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2017 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

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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04/06/17 3:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants starting at $10,500 to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies, including school districts, tribes, and colleges, for environmental and wildlife conservation activities throughout the Hudson River region. Questions regarding this RFA will be accepted through March 30. Priorities of this program include improving water quality, fish and wildlife habitats, community resiliency to floods, waterway access, and river scenery.

To be eligible, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in the tributary streams of the Estuary watershed. Primary priority will be given to dam removal projects that are in close proximity to the Hudson, because of their importance for improving habitat for American eel and river herring. Projects must also be designed to pass, at a minimum, a 1% annual chance storm (100-year flood) to promote flood resiliency.

Examples of projects which improve aquatic connectivity are: removal of dams; restoration of perched culverts to grade; replacement of culverts to reestablish natural stream-bottom conditions; and right-sizing of bridges and culverts. Engineering and planning projects for removal of dams affecting eel or herring migration anywhere in the estuary watershed are also eligible for funding.

No project that is deemed harmful to SGCN species or federally listed endangered species or that replaces one barrier with another will be deemed eligible.

DEC has identified many aquatic barriers throughout the grant boundary, including watershed-scale culvert prioritization projects in Black Creek-Kinderhook, Cedar Pond Brook, Lake Creek-Catskill Creek, Hollowville Creek, Punch-Brook Roeliff Jansen Kill, Rochester Creek, Saw Creek, Shekomeko Creek, Shingle Kill, Vly Kill-Normans Kill, or Woodbury Creek sub-watersheds.

Grants can incorporate both engineering/feasibility/planning components, as well as construction.

Project Types:

1) Project Type 1 (construction/deconstruction): Removal of dams affecting eel or herring migration on tributaries, and within tributary watersheds, of the Hudson River. Preference is given to projects that benefit herring and eel, and are in close proximity to the Hudson. For example, preference will be given to the first dam upstream from the Hudson over the fourth dam.

2) Project Type 2 (planning): Engineering and planning for removal of dams affecting eel or herring migration above the confluence of a stream with the Hudson.

3) Project Type 3 (construction/deconstruction): Mitigation/right-sizing of a culvert 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).

Projects will first be prioritized by project type:

-Project Type 1 (highest priority)
-Project Type 2 (second priority)
-Project Type 3 (third priority)

All qualifying projects in Project Type 1 will be funded before Project Type 2. Qualifying projects in Project Type 2 will be funded before Project Type 3. See Section IV of this RFA for further information on application scoring and evaluation.

Projects will further be prioritized based on habitat value, including impact and species benefit. Projects that improve habitat for herring will be eligible for higher points in the scoring. Barrier location from the Hudson is also a substantial factor in the scoring (the first barrier is awarded higher points, followed by the second barrier, and so forth).

Greater points will be awarded to projects that will significantly improve the quality of habitat for the target species (when evaluating the overall scale and design of the project, such as the acres of reconnected habitat, location of the barrier and type of removal). The number of feet/miles of stream reconnected and restored will also be a consideration in the scoring.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157086

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award is $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must provide a timeline for meeting project objectives and identified tasks between September 1, 2017 and February 29, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the Estuary Watershed Boundaries (see attachments below). To find out if your project is located within these boundaries, please type the location of the project into this Estuary Watershed Boundary Google Earth map:

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 Request For Applications (RFA).

-“Not-For-Profit Corporation” (NFP) - is an organization that 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.

If a proposed project involves a cooperative agreement or partners, only one eligible, designated lead applicant can 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. Letters substantiating the collaboration from each partner are required.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received in the Grants Gateway by 3:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 6.

All New York State (NYS) grant applicants, both governmental and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations, must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity.

Registration is not available online. Registration forms must be mailed and cannot be submitted online or faxed. Register early to allow sufficient time for processing.

Not-For-Profit applicants must prequalify in the Grants Gateway system prior to the application deadline to be considered eligible to apply for a grant. Registration and prequalification must be completed online at the NYS Grants Gateway.

Please email all HRE grant opportunity questions via email (see contact details below). Questions will be accepted by the Department until close of business March 30, 2017. All questions and answers will be posted continuously in the Grants Gateway.

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

Questions about registration and prequalification through the Grants Gateway should be directed to:

Questions about the Estuary Grants Program should be directed to the contact below.

Susan Pepe, Grants Manager

NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3506

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Hudson River Estuary

Funding or Pin Number:

Grants Gateway ID: DEC01-HRER20-2017

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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