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$460,000 available for projects addressing local watershed challenges in Great Lakes basin

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced the availability of $460,000 in funding for projects that address local watershed challenges through an ecosystem-based management approach. The funding, known as the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants, will support projects that align with the goals of New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda and address specific actions related to water quality, natural resources, or sustainable land use outlined in locally supported plans. Projects can receive up to $50,000 in funding.

“Ecosystem restoration helps to strengthen the resiliency of these important natural resources and also provides additional recreational and economic opportunities,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Through this grant program, we are able to both sustain and build upon the environmental progress we have made in the Great Lakes region and protect these vital waters for future generations.”

Eligible applicants include county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, regional planning and environmental commissions, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions such as public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. EST on March 1, 2023 and can be found at For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at 716-645-3611.

The New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is funded by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), which has recently seen an increase in funding from $300 million to $400 million, the highest level in the program’s history. The EPF supports a range of initiatives, including climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, sustainable agriculture, water source protection, conservation efforts, and recreational opportunities for New Yorkers.