Bronx River Watershed Initiative (BRWI): The BRWI has $3 million available for stormwater retrofit projects, including Low Impact Development Initiatives, to address the root causes of pollution from stormwater outfalls in order to improve water quality and river ecology along the Bronx River. Access the website to view a Request for Proposals or to find out more information about this initiative.
Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure: A new guidebook to help communities better manage stormwater, while achieving other environmental, social, and economic benefits.
EPA's Deadline for Office of Wastewater Management's Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Program:
The U.S. EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management has made available $400,000 in technical assistance for communities interested in implementing green infrastructure to protect water quality and build more sustainable communities.
(2014 Applications were due Jan. 24, 2014.)
Communities across the country are interested in implementing green infrastructure to protect water quality, provide ecosystem services, increase resiliency to climate change, create economic opportunities, and support a high quality of life. Many communities, however, lack the tools, resources, or information to achieve these goals. As part of EPA's commitment to engaging with local communities, EPA is offering direct assistance to communities interested in implementing green infrastructure. This technical assistance will serve both to advance the adoption of green infrastructure programs in selected communities and to develop knowledge and tools that can be transferred to other communities and to a national audience.
The value of the EPA assistance available in 2014 is approximately $400,000, and EPA anticipates providing assistance to 5 to 7 communities. Interested communities are encouraged to respond to our Request for Letters of Interest. If additional funding becomes available, EPA may return to the applicant pool identified through this request to select additional recipient communities.
Learn more about this opportunity here.
Hudson River Valley Greenway Grants:
This site provides information on funding opportunities for municipalities and partner organizations.
The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts (LHCCD) is comprised of eleven soil and water conservation districts working together to conserve water quality and natural resources in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. The counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Columbia, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester and NYC each have a soil and water conservation district. Each district's professional staff work with public and private landowners to protect and enhance water quality, reduce erosion, prevent pollution and preserve natural resources. The LHCCD provides a listing of available funding sources that can be used for green infrastructure retrofits.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Request for Proposals for
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program:
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced an RFP for Five-Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants. The grant
program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. This opportunity is sponsored in part by the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, to improve urban water quality, increase public access and restore riparian habitat and urban forests in developed watersheds throughout the United States.
Also in this RFP, EPA makes funding available through its Five Star Program for on-the-ground restoration projects that include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream and/or coastal habitat restoration. For more information please visit EPA’s Five Star Website at:
There is a webinar about the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program for potential applicants on Thursday, December 5 (2-3:30 pm EDT). The webinar will review the RFP and provide an overview of the program. First time applicants and anyone with questions about the RFP are strongly encouraged to participate in the webinar. Registration information can be found on the website at http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Association of Counties, and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E, have created a combined total funding opportunity for the 2014 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program of approximately $1,800,000. Applications for the 2014 RFP were due online in Easygrants by Wednesday, February 5, 2014. See the RFP to learn more about using Easygrants.
NYCDEP Grant Program for Private Property Owners:
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection offers a Green Infrastructure Grant Program for private property owners in Combined Sewer areas of New York City. The minimum requirement is to manage 1” of stormwater runoff from the contributing impervious area. If selected, DEP will provide funds for the design and construction of the green infrastructure system. Eligible projects include blue roofs, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement and rainwater harvesting on private property in combined sewer areas.
NYS Assembly Grants Action News:
This provides a monthly update on available state, federal and private grants.
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Grants:
This page provides information on competitive grants for environmental protection and improvement, which are available to municipalities, community organizations, not-for-profit organizations and others. In addition, information about potential funding under section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act can be found here.
NYS Department of State (DOS) Grants:
This resource page provides information on grant opportunities offered by the NYS DOS.
NYS Department of State, Office of Communities & Waterfronts:
This resource page provides information on the NYS Environmental Protection Fund's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).
NYSERDA - Focus on Water and Wastewater: These programs are designed to assist municipalities in making sound energy decisions about their water and wastewater treatment facilities, including support for customized energy evaluations through the FlexTech Program, capital incentives for the installation of energy-efficient equipment and processes through the Existing Facilities Program, and support for developing and demonstrating innovative technologies. Additional funding opportunities through NYSERDA can be found here.
Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF): The WERF funds water quality research on behalf of its subscribers and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. The WERF awards funding through a competitive process, coordinating the funding under contract through a staff-assigned program manager. All qualified entities -- including international organizations and disadvantaged business enterprises -- are encouraged to submit research proposals.