Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $19 million in federal grant funding is available to municipalities through the Consolidated Funding Application for infrastructure projects that protect or improve water quality.
The funding is made available through two programs — the Green Innovation Grant Program and Engineering Planning Grant Program. Funding through the Green Innovation Grant Program will support projects aimed at improving water quality and mitigating the effects of climate change through the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure, as well as energy and water efficiency efforts. The Engineering Planning Grant Program funding will help municipalities pay for the initial planning of water quality projects.
The Environmental Facilities Corporation and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will evaluate and score all projects for which applications are received based on several factors, including level of water quality protection or enhancement, financial need, and readiness of the community to proceed expeditiously with the project.
Applications for both the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) and the Engineering Planning Grant Program (EPG) funding must be submitted through the Consolidated Funding Application website by 4 p.m., Feb. 12.
EFC will host a webinar to present the GIGP and EPG programs on Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. The webinar will provide an overview of the GIGP and EPG programs, as well as guidance on how to apply for grant funds.