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2018 Hudson River Estuary Grants for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies for Natural
Resource Conservation in the Hudson River Watershed

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Deadline Date:

04/18/18 3:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants starting at $10,500 to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, special districts, school districts, and community colleges to enhance water quality within the Hudson River Estuary. Nonprofit applications must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying.

Hudson River Estuary Program:

Eligible projects for grant funding must be located within defined geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary watershed (see map in Appendix I of the RFA). “Hudson River Estuary” refers to the legislatively designated Hudson River Estuarine District established in Environmental Conservation Law §11-0306, which extends from the Troy dam to the Verrazano Narrows and includes Upper New York Bay to Kill Van Kull and the East River to Hell Gate, focused on the tributaries that flow into any of these waters.

Project Objectives:

This Hudson River Estuary Program and Division of Marine Resources RFA for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency seeks to achieve one or more of the following objectives of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, Division of Marine Resources’ Mission Statement, and the New York State Ocean Action Plan.

Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda:
-Conserve and restore habitat for migratory fish in tributary streams of the estuary;
-Support the restoration of free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, stream habitat and aquatic connectivity in tributary streams of the estuary;
-Help communities with existing and projected impacts of localized flooding along tributary streams of the Estuary; and
-Conserve for future generations the rich diversity of plants, animals and habitats of the Hudson River estuary ecosystem.

Division of Marine Resources’ Mission Statement
-Managing, restoring and enhancing indigenous marine, estuarine and anadromous resources and their habitats. New York State Ocean Action Plan
-Protect and restore sensitive inshore, offshore and estuarine habitats;
-Improve the management of ecologically and economically important species; and
-Evaluate, prioritize and remove or modify known impediments to diadromous fish passage.

This RFA addresses state priorities for protection of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and for mitigation of damages to natural resources. The priority SGCN under this RFA are river herring and American eel. However, other SGCN species include those that may benefit from tributary restoration projects such as brook trout, wood turtle, northern red salamander, longtail salamander, alewife floater, eastern pearlshell and yellow lampmussel.

Definitions:

-“Planning” is defined as any activity, such as design, engineering, permitting, feasibility study, stakeholder engagement, and/or assessments, which will result in improved likelihood that the barrier will be mitigated to allow passage for herring or eel. Planning does not need to go as far as making the project shovel-ready, but planning that results in a shovel-ready project is eligible to receive extra points in the scoring.

-“Construction/deconstruction” includes barrier removal, as well as any planning activity defined above which leads to and includes construction/deconstruction.

-An “artificial barrier” is a dam, or a road-stream crossing (culvert or bridge) ranked as Severe, Significant, or No AOP (No Aquatic Organism Passage) under the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC). A naturally occurring waterfall is not considered to be an artificial barrier.

-A “herring barrier” is any structure which is known to restrict the upstream movement of herring and must be the first barrier upstream of tidal waters.

-“Dam removal” means complete removal/elimination of the vertical barrier to the original stream bottom. Although full removal is preferred, partial removal is acceptable, as long as the resulting configuration has the same conveyance as the natural stream channel, and reconnects up and downstream stream habitat.

-“Fish ladder” means any structure which allows migrating fish passage over or around an obstacle
on a river (NOAA).

Project Types:

Project Type 1, Dam Removal (construction/deconstruction): A shovel-ready project to remove a dam affecting eel or herring migration on tributaries, within tributary watersheds in the geographic areas of this RFA. One season of upstream post-construction monitoring for the target species must be included in the project time line and budget.

Project Type 2, Dam Removal (planning and construction/deconstruction): A project that proposes both engineering/planning, and construction/deconstruction to remove a dam affecting eel or herring migration on tributaries, and within tributary watersheds within the geographic boundaries of this RFA. Applications that propose this type of phased project must provide a breakdown of costs that shows the allocation of the budget between engineering/planning and construction/deconstruction activities, with detailed budgets for each phase. One season of upstream post-construction monitoring for the target species must be included in the project time line and budget.

Project Type 3, Multi-Barrier (planning and/or construction/deconstruction): A comprehensive project that proposes any combination of:

-Removing one or more dams affecting eel or herring migration on tributaries, within tributary watersheds in the geographic areas of this RFA, and/or

-Mitigation/right sizing of one or more culverts at a site that is a recorded location for eel habitat, and is a barrier to fish movement as assessed through NAACC road-stream crossing protocols (rated severe, significant, or No AOP) or would qualify as such.

To be eligible for this project type, the barriers included in the application must be within close proximity and must directly impact each other (otherwise, they must be submitted as separate applications under this RFA). Applications that propose this type of multi-component project must result in barrier removal and may include, as needed, a planning/engineering phase. A breakdown of costs that shows the allocation of the budget associated with each barrier must be provided. If the project involves both planning and construction/deconstruction, the application must provide a breakdown of costs that shows the allocation of the budget between engineering/planning and construction/deconstruction activities, with detailed budget for each phase. One season of upstream post-construction monitoring for the target species must be included in the project time line and budget for capital projects.

Project Type 4, Dam Removal (planning): Engineering and planning for removal of a dam affecting eel or herring migration above the confluence of a stream with the tidal waters.

Project Type 5, Culvert Mitigation/Right-sizing (construction/deconstruction): Mitigation/right- sizing of a single culvert at a site that is a location for eel habitat, and is a barrier to fish movement as assessed through NAACC road-stream crossing protocols (rated severe, significant, or No AOP) or would qualify as such. One season of upstream post-construction monitoring for the target species must be included in the project time line and budget for capital projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157086

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,025,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $10,500. The maximum grant amount is $1,025,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must provide a timeline for meeting project objectives and identified tasks between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:

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 this 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 an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter 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. These letters are to be uploaded to the Grants Gateway in a single PDF (see “Applicant Partners” on page 14 of the RFA).

Minimum Eligibility (Pass/Fail criteria):

Level 1 Review:
-The applicant must be eligible, as shown on page 3 of the RFA. A not-for-profit organization must also be prequalified in the Grants Gateway by the application due date to be determined eligible under this grant opportunity.
-Location: The project must be located within the defined geographic boundaries of this RFA (see maps in Appendix I). The applicant must provide a map and photos of the current location and condition of the site, uploaded to the Grants Gateway. GPS coordinates are strongly recommended.
-The uploaded project time line indicates completion on or before September 30, 2021.
-All project funding sources are eligible and at least 5% in eligible match is identified.
-If applicable, letters of collaboration that include the “Lead” applicant designation are provided from all applicant partners.
-Proof of property ownership or landowner permission must be provided as an upload to the application, as outlined in “Required Permissions” on page 14 of the RFA.
-Application completeness: The application is broken out into four sections in the Grants Gateway: Program Information, Expenditure Budget, Work Plan, and Pre-Submission Uploads. To be eligible, applicants must complete all of these sections and upload the required documentation. See the checklist on the last page of the RFA as a reference.

Level 2 Review:
-Projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for one or both of two Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN)--American eel and river herring. In reviewing applications for eligibility, DEC will rely primarily on information provided by the applicant, but will also use reviewer knowledge, to determine if the proposed habitat improvement will benefit these species.
-The project must be located on a perennial stream.
-The project must implement one of the specified eligible project types (next section below).
-With exception of projects for Fish Ladders, projects must be designed to pass, at a minimum, a 1% annual chance storm (100-year flood).

Pre-Application Information:

The total funding amount of $1,025,000 will be distributed as follows:
-NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program – approximately $525,000
-NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Ocean Great Lakes Program – approximately $500,000

Match is the portion of project expenditures not paid for with grant funds. Match can be from local and/or in-kind contributions. Local sources can include funding from other non-state and/or non-federal grant sources or from project partners. In-Kind contributions are non-cash donations provided by non-state and/or non-federal third parties, which can include equipment, supplies, services, and other expendable property. Matching share contributions must support the objectives outlined in the work plan.

Eligible sources of match funds cannot come from other New York State or federal funding sources. Applicants will be required to provide the sources of all matching funds using the Match Worksheet in the Grants Gateway.

For this grant opportunity, applicants must match at least 5% of the grant funding amount.

Questions regarding this grant opportunity will be accepted by the DEC until C.O.B. April 11, 2018. All questions, and answers, will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway application for all applicants to view.

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.

Applications must be submitted through the NYS Grants Gateway (https://grantsgateway.ny.gov). Paper applications will NOT be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

The application due date is 3:00 PM EST, April 18, 2018.

Table of Key Events:
-Application Period Begins: February 2, 2018
-Question & Answer Period Ends: April 11, 2018
-Applications Due: April 18, 2018; 3:00 PM EST
-Award(s) Announced By (anticipated): Approximately August 2018

Contact Information:

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

Susan Pepe, Hudson River Estuary Program Grants Coordinator
Susan.Pepe@dec.ny.gov

HREPgrants@dec.ny.gov

Grant Coverage Areas:

Hudson River Estuary

Funding or Pin Number:

Grant Opportunity ID: DEC01-HRER23-2018

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York