Montezuma works with Parks & Trails New York to improve Heritage Park

In 2011, the Town of Montezuma received word it had been selected by Parks & Trails, NY to receive technical assistance from staff through their Healthy Trails, Healthy People program. This program is aimed at helping New Yorkers develop more active communities with recreational, economic and quality of life benefits.

Read more at the Montezuma Historical Society’s blog:


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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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.