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NY Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program - Press Release

Alexandria Bay is located in Jefferson County in the Thousand Islands region of northern New York. Credit: Paul C. Focazio/NYSG.

Grants now available to support projects that engage youth in implementing Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities

2021 Applications for Funding Due April 30


Dave White, NYSG Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist, E:, P: (315) 312-3042

Kara Lynn Dunn, NYSG's Freelance Great Lakes Publicist, E:, P: (315) 465-7578

Megan Gollwitzer, NYSDEC, Region 9 Buffalo, E:, P: (716) 851-7201

Oswego, NY, March 23, 2021 - New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), today announced funding is now available for projects that engage youth under the age of 21 and address local watershed challenges and New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities. A total of $200,000, up to $25,000 per project, in New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants will be awarded. 

“These grants provide a unique and critical opportunity for the next generation of New York’s Great Lakes stewards to become directly involved in learning about and developing smart solutions to address local watershed challenges,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “DEC looks forward to continuing to partner with New York Sea Grant to implement the solutions that will protect and enhance the Great Lakes for generations to come.”  
“We are excited to see applications for innovative projects that include New York’s Great Lakes’ region youth in activities that will increase their awareness and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues,” said New York Sea Grant Associate Director and Cornell University Cooperative Extension Assistant Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, PhD, JD, Ithaca, N.Y. 

Educational institutions including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, not-for-profit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, and regional planning and environmental commissions are eligible to apply. Projects can include outdoor and in-classroom education, hands-on training, and formal and informal educational settings.

Applications are due by April 30, 2021; for instructions, see RFP (pdf). For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

New York Sea Grant administers the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program in partnership with DEC. This small grants program is funded by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. Visit NYSDEC website for more information on New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda. More information on New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants projects  available at you'll find additional New York Great Lakes-related information at

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, University at 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 Elmsford and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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