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NYS DEC Local Stewardship Planning and River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities
Due: July 12, 2017 at 3 PM
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants provided through two Requests for Applications (RFAs), Local Stewardship Planning and
River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities. Funding for these grant opportunities is provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program. The deadline for applications is July 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. For more information please visit Grants Program and Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary on the DEC website.

Local Stewardship Planning
This funding opportunity is designed to help local organizations and communities improve water quality, conserve natural resources, and increase resiliency to flooding and sea-level rise. Approximately $450,000 is available for Local Stewardship Planning. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000. Local Stewardship Planning Grants will fund six categories of projects and programs:
Adapting land uses and decision making to factor in climate change, flooding, and sea-level rise projections in Hudson River shoreline communities; Making water supply and waste-water infrastructure more resilient to flooding and sea-level rise; Use of green infrastructure practices as a means to reduce combined sewer overflows or sanitary sewer overflows; Watershed planning and management within an entire watershed or sub-watershed; Conservation of natural resources by creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, or open space plan; Planning for conservation and stewardship of natural scenery and natural vistas.

River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities
This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities execute quality projects which improve accessibility at existing river access sites for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-dependent recreation; or to make improvements to educational interpretation of the estuary for people of all abilities on the tidal waters of the Hudson. Approximately $220,000 is available for River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000.
Projects may include construction of physical improvements, purchase of adaptive equipment, or development of accessibility improvement plans, as described in greater detail below. The full scope of an accessibility project should include accessible parking and pathways to the new element, or a reference that these already exist. Wherever possible, incorporating principles of universal design is strongly encouraged. The following two types of projects are eligible:

1 Hudson River Shoreline Access Retrofits: Applicants may apply for projects on the shoreline of the tidal waters of the Hudson River estuary, including the tidal portion of its tributaries, to develop, retrofit, repair, or make improvements to existing river access sites to improve access for people of all abilities for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-related recreation or educational interpretation of the estuary for people of all abilities on and along the estuary.
2 Assessing and Planning for Accessibility Improvements: Applicants may apply for projects that propose ADA designs, plans, assessments and ADA transition planning for existing access sites along the Hudson River estuary. Such plans must specifically lead to improving the use of the site for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-related recreation or educational interpretation of the estuary for people of all abilities.

To view and download each RFA, please visit the NYS Grants Gateway and search for 'Hudson River Estuary'. Descriptions of eligible projects, applications, eligibility requirements, and instructions for registering and prequalifying in the Grants Gateway are included in each RFA.

2017 Climate Smart Communities Grant Program
Applications Due: July 28, 2017 by 4:00 PM
The Climate Smart Communities Grant Program is a competitive 50/50 matching grant program for municipalities to conduct climate change adaptation or mitigation implementation projects, or to undertake eligible actions as part of a strategy to achieve Climate Smart Communities Certification. Up to $9.5 million is available to award grants between $10,000 and $2,000,000 for implementation projects related to flood risk reduction, extreme event preparation, reduction of vehicle miles travelled (VMT), reduction of food waste, reduction of landfill methane leakage, and reduction of hydrofluorocarbons emissions from refrigeration and other air conditioning equipment. In addition, $500,000 is available to award grants between $10,000 and $100,000 for certification projects that advance adaptation, land use, transportation, and organic waste management planning, inventory and assessment actions aligned with Climate Smart Communities Certification requirements. Any county (or NYC borough), city, town, or village of the State of New York is eligible to apply. Registered or Certified Climate Smart Communities (CSC) will receive additional points in the competitive scoring system, but you do not need to be a Registered or Certified CSC to apply. The complete Request for Applications (RFA) for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/109181.html. It is essential to read the RFA to obtain complete details on the program, including information on application evaluation and scoring. Apply for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), available online at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/. Hand-delivered, facsimile, mailed or e-mailed applications will NOT be accepted. In addition to the application portal, information on other NYS grant opportunities, instructions for applicants, and a schedule of statewide application workshops are available at the CFA website. Applications will NOT be accepted after this date and time. For questions, email the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov.

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