Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program
Deadline: August 1, 2018 (Applications received by August 1, 2018 will be given preference)
Do you own or manage land along a stream? You can apply for free native plants to help reduce erosion and improve habitat along your stream! The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program offers free native trees and shrubs for planting along the tributary streams in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Our staff can help you with a planting plan and work with your volunteers. We are now accepting applications for fall planting projects. For more information about the program or to download an application, please visit the DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/43668.html. If you have questions about a potential planting site, please contact Beth Roessler at (845) 256-2253 or HudsonEstuaryTFT@dec.ny.gov .

Solution Search
Deadline: August 7, 2018
National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the United Nations Development Program, and Rare are looking for the best uses of behavior change to address climate change. We need your help to identify potential winners of our $25,000 prize. If you can think of any group/individual successfully motivating people to adopt sustainable and climate-friendly lifestyles, we’d like to hear about them and we’d like you to encourage them to apply. If you need a few prompts to jar your memory, consider the following categories: energy and water conservation, recycling, reducing food waste, shifting commuter patterns, reducing soil erosion, cutting methane, reducing slash and burn agriculture, promoting plant rich diets. Each of these can lead to significant greenhouse gas reductions. See https://solutionsearch.org/ for more details.

National Coastal Resilience Fund 2018 Request for Proposals
Deadline: August 7, 2018 11:59 pm
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the National Coastal Resilience Fund. Projects funded under this national program will provide benefits to communities, as well as for fish and wildlife. In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NFWF will make investments to advance identified priorities for restoring and strengthening natural systems so they can protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms and floods and enable them to recover more quickly, while also enhancing habitats for important fish and wildlife populations. NFWF will award up to $30 million in grants to create, expand and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea and lake level changes, flooding, and coastal erosion and improve valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF will invest in projects in two focus areas: Project Planning and Design, Project Implementation. Contiguous areas of natural habitat such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, and coastal forests and rivers and streams -- maintained at a significant size for the habitat type -- provide communities with enhanced protection and buffering from the growing impacts of sea-level rise, changing flood patterns, increased frequency and intensity of storms, and other environmental stressors. NFWF identifies these types of natural areas as “Resiliency Hubs ” – areas where natural resource restoration efforts will have the greatest impact for human community resilience, as well as for fish and wildlife – and have prioritized these areas that provide dual benefits under this program. This program is funded by and closely coordinated with NOAA and will include input from other federal agencies and outside experts.Learn all about how to apply here: http://www.nfwf.org/coastalresilience

Hudson River Valley Greenway - Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
Deadline: August 10, 2018
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce that the 2018 Conservancy Trail Grant Application is now available. This annual grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program. Eligible project categories include: Trail Construction, Planning and Design; Trail Rehabilitation or Improvement; and Trail Education or Interpretation. The 2018 application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail. To download a PDF of the 2018 Conservancy Trail Grant Guidelines please click here. To download a fillable PDF of the 2018 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Application please click here. Applications are due by 4:00 PM, August 10, 2018. For assistance, please call 518-473-3835 or email hrvg@hudsongreenway.ny.gov

Hudson River Estuary Program Grants - River Access
Deadline: August 22, 2018
Approximately $950,000 is available in the "River Access" Request for Applications (RFA) for projects along the shoreline of the Hudson estuary that provide new or improved accessibility at access sites for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-dependent recreation. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and the Natural Resources Damages Fund (NRD). The deadline for applications is August 22, 2018. Two separate applications are available under this RFA:
1) Hudson River Estuary Access: Application No. DEC01-HRER26-2018 must be used for projects in the Hudson River Estuary, in locations that do not include the Village of Sleepy Hollow or the Village of Tarrytown. 2) Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown: Application No. DEC01-NRD26-2018 must be used for projects in the Village of Sleepy Hollow and Village of Tarrytown in the Hudson River Estuary that propose funding from the Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Fund. For more information and eligibility, go to website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html

Hudson River Estuary Program Grants - River Education
Deadline: August 22, 2018
Approximately $165,000 is available in the "River Education" RFA to support projects and plans to enhance education about the estuary along the tidal waters of the Hudson and make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible to a wide-range of people. The deadline for applications is August 22, 2018 at 3 pm. For more information and eligibility, go to website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html

Governor Cuomo Announces $275 Million Available for Clean Water Infrastructure Projects
Deadline: September 7, 2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that $275 million in grant funding is available to municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect or improve water quality and/or public health. This funding, available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, is part of the Governor's historic $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. Grant applications and additional information is found here and must be submitted along with any required supporting documentation to: NYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov by September 7, 2018.

DEC announces $525,000 in Grant Funding Available to Improve Water Quality Through Tree Planting Projects
Deadline: September 7, 2018
Streamside Plantings Improve Wildlife Habitat, Protect Water Quality and Increase Resiliency
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the first round of statewide competitive grants for the Trees for Tributaries Program, designed to support riparian tree planting projects for communities across the State. Approximately $525,000 in grant funding is available to help plant trees and shrubs along streams to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and storm resiliency. The grant funding is supported by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and is available to municipalities, academic institutions, and not-for-profits. Projects must involve planting native trees and shrubs along streams and projects must occur within eligible funding locations. Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/113412.html for a map of eligible areas. Grants range from a minimum of $11,000 to a maximum of $100,000. Priority will be given to projects that engage community partners and volunteers in tree planting activities, as well as those that create a stream buffer width of 35 feet or more. Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on September 7, 2018. The Trees for Tributaries Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is available on DEC’s website http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/113412.html and through the NYS Grants Gateway website grantsreform.ny.gov. General questions about the Trees for Tributaries grants application process may be directed to Mary Hegarty, DEC’s Trees for Tributaries Statewide Coordinator, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4250, treesfortribs@dec.ny.gov. To learn more about the Trees for Tributaries Program and its tree planting activities, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/77710.html.

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