New Funding Opportunity a Highlight of Virtual Long Island Sound Workshop
Long Island Sound Study - News

Contacts:

Elizabeth Hornstein, Sustainable and Resilient Communities (SRC) Specialist, Suffolk County, E: eeh78@cornell.edu

Sarah Schaefer-Brown, SRC Specialist, Nassau County, E: scs292@cornell.edu 

Sara Powell, SRC Specialist, Westchester County, E: slp285@cornell.edu 


Local Municipalities and Community Organizations Encouraged to Submit for Resilience Grants

Stony Brook, NY, November 11, 2022 — Registration is still open for the “1st Annual Long Island Sound (LIS) Sustainable & Resilient Communities Workshop”, which will be held virtually at 12:30 pm on December 1st. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/LISResilience

The event, during which a new LIS Resilience Grant Writing Assistance Program will be highlighted, will bring together local government, Indigenous, tribal, and community leaders, nonprofits, and other stakeholders from New York and Connecticut to learn more about opportunities to increase the resilience of coastal Long Island Sound communities to various environmental challenges. 

Sessions will include: tips for success with Long Island Sound funding opportunities, information on a new grant-writing assistance program, and breakouts for focused discussion on shoreline planning, using green infrastructure for stormwater management, strategic climate planning/relocation, and new tools for NY and CT communities.

A final agenda for the workshop will be shared with registrants leading up to the event.

More Info: New LISS Grant Writing Assistance Program Announced

The intent of the LIS Resilience Grant Writing Assistance Program — funded via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) — is to reduce staffing and capacity barriers that municipalities and community organizations may face when applying for competitive funding opportunities, help communities develop successful sustainable and resilience focused project grant applications, and for municipalities and community organizations to develop capacity for navigating the funding landscape.

Sustainable and resilience focused projects will be awarded in a range of $5,000- $9,950 per application (with no match required) that will impact a community(ies) within or partially within the Long Island Sound coastal boundary — within Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk counties, Western Connecticut, and Eastern Connecticut.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all available funding is allocated, which may be no later than September 30th, 2023.  

Additionally, separate virtual informational webinars will be held related to the program, one for NY applicants and one for CT applicants:

NY Applicant Informational Webinar - December 7th, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm — Register for the Zoom Webinar

CT Applicant Informational Webinar - December 13th, 2022 2:00 - 3:00 pm Register for the Webex Webinar


For more information, attend the upcoming workshop or contact LISresilience@gmail.com

More Info: Sea Grant's LIS Specialists

In New York, three New York Sea Grant Sustainable and Resilient Communities [https://longislandsoundstudy.net/our-vision-and-plan/sustainable-and-resilient-communities/] (SRC) extension professionals are working to strengthen the network of sustainable and resilient communities along the Long Island Sound in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. Additionally, two outreach coordinators work in the Sound’s basin on Long Island, in New York City and into Westchester County.

These five specialists in New York, plus two SRC extension professionals in Connecticut (via Connecticut Sea Grant), support Long Island Sound Study efforts throughout the Sound's basin. The team represents a commitment to prepare for and mitigate the effects of environmental and economic challenges posed by the effects of climate change and to expand community engagement along the Long Island Sound.

For more, see "New Sea Grant Specialists in NY and CT Help Expand LI Sound Study's Basin-wide Sound Efforts". 

More Info: Long Island Sound Study

Long Island Sound is one of the 28 nationally designated estuaries under the National Estuary Program (NEP), which was established by Congress in 1987 to improve the quality of Long Island Sound and other places where rivers meet the sea. 

The Long Island Sound Study is a cooperative effort involving researchers, regulators, user groups and other concerned organizations and individuals, and is led by the Environmental Protection Agency and the states of New York and Connecticut. 

In recent years, LISS has experienced a period of rapid expansion attributed to the increased federal funding for the program, and to implement actions, objectives, and goals established under a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The increase is grounded in the CCMP’s four overarching themes: Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds, Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife, Sustainable and Resilient Communities, and Sound Science and Inclusive Management.  Resilience to climate change, long-term sustainability, and environmental justice, are principles that connect to all four of the themes.

For more on what you can do to make a difference, click over to the "Get Involved" or "Stewardship" sections of the LISS's website. News on the LISS can also be found in NYSG's related archives.

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