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GIGP Practices in Action!

  • Permeable Pavements

  • Bioretention (e.g. rain gardens or bioswales)

  • Green Roofs and Green Walls

  • Stormwater Street Trees / Urban Forestry Programs

  • Construction or Restoration of Wetlands, Floodplains, or Riparian Buffers

  • Stream Daylighting

  • Downspout Disconnection

  • Stormwater Harvesting & Reuse

GIGP Contacts

Green Program Manager

GIGP Spotlight Project 1

  • 2011: ROUND 3

    Brooklyn, NY

    Project Name: 
    Prospect Park Lakeside Green Roof

    GIGP Grant:  $2,287,000

    Over 35,000 square feet of green roof and a 15,000 gallon rainwater collection cistern will be installed on a new $74M recreation complex in Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Park. The overall project, known as “Lakeside,” will be a new all-season facility with ice skating, roller skating and a water playground. The project is intended as a national model for integrating sustainable infrastructure into a public park.

  • 2011: ROUND 3

    Brooklyn, NY

    Project Name:  Prospect Park Lakeside Green Roof

    GIGP Grant:  $2,287,000

    The green roof system will significantly reduce the rate and volume of storm runoff and pollutants that would otherwise have flowed into New York City’s overburdened combined sewer system, which ultimately discharges into New York Harbor. In addition to the stormwater benefits, the vegetated roofs will contribute to energy efficiency at the complex and reduce potable water usage; all runoff from the roofs will be captured in the cistern and used for irrigation.

    Two of the green roofs will function as accessible parkland, as visitors will be able to walk onto them from adjacent berms. The park will also utilize the green roofs as an educational tool, hosting school groups at classrooms in the facility, and introducing a new sustainable design curriculum.


Green Infrastructure
is a cost-effective and efficient tool

for meeting the goals of
the Clean Water Act.



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Consolidated Funding Application
which is available on the
 Regional Economic Development Council

What is the Green Innovation Grant Program?

The Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) supports projects across New York State that utilize unique stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies.  GIGP-funded projects may be found from Buffalo to the end of Long Island, and range from rain gardens to stream "daylighting" projects.  (To view complete lists of previously-funded GIGP projects, click here.)

GIGP provides funding for highly-visible projects which:
  • Protect and improve water quality
  • Spur innovation in stormwater management
  • Build capacity locally and beyond by inspiring others to build and maintain green infrastructure
  • Facilitate the transfer of new technologies and practices to other areas of the State.

GIGP Beginnings ...
The GIGP was established in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In that first year of the program, EFC committed over $44 million to 49 projects statewide and, every year since then, the program has continued to fund projects that help clean and protect water quality throughout New York State.

Since its inception, GIGP has funded 121 innovative Green Infrastructure projects, awarding over $92 million in grants and, ultimately, leveraging more than $162 million in funding from additional resources.

What's Next ...
Looking ahead, GIGP will continue to provide financial assistance, technical support, and administrative guidance to a broad range of grant recipients. Whether the recipients are small or large municipalities, private or public institutions, small businesses, or non-profits, they are each building the innovative projects that will help to improve and protect New York State's water quality.

What Is Green Infrastructure?

According to the US EPA, "Green stormwater infrastructure includes a wide array of practices at multiple scales that manage wet weather and that maintain and restore natural hydrology by infiltrating evapotranspiring and harvesting and using stormwater.  On a regional scale, green infrastructure is the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features, such as forests, floodplains and wetlands, coupled with policies, such as infill and redevelopment that reduce overall imperviousness in a watershed.  On the local scale, green infrastructure consists of site- and neighborhood-specific practices, such as bioretention, trees, green roofs, permeable pavements and cisterns."

Green infrastructure practices treat rainwater as a valuable resource to be harvested and used on site, or filtered and allowed to soak back into the ground, recharging our aquifers, rivers and streams.  The plants used in green infrastructure help to cool our surroundings and improve air quality through the process of evapotranspiration.  These green practices can also help beautify our streets and neighborhoods, improve property values, revitalize downtowns and improve the overall quality of our lives.

The Green Innovation Grant Program provides funding for eight specific green infrastructure practices (for a list of these practices, click here).  Projects selected for funding go beyond providing a greener solution, they maximize opportunities to leverage the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, which include restoring habitat, protecting against flooding, providing cleaner air, and spurring economic development and community revitalization.  At a time when so much of our infrastructure is in need of replacement or repair and communities are struggling to meet competing needs, we need resilient and affordable solutions like green infrastructure that can meet many objectives at once.

Benefits of Going Green
Green infrastructure can provide multiple benefits in addition to cleaning, infiltrating and reusing stormwater.  These may include:
  • Creating green jobs
  • Increasing property values
  • Improving the walkability of communities
  • Improving air quality
  • Sequestering carbon and other greenhouse gases
  • Reducing the urban heat "island" effect
  • Providing natural habitats

Grant Parameters

All Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) applications must be submitted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).  (For up-to-date information on the CFA, including deadlines and funding opportunities, subscribe to the EFC ListServ newsletter here.)

Funding will be provided to selected projects to the extent that funds are available. Recipients will receive a grant for up to 90% of their construction costs (including eligible planning and design costs). All recipients are responsible for providing a minimum local match of 10% from local or State (non-federal) funds.

Eligible applicants may submit more than one grant application; however, EFC reserves the right to limit GIGP funding to one grant award per applicant. Furthermore, EFC reserves the right to fund all, or a portion of, an eligible proposed project.

All GIGP recipients must comply with the requirements of:

Point Source Projects will be required to comply with Federal Davis-Bacon Act requirements.

Please contact EFC Staff at 518-402-7461
if you have questions regarding Point Source Projects.

Selection Criteria

EFC will score and select projects based on the following criteria:

  • Measurable improvement or protection of water quality, including applicant’s proposal for generating water quality metrics.
  • Alignment with the goals and priorities of its Regional Council Strategic Plan.
  •  Addressing or demonstrating solutions to Regional water quality issues.
  • Applicant’s plan for the long-term operation, maintenance, and water quality / flow monitoring of the project.
  • Outreach and educational opportunities provided by the project applicant in order to facilitate the transfer of new technologies, knowledge, and practices to other NYS water quality issues and other regions of the State.
  • Reducing flow to a Combined Sewer System.
  •  Leveraging of additional resources through removing barriers to collaboration, developing new partnerships, utilizing staff and in-kind resources, securing other funding and investments, and/or provides workforce development.
  • Likelihood of project success, based on project development at time of application.
  • The extent to which the project spurs innovation in the area of green stormwater infrastructure, through research, development, and/or the adoption of new technologies.
  •  Revitalization of communities - building projects in municipal centers, utilizing land recycling, retrofits, and/or infill.
  • Projects identified in a NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program Plan or a NY Rising Countywide Resiliency Plan.
  • Public stakeholder engagement in the development of the project.
  • Fostering safe, healthy, walkable neighborhoods through improved access to affordable multimodal transportation choices as part of green street projects.
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