New York's Great Lakes
Funding Opportunities

NY's Great Lakes: Funding Opportunities (to implement Great Lakes Restoration Actions)

Updated: November 2019

Note: Consider referencing NY’s Great Lakes Action Agenda goals and/or the federal GLRI Action Plan III in your applications. 

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Opportunity Title


Focus Areas



Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Funding and initiatives for toxic substances, areas of concern, invasive species, nearshore health, non-point source pollution, habitat/wildlife protection and restoration, education/partnerships and climate change adaptation.

As funding is available

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Grants

US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Restoration, research and regional projects to support conservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin. (Consult with Betsy Trometer, Lower Great Lakes USFWS)

January 7th, 2020

GLRI Cooperative Weed Management Areas

USDA Forest Service

Detect, prevent, eradicate, and/or control invasive plant species to promote resiliency, watershed stability, and biological diversity on Federal, State, or private land.

January 10th, 2020

NY's Great Lakes Basin Small Grants

 NY Sea Grant, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Support stakeholder-driven efforts to restore and revitalize the state’s Great Lakes region and demonstrate successful application of ecosystem-based management (EBM).

Available annually

Great Lakes Research Consortium Small Grants

Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC), DEC

Funding cooperative approaches to researching and protecting the environmental quality of the Great Lakes.

Typically announced in January

Sustain Our Great Lakes

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Restoring and Enhancing Stream and Riparian Habitat, restoring and enhancing Coastal Wetland Habitat, Expanding Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Great Lakes Communities, and Maintaining and Enhancing Benefits of Habitat Restoration through Invasive Species Control.         

Typically announced in January

NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Regional Partnership Program Grants

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Planning and/or on-the-ground restoration activities to restore degraded Great Lakes coastal habitat and native riverine/lacustrine species

Typically announced in January

NOAA Great Lakes Region Bay Watershed Education and Training (BWET) Grants


Supports existing environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new programs, and encourages development of partnerships among environmental education programs within watershed systems.

Typically due in July

GLRI Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Grants

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

Tree planting, green infrastructure, and forest health improvement in the Great Lakes Basin.

Typically due in June

Great Lakes Protection Fund

Great Lakes Protection Fund

Supporting innovative, results oriented projects that have basinwide impact and foster sustainable water resource management.



Agricultural Conservation Easement Program


Wetland reserve and agricultural land easements.


can apply year-round

Environmental Quality and Incentives Program (EQIP)


Financial and technical assistance to address agriculture-related natural resource concerns.

Applications accepted year-round

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program


Supports diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. 

Typically due in January

North American Wetlands Conservation Act – Small Grants and Standard grants

US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated upland habitats for wetlands-associated migratory birds. Public-private partnerships to implement projects (1:1 match).

Small Grants due  in Oct; Standard Grants due  Feb & July

National Fish Passage Program


Restore aquatic organism passage at man-made barriers including dams and culverts; Priorities: freshwater mussels, brook trout, lake sturgeon, Atlantic salmon, American eel. Contact USFWS’s Lower Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Conservation office (

Accepted year round

EPA Environmental Education Grants


Supports environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship.

January 6th, 2020


New York State Conservation Partnership Program


Eligible for land trusts, to strengthen land conservation and public outreach programs, build community partnerships and implement best business practices.

December 16th, 2019

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Source Water Buffer Program


Purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands that support protection of public drinking water supplies and implementation of riparian buffer systems, in partnerships with land trusts and/or municipalities.

Open until funds expended

DEC Trees for Tribs

School Seedling Program


Provides schools with free trees to plant on school property.

March 31st, 2020

DEC Urban and Community Forestry Grants


Assists communities in the development of comprehensive projects to create healthy urban and community forests while enhancing the quality of life for urban residents.

December 4th, 2019

Clean Energy Communities Program


Provides tools, resources and technical assistance, and supports clean energy projects for local governments.

Sept 30, 2020

Community Resiliency Training Program


Community and Municipality-based Training Events to increase resiliency to future flooding and outbreaks of harmful algal blooms in high-risk waterbodies.

Open enrollment through February 28th, 2022

NYS Invasive Species Grant Program


Aquatic invasive species spread prevention; terrestrial and aquatic invasive species rapid response and control; terrestrial and aquatic invasive research; and lake management plans

As funding is available

Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grants


Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control including green infrastructure, nature-based shoreline stabilization and riparian restoration; Municipal Wastewater Treatment; Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection; Aquatic Habitat Restoration; Salt Storage; Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.


Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning Grant


Funds planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects.


Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP)


‘Green’ stormwater infrastructure design and technologies.


Local Waterfront Revitalization Program


Community and watershed planning and implementation grants funding watershed management, redevelopment, community resiliency, revitalization, and tourism development projects including land and water-based trails.


Climate Resilient Farming Program

DAM, NYS Soil & Water Cons Committee

Projects to mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change and to enhance on-farm adaptation and resiliency (e.g. soil health, waste storage cover and flare systems, water management)

Typically September

Integrated Solutions Construction Grant Program


Projects that incorporate green infrastructure into Clean Water State Revolving Fund projects to remove stormwater from combined, sanitary, or storm sewers.


Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program

NYS Soil & Water Cons Committee

Funds support nonpoint source abatement and control projects that plan (AEM Tier III) or implement (AEM Tier IV) Ag BMPs on farms. Soil & Water Conservation Districts are eligible to apply.

Available annually

NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) Grant program


Assistance for municipalities to fund water quality infrastructure.  Grants are available for drinking water and clean water projects to improve water quality and/or protect public health.

Typically July

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant Program


Climate adaptation and mitigation projects related to flood risk reduction, extreme event preparation, reduction of vehicle miles, waste, etc. and certification projects that advance land use, planning, and assessment actions aligned with CSC certification.


EPF Grant Program for Parks, Preservation and Heritage


Acquisition, planning, development and improvement of parks, historic properties, and heritage areas.


Parks and Trails NY Stewardship Grants Program

Parks & Trails NY, OPRHP

Projects and capacity to support stewardship of public lands.

 December 3rd, 2019


Water Finance Clearinghouse (web portal)


Contains two searchable databases: 1) available funding sources for water infrastructure and 2) contains resources, such as reports, weblinks, webinars etc.


More funding opportunities:

Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance
Comprehensive planning is the essential process of defining a community’s goals and directing resources, over time, to achieve them. Through comprehensive planning, public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to promote sustainable development. The Handbook for New Yorkers Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance is an overview of grant and funding opportunities for municipalities, businesses, and community organizations statewide to undertake projects that support a region’s sustainable development goals.

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