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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Mohawk River Watershed Grants

$500,000 In Grants Available for Mohawk River Watershed Projects

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that $500,000 in grant funding is available to municipalities, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, school districts, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations to implement the goals and objectives of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. Grant awards ranging from $15,000 to $100,000 are available for the following project types:

  • Projects that promote flood hazard risk reduction and enhanced flood resiliency within the Mohawk River Watershed
  • Projects that improve stewardship and stakeholder engagement within the Mohawk River Watershed through education, outreach and collaboration
  • Projects that seek to conserve, protect or enhance fish, wildlife and associated aquatic and riparian habitats within the Mohawk River Watershed

To be eligible, all projects must have defined measurable outcomes or deliverables that can be completed within two years of contract approval and MUST be located within the geographic boundaries of the Mohawk River Watershed.

Applications for Mohawk River Watershed Grants Round 5 must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on January 21, 2020


Essential to the successful implementation of the goals of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda is engagement of local partners and providing the tools necessary to encourage preservation and protection of the Mohawk River watershed through local projects. Since 2012, DEC’s Mohawk River Basin Program has awarded more than $400,000 in grant funds for projects that specifically target the Mohawk River watershed. The inaugural round of funding offered grants up to $10,000 and were available to municipalities and not-for-profit corporations, with the stipulation that all projects be located within the boundaries of the Mohawk River watershed, facilitated implementation of the five goals and associated objectives of the Mohawk’s Action Agenda, and could be completed within one year of grant contract award. Subsequent grant opportunities offered in October of 2015 and March of 2017 targeted conserving, protecting and restoring fish, wildlife and their habitats, protecting and improving water quality, and promoting flood hazard mitigation and enhanced flood resiliency within the boundaries of the Mohawk River watershed and provided a minimum grant award was $15,000 and a maximum of $50,000, and allowed two years for project implementation and completion.