New York's Great Lakes
Funding Opportunities
NY's Great Lakes: Funding Opportunities

Great Lakes & Watershed Restoration Grants

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.

NYSG/DEC Great Lakes small grants program

New York Sea Grant

Focus areas will support implementation of the Great Lakes Action Agenda and will be determined in part by stakeholder (workgroup) input.

New York Great Lakes Protection Fund Small Grants (NYGLPF)

Great Lakes Research Consortium

Seed money for new, cooperative approaches to researching and protecting the environmental quality of the Great Lakes.

Sustain Our Great Lakes

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Habitat restoration; de-listing of habitat-related Beneficial Use Impairments.

NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program Project Grants under the GLRI in AOCs


Habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC).

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Grants


Restoration, research and regional projects to support conservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin.

Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership


Tributary stream restoration or protection to improve fish and aquatic species passage and riparian habitat.

Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

Great Lakes Commission

Projects to reduce sediment and nutrient pollution in the Great Lakes.

Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry GLRI

USDA Forest Service

Address near-shore health, nonpoint source pollution, and toxic substances that impact water quality in AOC’s.



Federal – Multiple Agencies

Search and apply for federal grants.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program


US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Wetland reserve and agricultural land easements.

Environmental Quality and Incentives Program (EQIP)


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

Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Project Grants


Coastal habitat restoration that support species recovery and sustainable fish populations or their prey.

NOAA Marine Debris Removal Project Grants


Grass-roots marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitats.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program


Long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated upland habitats for wetlands-associated migratory birds.

Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program; Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grant Program



Plan and implement regional resilience strategies to reduce risks of climate change; develophealthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and conservation.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants Program


Supports public-private partnerships implementing projects to protect, restore, and/or enhance wetlands and associated upland habitats for wetlands-associated migratory birds.

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.

USFS Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Grants

USDA Forest Service

Funding supports implementation of Best Management Practices for forestry and other priorities identified in the NYS Forest Action Plan.

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.



Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)

NYS – Multiple Agencies

Access multiple economic development funding opportunities through a single application. Green infrastructure, waterfront revitalization, municipal parks, wastewater infrastructure, canalway grants etc.

Water Quality Improvement Project  (WQIP) Grants


Nonagricultural nonpoint source abatement and control, municipal wastewater treatment, aquatic habitat restoration, municipal separate storm sewer systems.

Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP)

Environmental Facilities Corporation

‘Green’ stormwater infrastructure design and technologies.

Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant


Engineering and planning services to support construction/improvement of municipal wastewater systems.

Cleaner Greener Communities – Phase II


Smart growth, emissions reduction projects consistent with CGC Phase I Regional Sustainability Plans and REDC Strategic Plans.

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program


Community and watershed planning and implementation grants funding watershed management, redevelopment, resiliency, revitalization, and tourism development projects.

EPF Municipal Grant Program


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

***Funding-related information was presented as part of a Great Lakes Basin Webinar Series in spring 2014.  These presentations can be accessed here.

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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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