DEC – $1 Million Now Available for Hudson River Watershed Communities

DEC – $1 Million Now Available for Hudson River Watershed Communities

Request for Applications: Local Stewardship Planning and River Education

Governor Hochul has announced that $1 million in grant funding is now available for projects to help communities in the Hudson River Valley improve water quality, advance stewardship of habitat and natural resources, and enhance river education. Two Hudson River Estuary Requests for Applications (RFAs) are available: 2024 Local Stewardship Planning (Round 43) and 2024 River Education (Round 44). The deadline for all applications is July 17, 2024 at 3 p.m.

Local Stewardship Planning:

Approximately $750,000 in funding is available for three categories of local projects and programs to support planning for:

  • Creating climate vulnerability assessments, adaptation plans, and strategies for waterfront communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed to adapt to climate risks like flooding, sea-level rise, heat, and drought, including using natural and nature-based solutions while considering social equity.
  • Planning for conservation of natural resources by creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, open space plan, conservation overlay zone, open space funding feasibility study, or connectivity plan.
  • Watershed-based stewardship, planning, and capacity building; water quality monitoring; watershed characterization; road stream crossing inventory and planning; and source water protection.

The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum is $75,000.

Hudson River Estuary Education:

Approximately $250,000 is available to support projects to enhance education about the estuary along the tidal waters of the Hudson and to make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible for a wide range of people, especially communities traditionally underrepresented in science careers.

Funding may be used for:

  • Locally-based facilities for learning about the Hudson River Estuary including NY Harbor (planning, programming, interpretation, and/or construction).
  • Hudson River Resources and Education Programs about the Hudson River Estuary.
  • Educator professional development or curriculum development directly linked to the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.
  • Intensive environmental science research programs for young adults.

The minimum grant award is $20,000, and the maximum grant amount is $100,000.

Completed grant applications must be submitted online through the Statewide Financial System on the Grants Management website  by July 17, 2024 at 3 p.m. General information about these grants is available on DEC’s website.

Grant Project Eligibility and the Application Process Webinars

The Hudson River Estuary Program will hold two webinars about project eligibility and the application process for the 2024 Hudson River Estuary Local Stewardship Planning Grants and 2024 River Education Grants. The Local Stewardship Planning Webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The River Education Webinar will take place on Monday, June 3, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The webinars will be recorded and will be available at a later date on the Hudson River Estuary Program Grants and Funding Opportunities website

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