2017 Climate Smart Communities Grant Program
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.
$670,000 in Hudson River Estuary Grants
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced $670,000 in Hudson River Estuary Grants. The funding is to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary fund projects that improve recreational access to the river, increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, and enhance natural resources. The grants available include funds for local stewardship planning and improvements to river access for people of all abilities.
Local Stewardship Planning
Approximately $450,000 is available in Hudson River Estuary Grants for Local Stewardship Planning. This funding is designed to help local organization and communities improve water quality, conserve natural resources and increase resiliency to flooding and sea-level rise.
River Access Improvement for People of all Abilities
Approximately $220,000 is available in Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Access for People of All Abilities. Funding for this grant opportunity is provided by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program. This program 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.