Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from EPA

We previously reported on this blog about over $2.4 million available in grants from the United States Forest Service for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also released a request for proposals for 2014 GLRI activities. The EPA plans to award $27.5 million for up to 30 projects that will control invasive species, prevent the discharge of nutrients and sediment, and improve water quality in the Great Lakes.

More information is available online at .

Applications will be due Monday, August 25, 2014.


Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from U.S. Forest Service

The United States Forest Service has announced a grant funding opportunity for urban forestry projects in the Great Lakes Basin. Organizations active in the watershed of the Great Lakes, including Towns, Villages, and non-profits, are eligible to apply for projects to:

  • Restore urban and community forests ($120,000 total available)
  • Mitigate emerald ash borer impacts ($1,000,000 total available)
  • Reduce toxic substances in brownfield sites ($1,200,000 total available)
  • Develop ecosystem service markets ($100,000 total available)

For more information, visit the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program webpage at:

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Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) available, due June 16

Governor Cuomo Launches Fourth Round of Regional Economic Development Councils

The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process has become the primary way for businesses and local communities in New York State to get state financial support for a variety of projects, from business expansion to historic preservation planning. Individual applicants submit a CFA though an online application to their local Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), and regional councils forward recommendations and priorities to the various state agencies that provide funding. In Cayuga County, our regional council is the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

CFA materials for 2014 were released on May 1, and on the same day Regional Economic Development Councils began accepting applications through the CFA online application. Applications are due by 4 pm on Monday, June 16.
Take note: this deadline is earlier than the previous three rounds of the CFA.

To search for funding opportunities and start your application, visit

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council is offering two workshops to help prospective applicants understand the priorities and focus of this round of the CFA.

1:00 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, May 8, 2014
SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse
Register online at:

2:00 – 4:30 pm, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Cayuga Community College in Auburn
Register online at:

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Funding for Trails, Bikes, Sidewalks and More

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) announced on February 10 that applications are being accepted for funding of trails, bicycle and pedestrian projects through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
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New State Funding to Protect Farmland with Zoning Rewrites and Transfer of Development Rights Programs

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced on December 16 two new funding opportunities for Farmland Protection Implementation Projects.

Grants are available to municipalities, including cities, towns and villages, for two purposes:

  1. remove unreasonable restrictions from municipal land use and subdivision regulations, zoning, and site plan requirements pertaining to agricultural land and farm operations,
  2. establish an implementation-ready Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program for farmland protection.

Maximum funding will be $15,000 per project to a single municipality or $30,000 per project for two municipalities applying jointly. Awarded municipalities will have to provide a 25 percent local funding match. Of that match, at least 20 percent must be in cash; the rest of the match can be in-kind contributions.

A request for applications (RFA) and application materials are available on the website of the Department of Agriculture and Markets at
Look for the heading for “Farmland Protection Implementation Grants”.

It appears that applications will be accepted immediately, and will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until all $500,000 of the available state-wide funds are awarded.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets is hosting three web seminars in January to answer questions and help guide potential applicant municipalities. The dates and times of the webinars will be:

  • January 15, 2014, between 9:00am-12:30pm
  • January 22, 2014, between 9:00am-12:30pm
  • January 29, 2014, between 9:00am-12:30pm

Registration and information about the webinars is available on the Ag & Markets’s RFP web page.

For more information, contact David Behm, Farmland Protection Program Manager, at by phone at (518) 485-7729 or by email.

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Environmental Finance Center Issues an RFP for Asset Management Inventories of Water and Wastewater Systems in Rural Communities

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) of Syracuse University recently issued a RFP for rural communities to conduct an asset management inventory for their water or waste water systems. The program will award mini-grants of up to $5,000 to provide rural municipalities with the proper tools and resources to fully conduct an inventory.  An asset management inventory can serve as a useful first step for creating an asset management plan, which can then be used as a decision-making tool to aid municipalities in the development of a capital management plan. 

All proposals must be received by 5 pm on January 3, 2014. Awards will be announced no later than February 1, 2014.  Work must be completed by August 31, 2014.  For more information, visit the EFC website.

Last Round of the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) – Funding for Trails, Bikes, Sidewalks, and Other Non-Traditional Projects

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) announced on May 2 that applications are available for the last round of the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

TEP, a federally funded transportation program, is focused specifically on non-traditional transportation projects, including bicycle and pedestrian, environmental mitigation, and highway beautification projects. The 2013 application round for TEP is funded under SAFETEA-LU, the federal transportation law enacted in 2005. With the 2012 passage of MAP-21, the most recent federal transportation act, Congress formally ended TEP as a separate program. That means the 2013 application round will be the last for TEP.

Up to $30 million will be available state-wide for this application round of TEP. The program requires a 20% local match. Applicants must be municipalities (cities, towns, villages, and counties) or non-profit organizations with a municipal sponsor.

Applications will be due August 16, 2013. But before applying, applicants must attend two workshop sessions, being offered throughout the state in late May and early June.

Workshop sessions near Cayuga County include:

9 am | Wednesday, June 5
Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse

10 am | Friday, June 7
Cayuga County Natural Resource Center, 7413 County House Road in Auburn

More information available online: