Wednesday July 12, 2017

NY Sea Grant, DEC fund Great Lakes Resilience Projects

$25,000 grants to protect Great Lakes, drive economic development


    New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the availability of $200,000 in funding for Great Lakes resilience projects.


    Up to $25,000 per project is available from the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program administered by New York Sea Grant in partnership with the DEC.



    Webinars to help applicants will be available on July 19 and Aug. 16. For webinar registration, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.


    Eligible projects must use a complete ecosystem-based approach rather than a single issue or single species focus, must incorporate stakeholder participation, and address key priorities in the New York Great Lakes Action Agenda to enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity through restoration, protection, and improved resource management.


    Stated goals include conserving and restoring native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats to achieve and sustain resilient ecosystems and vibrant economies.


    “The projects these grants will support will strengthen the environment and economy of New York’s Great Lakes basin. They underlie the importance of a strong Environmental Protection Fund. The historic investments Governor Cuomo has made in the EPF are protecting and improving New York’s unmatched natural resources,’ said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.


    “This small grants program supports local stakeholder-driven projects that apply holistic approaches to meeting pressing problems and opportunities for protecting our natural resources, environmental quality, and economic development,’ said New York Sea Grant Associate Director and Cornell University Cooperative Extension Assistant Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth.


    Nonprofit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, 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.


    The New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is funded through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and Article 14 of the Environmental Conservation Law.