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GIGP Contacts

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In order to be considered for funding, applicants must complete a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).
For application form, please visit the Regional Economic Development Council website:

GIGP Spotlight Project 2

  • ROUND 1: 2009

    Rome, NY (before)

    Project Name:  Urban Canopy Restoration for Stormwater Management

    GIGP Grant:  $250,000

    A project to restore the urban tree canopy in the City of Rome, New York has spurred adaptive reuse of vacant buildings, an increase in property value, and pollution reduction in Rome's urban core. As part of this GIGP project, the city planted 450 new trees in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods with high housing and population densities.



  • ROUND 1: 2009

    Rome, NY  (installation)

    Project Name:  Urban Canopy Restoration for Stormwater Management

    GIGP Grant:  $250,000

    The green infrastructure elements were constructed using a locally-developed sub-surface material and an American-made porous pavement made from recycled tires, a combination which has proved to be resistant to cracking, and rich enough in nutrients that tree roots have flourished.


  • ROUND 1: 2009

    ROME, NY (after)

    Project Name:  Urban Canopy Restoration for Stormwater Management

    GIGP Grant:  $250,000

    When mature, the new trees will capture approximately 695,000 gallons of rainwater and remove 26,500 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of air pollutants. The project has significantly decreased the amount of stormwater and contaminants entering local waterways including the Mohawk River and the NYS Barge Canal. This project serves as a model of urban revitalization and successful green infrastructure implementation.

ATTN >> MWBE Goal Changes


The MWBE participation goals for the SRF programs are
20% combined MBE and WBE,
as of October 1, 2012. 

As a result, there will be changes in the EFC's MWBE program.
Please continue to check the
MWBE Web Page
  for updated information.

Non-Municipal Applicants

Non-municipal applicants such as school districts, private or not-for-profit organizations, individuals, firms, partnerships, associations, and soil and water conservation districts should contact the Green Innovation Grant Program Team at 518-402-7461 to verify project eligibility.

Successful Applications

GIGP grant recipients must provide documentation of the following before entering into a grant agreement:
  • Legal right to own, operate and maintain the project for the duration of its useful life.

  • Compliance with the Smart Growth Infrastructure Act of 2010 and EEO and MWBE requirements.

  • Successful completion of all NYS environmental and historic preservation reviews, i.e., SEQR and SHPO.

  • A detailed final budget and plan of finance including all third-party funding agreements, inter-municipal agreements, and satisfaction of the minimum 10% local match requirement.

  • Designation of an Authorized Representative for the project.

  • EFC Approved Feasibility Study.
Please note that if this is a public work contract covered by Article 8 of the New York State Labor Law, the recipient agrees to comply with the prevailing wage requirements.

Governor Announces Round 4 of Economic Development Funding


On April 28, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, officially kicking off the 2014 competition for up to $750 million in state economic development resources.

The New York State Environmental Facility Corporation’s Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) will again be available to support green infrastructure projects that improve stormwater quality and demonstrate innovative design across the state. For eligibility criteria and application information, see items 1-4, below.

Applicants may use the on-line NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to apply for the GIGP (see sidebar). The CFA was created to streamline the grant application process by providing access to multiple state funding sources through one on-line application. 

Key dates:

The Consolidated Funding Application Period is Officially Closed as of 4 p.m., June 16th, 2014.

Please sign up on our
Listserv for updates on 2015 GIGP grants.

For further information
on the grant review process and criteria, 
see the NYS Regional Development Council website.


2. Verify Applicant Eligibility

Applicants eligible for a GIGP grant include:
  • Municipalities
  • State Agencies
  • Public Benefit Corporations
  • Public Authorities
  • Not-for-Profit Corporations
  • For-Profit Corporations
  • Individuals
  • Firms
  • Partnerships
  • Associations
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts

3. Determine Project Designation


Clean Water Act (CWA), Sec. 502(14):
The term "Point Source" means any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, including but not limited to any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock, concentrated animal feeding operation, or vessel or other floating craft, from which pollutants are or may be discharged. This term does not include agricultural stormwater discharges and return flows from irrigated agriculture.

The term "Non-Point Source" is defined to mean any source of water pollution that does not meet the legal definition of "Point Source" as defined in the above CWA section. Non-Point Source pollution generally results from land runoff, precipitation, atmospheric deposition, drainage, seepage or hydrologic modification.

Point Source Projects

In accordance with the laws governing the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), projects defined as point source projects under Section 212 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) must be publicly owned.

Green infrastructure projects which are specifically required under Long Term Control Plan, by administrative/judicial order, or by a draft or final State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permitted activity (such as for a municipal separate storm sewer system, a combined sewer system, or stormwater discharges from construction activity), are considered point source projects for SRF funding. Therefore, they must be publicly-owned.

Non-Point Source Projects
Public ownership is not a requirement for non-point source (CWA Section 319) and national estuary (CWA Section 320) projects.

Example: A project which disturbs more than one acre of earth is required to obtain a SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities. Under this SPDES Permit, post-construction stormwater management practices are required. In accordance with federal law, the practices would only be eligible for GIGP funding if the applicant is a municipality.

Projects that include stormwater retrofits, however, and the portions of projects which exceed the specific requirements are eligible for funding, even if the applicant is not a municipality.
Example: Where a redevelopment project includes no increase in impervious area and provides green infrastructure practices for 100% of the existing impervious area on the site, the applicant would be responsible for meeting requirements under a permit order or LTCP, and the portion above and beyond this requirement would be eligible as a 319 project.

4. Required Documentation

To be considered for funding, all applications
must be accompanied by the following attachments:


Feasibility Study

Applicants are required to submit sufficient information to demonstrate that the proposed green infrastructure project is feasible to construct at their site. The Feasibility Study is a written document which must be submitted along with an online application.  Based on a design professional’s site evaluation, the Feasibility Study provides the basis and justification for your proposed design.

Preliminary Site Analysis

Before you invest in a Feasibility Study and apply for funding, it is essential to conduct a preliminary site analysis to establish whether your site is suitable for green infrastructure. This analysis should include, but is not limited to:

  • Selecting sites which are not subject to high groundwater levels, significant flooding, or tidal influences;
  • Avoiding sites with bedrock, steep slopes and/or severe grade changes;
  • Considering existing conditions such as land use, stormwater flow path, floodplain data, soil conditions, utilities, property ownership and access.
NOTE: A preliminary site analysis may result in a determination that the selected infrastructure is not feasible. In that case, an alternative concept needs to be developed. However, if you feel that a more extensive site analysis will show that your selected practice is feasible, you may still propose it. The Feasibility Study is required to contain an evaluation of an alternative, grant-eligible practice to be used if it is determined that a proposed practice will not work at your site (see Item V.c., below).
The Feasibility Study must be signed and stamped by a Qualified Professional licensed or certified to practice in New York State. A qualified professional is an individual who is knowledgeable in the principles and practices of stormwater management and treatment, such as a Professional Engineer, Registered Landscape Architect, or other individual(s) endorsed by NYS DEC as qualified to prepare a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

Feasibility Study:  Required Elements

NOTE: The Feasibility Study must primarily address the green infrastructure practice(s), even if it is a portion of a larger project

The recommended outline below contains the required elements which must be included when preparing your Feasibility Study:
I.    Cover Page (project title, owner, prepared by, professional’s stamp, and date)

II.   Executive Summary (overview of the project’s purpose)

III.  Project Objective(s) (Describe goals for Green Infrastructure elements. Include whether the green infrastructure  elements are a portion of a larger project and if these elements are being implemented to satisfy requirements of a SWPPP and/or stormwater permit.)
NOTE: Only the green practices constructed that exceed the requirements of the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity are eligible for GIGP funding.
IV. Existing Conditions:
a. Project location/address (including nearest cross street)
b. Current land use
c. USGS Soil Classification at green infrastructure practice location(s) (see USDA Web Soil Survey mapping tool)
d. Site topography
e. Stormwater flowpath (also consider adjacent sites)
f. Depth to water table at green infrastructure practice location(s) (Please note, EFC requires a minimum of 3 feet separation between the bottom of a green infrastructure practice and the seasonal high groundwater levels.)
g. Depth to bedrock (Please note, EFC requires a minimum of 3 feet separation between the bottom of a green infrastructure practice and the seasonal high groundwater levels.)
h. Nearest receiving waterbody
i. Location relative to the 100-year floodplain
j. Other site considerations (wetlands, flood plain elevations, hotspots, brownfield remediation or other potential design issues at the site)
k. Boring logs, infiltration tests, or other subsurface investigations, if applicable, may be required prior to executing a Grant Agreement with EFC.
V. Project Description
a. Recommended Green Infrastructure Practice(s). (For more information on the selection of green infrastructure for your site, see the informational sheet, “Technical Guidance for Green Infrastructure Projects.”)
b. Feasibility Analysis of Selected Green Infrastructure Practice(s), including:
i.   Drainage area
ii.  Site grading

iii. Stormwater flowpath (also consider adjacent sites)

iv.  Design considerations

Estimated green infrastructure practice sizing and water quality volume (WQv) calculation(s) (see NYSDEC Runoff Reduction Worksheets) For Feasibility Study purposes the WQv is an estimated quantity only based on a conceptual design that will be refined during the design development process. The NYSDEC worksheets are available as a reference tool but their use is not required at this stage.
c. Feasible Alternative(s) (required--to accommodate variables determined by site investigations)
NOTE: Applicants are required to provide a feasible, green infrastructure alternative to the proposed design that will enable you to meet your stated goals in the event that site constraints or other unknown factors are encountered during the design process. Please review the Notice of Availability of Funds and Available CFA Resources for specifically prohibited practices.
VI. Proposed Project Schedule (Estimated construction start date--should be no later than June15, 2017.)
VII. Anticipated Regulatory Approval and Permits (e.g., NYSDEC, NYSDOT, SHPO, etc.)
VIII. Project Cost Estimate: Include costs for Construction, Engineering, Equipment, Legal, Administrative Force Account, Technical Force Account, and Contingency. All costs should be in Current Year Dollars.
Conceptual Site Plan
I.    Engineer Name, Date and Project Title
II.   North Arrow/Legend
III.  Graphical Scale (1 “ = 10’, 20’, 30’, 40’, 50’, 60’ or 100’)
IV.  Site Features (Wetlands, Nearest Waterbody, Streets, Buildings, etc.)
V.   GI Practice Location/Layout showing Stormwater Flowpath (arrows)
VI.  Location Map
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