The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week the release of funds earmarked for projects that will help conserve and better the Hudson River Estuary, opening submissions for proposals that could receive between $10,500 and $375,000.
Approximately $350,000 in funding has been made available for “Local Stewardship Planning,” which covers projects including the management and adaptation of land and practices to better prevent water level changes resulting from flooding, drought, and climate change, among other factors. The grant application deadline is July 11 at 3 p.m.
Around $950,000 has also been allocated for proposals related to river access (improvements to fishing/swimming/boating/wildlife sites, storm resiliency, etc.), of which $750,000 is specifically reserved for projects within the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. The deadline for these project proposals is 3 p.m. on August 22.
$165,000 or so will additionally been set aside to fund projects relating to environmental education regarding the estuary along the length of the Hudson, and broadening the availability of existing programs. The deadline for these proposals is also 3 p.m. on August 22.
For questions and guidelines concerning submitting proposals, and for proposal forms, click here.