2015 Hudson River Estuary Grants Available

2015 Estuary Grants and Hudson River Summit April 16

2015 Hudson River Estuary Grants

Hunts Point Rowers in the BronxThe 2015 Request for Applications (RFA) for Hudson River Estuary Grants is expected to be announced soon. Descriptions of the grants will appear in a forthcoming issue of Hudson RiverNet and on our website.

All prospective applicants must register in advance in the New York State Grants Gateway  to be eligible to apply for any New York State grant. The Grants Gateway allows applicants to browse  anticipated and available grant opportunities, providing a one-stop location that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York.

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations and municipalities (villages, towns, cities, counties, or New York Indian tribes or nations). Registration cannot be completed online. Register now to allow sufficient time for your application to be processed.

Not-for-profit corporations are also required to complete the Vendor Prequalification Application in the Grants Gateway. Not-for-profits must be prequalified by the grant proposal due date in order for the proposal to be eligible for evaluation and scoring.

If you have not yet registered (both municipalities and not-for-profits) or prequalified (not-for-profits), please take the time to do so as soon as possible. Please visit the NYS Grants Reform website http://www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees for more information and instructions on registration and prequalification.

Register Now for the 2015 Hudson River Summit

Poughkeepsie from Mid Hudson BridgeThe Hudson River Summit, co-sponsored by the Estuary Program and Historic Hudson River Towns www.hudsonriver.com, will take place Thursday, April 16, 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Poughkeepsie Grandview, overlooking the Hudson. We hope you’ll join us!

We’ll be discussing the importance of partnerships throughout the conference. Presentations and panel discussions will focus on river access for everyone; resilient communities; and a restoration plan to improve water-quality and habitat in the Hudson River estuary. We’ll also present the State of the Hudson 2015 and showcase success stories of habitat restoration, rebounding fish populations, land conservation, and students studying and using the river. You’ll also get a chance to see glass eels, the bold and beautiful pumpkinseed (a sunfish), and an unwelcome, new arrival, the weatherfish.

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be joined by DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and many of our partners, including Scenic Hudson, The Nature Conservancy, Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Hudson River Foundation, New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, and many others. More program details will be available soon.

Registration for the conference is $35 and we are now offering a student discount fee of $20. To register, please visit  Historic Hudson River Towns. The registration deadline is April 2, 2015– more than 130 people have already signed up. We encourage you to register early—our events often sell-out. See you on the river!