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NYSG & NYDEC Announce $200K Available for Great Lakes Resilience Projects
NY Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program - Press Release

Looking out on eastern Lake Ontario from Moon Beach in Sterling, NY. Photo: Heather Weitzner/NYSG

$25,000 Grants Will Protect NY Great Lakes, Drive Economic Development


Katherine Bunting-Howarth, NY Sea Grant Associate Director, P: 607.255.2832, E:

Kevin Frazier, NYS DEC, P: 518.402.8000

Kara Lynn Dunn, NYSG Great Lakes Publicist, P: 315.465.7578, E:

Ithaca, NY, July 10, 2017 - New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the availability of funding for Great Lakes resilience projects. Up to $25,000 per project is available from the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program administered by New York Sea Grant in partnership with DEC.

Eligible projects must use a complete ecosystem-based approach rather than a single issue or single species focus, incorporate stakeholder participation, and address key priorities in the New York Great Lakes Action Agenda to enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity through restoration, protection, and improved resource management. Stated goals include conserving and restoring native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats to achieve and sustain resilient ecosystems and vibrant economies.

“The projects these grants will support will strengthen the environment and economy of New York’s Great Lakes basin. They underlie the importance of a strong Environmental Protection Fund. The historic investments Governor Cuomo has made in the EPF are protecting and improving New York’s unmatched natural resources,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

“This small grants program supports local stakeholder-driven projects that apply holistic approaches to meet pressing problems and opportunities for protecting our natural resources, environmental quality, and economic development,” said New York Sea Grant Associate Director and Cornell University Cooperative Extension Assistant Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Ithaca, NY.

Not-for-profit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, regional planning and environmental commissions, and educational institutions, including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply.

The New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is funded through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and Article 14 of Environmental Conservation Law.

More Info: Small Grants Program - How to Apply

New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program application instructions are online at

For information regarding previously funded projects, see

Webinars to help applicants will be available on July 19 and August 16. For webinar registration, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

Proposals must be submitted by September 22, 2017.

More Info: New York Sea Grant & NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Manhattan, in the Hudson Valley through Cooperative Extension in Kingston and at Brooklyn College. 

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