New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), has announced $400,000 in grant funding now available for Great Lakes ecosystem-based management projects in support of New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda. Awards of up to $50,000 per project will be available from the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program.
Proposed projects must address key water quality, natural resource, and resiliency priorities in New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda and should advance local priorities identified in existing community plans. Eligible projects may include planning, design, implementation, information management tool development, demonstration projects, and targeted educational outreach.
Not-for-profit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, regional planning and environmental commissions, and educational institutions including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, are eligible to apply.
Application instructions are available online, including details to register for the “how to apply” webinar on May 19th, at 10 am. Proposals must be submitted by 4:30 pm on July 1st, 2022. For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at (315) 312-3042.
The New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is administered by New York Sea Grant in partnership with DEC, and is funded by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Among the many environmental victories in the 2022-23 State Budget, Governor Hochul succeeded in enacting an increase in the EPF from $300 million to $400 million, the highest-ever level of funding in the program’s history. The EPF supports climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, improves agricultural resources to promote sustainable agriculture, protects our water sources, advances conservation efforts, and provides recreational opportunities for New Yorkers.
Examples of past New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants projects can be found online on the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program website. Eight currently funded projects are focused on engaging New York youth in environmental education and activities in their local watershed areas of the Great Lakes.
New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant College Program. Since 1971, New York Sea Grant has promoted coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources. New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices in Buffalo, Newark, and Oswego.