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Buffalo Young Environmental Leaders Program students review the concept of a watershed and sources of water pollution as part of a NYGLB small grant-funded project completed by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper (BNW). Credit: BNW


Megan Kocher, NYSG Great Lakes Outreach Coordinator, E:, P: (716) 645-3011

NYSG, in partnership with NYS DEC, administers New York’s Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program to benefit diverse coastal stakeholders, including youth

Buffalo, NY, March 23, 2023 - New York’s Great Lakes Basin (NYGLB) Small Grants Program is designed to support projects that take an ecosystem-based management approach to implementing the goals of New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). With a GLAA goal typically highlighted in each round of funding, since the program’s inception in 2015 the NYGLB Small Grants Program has funded 46 projects, totaling approximately $2 million, that aim to restore and revitalize the state’s Great Lakes region.

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) administers the NYGLB Small Grants program in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). NYSG and DEC awarded grants to projects that would both address goals of the GLAA and engage youth in educational experiences on environmental and conservation topics in 2021. 

In December 2022, the eight projects, receiving a total of $204,801, were marked complete, having provided fun, creative and interactive opportunities for students to engage in environmental literacy and stewardship. The projects were conducted throughout New York’s Great Lakes watershed, spanning from Buffalo to Alexandria Bay.

Through formal and non-formal education, these projects receiving NYGLB small grants helped to increase Great Lakes environmental awareness and knowledge in our youth and provided them with the necessary skills to make informed decisions about environmental issues and careers.

Partners: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Funding: New York State Environmental Protection Fund under authority of the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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