal waters for all using principles of universal design and storm resilience, especially in under-served communities.”

Funding is available to improve access to the tidal waters of the Hudson. It may be used to support development of plans, purchase of equipment, and construction of physical improvements, as described in greater detail on page 11 under “Project Types.” Throughout the RFA, the word “plan,” as used to describe a deliverable, is deemed to broadly include: plans, feasibility studies, designs and related permitting activities, etc. Projects that include a planning phase must include a construction component to be completed by the end of the grant period.

Programming to engage user groups or target audiences in the design, use and/or roll-out of the funded river access may be included as part of the project scope of work. Consideration of long-term resiliency to sea-level rise and flooding is strongly encouraged as an element of project design for all eligible projects.Wherever possible, incorporating principles of universal design is also strongly encouraged for all projects.

For more details about program requirements, conditions, and project types, see the RFP document in Supporting Documents below.

Eligible project expenditures include personal services, contractual services, construction enhancements, supplies and materials, equipment, advertising costs, land accessibility costs, travel, and training costs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185203

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum award amount is $10,500, and the maximum amount is $375,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables accounted for in performance measures that can be completed and invoiced within a three-year contract period/term.

Applicants must provide a timeline for meeting project objectives and identified tasks between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the purposes of this grant program, the following entities are considered eligible applicants:
Governmental Entities, Municipalities, and Quasi-Governmental Entities, including but not limited to Counties, Cities, Towns, Villages, or Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof, Public Benefit Corporations, Public Authorities, Municipal Corporations, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, School Districts, and Community Colleges, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations whose projects are located within the eligible geographic boundaries defined in the RFA.

For this grant opportunity, a “Not-For-Profit Corporation” (NFP) is subject to New York State’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law and is qualified for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, has filed a Certificate of Incorporation to be incorporated in New York State and is current in their charities reporting requirements with the Office of the Attorney General.

Individuals and unincorporated groups are not eligible for this grant opportunity. However, an eligible applicant may apply on behalf of an individual or unincorporated group as a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor accepts responsibility of the grant, and serves as a fiscal conduit for a DEC-funded project, receiving and disbursing funds related to the grant, and administering the requirements throughout the DEC grant process, including final reporting of grant activity.

For Multi-Partner and Inter-Municipal Projects: If a proposed project involves a cooperative agreement or partners, only one eligible, designated lead applicant must submit the application for grant funding. The lead applicant must assume the responsibility for the project application, performance of work consistent with this RFA, and the State of New York Master Contract for Grants (MCG). Letters substantiating the collaboration from each partner are required.

For a list of ineligible project expenditures, see page 22 of the RFP.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Management hosts weekly webinars for organizations interested in familiarizing themselves with the Grants Gateway. The regularly scheduled session topics include:

Registration and Prequalification: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM
- Link to Join Meeting:
- Meeting Number: 649 434 095
- Meeting Password: GG2017

Grant Application: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM
- Link to Join Meeting:
- Meeting Number: 643 296 691
- Meeting Password: GG2018

Pre-Application Information:

Timetable of Key Events:
- Application Period Begins: January 14, 2019
- Question and Answer Period Ends: March 13, 2019, C.O.B.
- Applications Due: March 20, 2019; 3:00 PM EST
- Award(s) Announced By (anticipated): Approximately June 2019

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to the application deadline.

Applicants may submit up to two (2) applications. Multiple applications may not be for the same project, but may be in the same project location.

For this grant opportunity, applicants must match at least 15% of the grant funding amount.

All Applicants must be Registered with Grants Gateway to submit an application. In addition to registration, not-for-profits must also be Prequalified at the time and date that the application is due. If you are not Prequalified at that time and date, your application will not be considered.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the prequalification process as soon as possible in order to participate in this grant opportunity. Please do not delay in beginning and completing the prequalification process. The State reserves 5 days to review submitted Prequalification applications. Prequalification applications submitted to the State for review less than 5 days prior to the application deadline may not be considered. Applicants should not assume that their Prequalification information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.

For more information about Grants Gateway and Prequalification, please visit the Grants Management website:

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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.

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Susan Pepe, Estuary Grants Manager
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3506

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York: The general vicinity of Village of Sleepy Hollow and Village of Tarrytown