Hudson River Foundation: Mark B. Bain Graduate Fellowship applications due April 19
In 2021, the Foundation will award up to six full-time research fellowships to advanced graduate students conducting research on the Hudson River system. Projects must be relevant to the Hudson River and Watershed and focused on topics related to the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the River, or address social, economic, or public policy issues, including issues related to environmental justice.A fellowship awarded to a doctoral student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $19,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000. A fellowship awarded to a master’s level student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $15,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000.
Open Space Institute: Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Awards applications due April 19
The McHenry Awards are grants awarded each year to four exceptional young leaders in the fields of environmental conservation, historic preservation, healthy communities, the arts, and tourism. The awards, of up to $5,000 each, provide financial support for undergraduate and graduate students to pair with nonprofit organizations or college professors and execute exemplary projects in the Hudson River Valley. The project itself may be a summer internship or a yearlong endeavor.
NYWEA: Work in Water Internship applications due April 30
As part of the Work in Water grant that New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) received from the Water Environment Federation, they are looking to provide internships for high school students at eight utilities this summer. Interns will learn about water quality management, see first hand the skills, technology and people working to ensure the water we use is recycled properly.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Mid-Hudson YES Program applications due May 21
The 2021 Young Environmental Scientists (YES) program is a paid opportunity for high school students to undertake hands-on watershed research in teams, under the mentorship of scientists, high school teachers, and undergraduates. Students will learn about their local environment while gaining experience forming and testing a research question, analyzing data, and communicating what they find. This is a paid 3-week research opportunity and will include field and lab components. It will run from July 26-August 13.
Riverkeeper: Upriver/Mohawk Civics & Community Stewardship Coordinator
The Upriver/Mohawk River Civics and Community Stewardship Coordinator will carry out the Community Partnerships program strategies and tactics to advance Riverkeeper’s campaign and policy work, to activate and support a broad range of grassroots community advocates and municipal leaders, particularly in communities that are historically disempowered or overburdened by environmental harms, to organize and convene in order to address issues in the Upriver and Mohawk watershed.
Mohonk Consultations: Part-time Freelance Program Coordinator
Mohonk Consultations Inc., a nonprofit based at Mohonk Mountain House that presents programs related to sustainability, the environment, and peacebuilding, seeks an organized, detail-oriented, experienced freelance program coordinator. The primary function of this role is to support the managing board of directors in publicizing and presenting programs. The selected candidate will work closely with the board on program development and execution, website maintenance, and communication with the press and public. Programs will be virtual until in-person programming can resume at Mohonk Mountain House.
NYS Urban Forestry Council: Part-Time Equity & Justice Coordinator applications due April 15
The New York State Urban Forestry Council (NYSUFC) is a 501(c)3 organized formally in 1999 to advise and assist the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in executing its urban and community forestry program. The NYSUFC seeks a part-time Equity & Justice Coordinator to develop, champion, and roll out a nascent Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy. Under the leadership and expertise of the Equity & Justice Coordinator, our ultimate goal is to integrate equity into every aspect of our work, including membership, Board participation, programs, funding and grant allocation, education, and the annual New York ReLeaf Conference.
NYS DEC: Buffer in a Bag applications due April 12
Through Buffer in a Bag, NYSDEC's Trees for Tribs and the Saratoga Tree Nursery provide landowners with a free bag of bare-root trees and shrubs to enhance a streamside area on their property. Private and public landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat. To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State with at least 50 feet that borders a stream, river, or lake, and provide photos or a map of the planting location. This program is available for all landowners in New York State, including the Hudson River Estuary watershed.
NYS DOT: Bridge NY Program applications due April 14 (culverts) and May 5 (bridges)
The NYS Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the BRIDGE NY funding program, which will help local governments over the next two years restore and replace bridges and culverts statewide. These infrastructure investments will enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses in every region of the State and provide support for making communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Draft applications must be received by April 14, for culvert projects and by May 5 for bridge projects.
USDA: Urban and Community Forestry National Challenge Cost Share Grant Program due April 16
The USDA Forest Service seeks innovative (new, cutting-edge or builds upon existing studies) grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address urban and community forest resilience and aligns with one or more applicable goals in the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). 2021 grant categories include: Increasing Resiliency of Urban Forests through Reforestation and Management and Planning Disaster Mitigation Strategies for Urban Forests. Applicants are required to contact their Forest Service Regional Program Managers prior to applying so they may provide program guidance and address application questions.
Hudsonia Ltd. & Hudson River Estuary Program: Application for Training and Technical Assistance on Critical Environmental Areas due April 30
Hudsonia Ltd., in partnership with the Hudson River Estuary Program, is pleased to offer a training and technical assistance opportunity for communities in the ten-county Hudson River estuary watershed that wish to designate a Critical Environmental Area (CEA). Hudsonia and Estuary Program staff will guide a working group of community representatives through the steps necessary to identify, delineate, and describe a CEA, and to seek adoption by the municipality. Assistance will be provided with drafting the map and description for a proposed CEA. This assistance is available at no cost. To be eligible to apply, the community must have completed a local natural resources inventory, open space plan, or similar project identifying conservation priorities.
Hudson River Valley Greenway: Planning and Trails Grant applications due May 7, September 10, & November 8
The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to develop plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Higher amounts are awarded for intermunicipal projects. Plans can include natural resource inventories, open space plans, comprehensive plans, and more. The Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trails Grant Program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects.
US EPA: The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program applications due May 7
The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issue(s) at the local level. The EJCPS Program requires selected applicants, or recipients, to use the EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model as part of their projects.
US EPA: Environmental Justice Small Grants Program applications due May 7
The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $50,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute.
NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: Cornell Climate-adaptive Design Studio Host Community Letter of Interest due May 10
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program announces an opportunity for Hudson riverfront municipalities to host the Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture’s Climate-adaptive Design Studio during the fall of 2021.The semester-long studio links students in landscape architecture with Hudson Riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for thriving, climate-resilient waterfront areas. Community stakeholders take part throughout the studio semester to help inform the design process and support practical results. An informational webinar will be held on Monday, April 12 at 1:30 pm. Webinar registration at: tinyurl.com/CaDstudio
NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: Local Stewardship Planning Grants applications due June 2
This funding will help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000, with 15% match. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Eligible projects advance four categories of projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies, and/or design:
- Hudson River shoreline communities to adapt land uses and decision-making to factor in climate change, flooding, heat, drought, and sea-level rise projections;
- Making water infrastructure more resilient to flooding and/or sea-level rise;
- Watershed and source water management planning (including assessing and monitoring water quality, developing a watershed characterization, and planning and designing water quality improvement projects); and
- Conservation of natural resources by creating a natural resources inventory, open space inventory/index, open space plan, conservation overlay zone, open space funding feasibility study, or connectivity plan.
NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: River Education Grants due June 2
Approximately $200,000 is available to support projects 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. The funding may be used to design, equip and/or construct educational facilities (including signage, exhibits, and river-focused art installations), support development of plans or curriculum, purchase of equipment, and/or development of web sites or mobile phone apps. The minimum grant award is $10,500, and the maximum grant amount is $40,000, with 15% match.
NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: River Access Grants due June 2
Approximately $200,000 is available in the RFA for River Access for projects along the shoreline of the Hudson estuary, including the tidal portion of its tributaries, that provide new or improved accessibility at new or existing access sites for boating, fishing, swimming, and/or wildlife-dependent recreation. The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum grant amount is $50,000, with 15% match. This funding is from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).
NYS DEC: Applications for funding to support eligible dam repairs due June 11
DEC is now accepting applications for grants to assist with technical, planning, design, and other pre-construction activities associated with the rehabilitation of eligible dams classified as High Hazard dams. Local governmental entities and municipalities, including but not limited to counties, cities, towns, and villages, and not-for-profit corporations with dam projects in New York State are eligible to apply. Projects must be in a county with an approved hazard mitigation plan. Projects and applicants must meet additional eligibility criteria as described in the Request for Applications. A total of $650,000 in grants is available, with awards up to $100,000 per project. Funding is provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) grant program.
Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center: Planning for Drinking Water and Wastewater Projects webinar on April 5 at 1:00 PM
Plan a successful drinking water or wastewater project! Join the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center to learn directly from state and federal funding agency representatives. In this webinar, we will focus on the planning process for water infrastructure projects, the Intended Use Plan, and available engineering planning grants. Presenters include representatives from USDA Rural Development, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, NYS Departments of Environmental Conservation, Health, Homes & Community Renewal, and State. This webinar is part of the "Planning and Funding Municipal Water Infrastructure: Webinar Series for Local Leaders"
RCAP Solutions: Wastewater Options for Small Communities webinar on April 22 at 6:00 PM
Join RCAP Solutios for an online workshop for municipal and community leaders, boards, residents, and planners on wastewater strategies for small communities. This workshop includes a virtual tour of several small systems installed in recent years in eastern New York and presentations by experienced planners and designers from Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority, Lamont Engineers, Tighe & Bond, and RCAP Solutions.