NEW YORK – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $87 million in grants are available to municipalities and not-for-profit corporations for water quality improvement projects. The program provides grants for projects that improve water quality, protect drinking water sources, reduce polluted runoff, and restore habitats in New York’s waterbodies. The grants are administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and made available through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
“New York is leading with critical investments in water infrastructure that protect long-term health, sustainability, and economic viability of communities across the state,”Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will help ensure our communities have the resources necessary to protect our precious natural assets and help build a stronger, healthier and more prosperous Empire State for all.”
Municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and not-for-profit corporations are eligible to apply for the water quality improvement grants. Recipients can be reimbursed 40 to 85 percent of the project costs, depending on the type of project. Funding is available for:
“Access to clean water is critical to the health and safety of our communities,” DEC Commissioner Seggos said. “With Governor Cuomo’s leadership, millions of dollars are being invested to protect and restore invaluable water resources statewide. We encourage eligible communities to apply for funding.”
Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, “I’m pleased that the state continues to provide vital funding to help localities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, undertake critical water infrastructure and water quality improvement projects. We’re hopeful that ongoing state assistance will prove successful in helping localities complete vital projects including sewer and pipeline repairs. We’re also hopeful that it can represent a long-term model for how the state-local partnership can be strengthened for the good of local environments, local economies and local property taxpayers by helping municipalities meet critical infrastructure needs while remaining within the property tax cap.”
Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation said, “Water quality protection should be one of our top priorities and I am pleased that this round of Water Quality Improvement Program funding not only focuses on infrastructure like pipes, but also recognizes the importance of preventing contamination by funding natural infrastructure items like land acquisition projects.”
Primarily funded by the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 and Environmental Protection Fund, the grants will be awarded for a variety of projects, including:
More information about project eligibility and how to apply is available on DEC’s website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html.
Pre-application workshops will be held statewide. The workshop schedule and additional information is available on the REDC website http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/. All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related questions answered are encouraged to attend.
Eligible applicants can apply for WQIP funding through the Consolidated Funding Application https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.