The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation is pleased to announce the application period is open for the Green Innovation Grant (GIGP) and Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) programs. Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the available funding through the launch of Round 12 of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).
As part of Round 12, EFC announces the availability of up to $15 million for GIGP and $3 million for EPG. Applications must be submitted through the CFA website no later than Friday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
“These grants will help enable water quality projects in communities of need across our state and help these areas make sewer and stormwater upgrades that will last a lifetime,” EFC President & CEO Maureen A. Coleman said. “EFC encourages low-income and environmentally burdened communities to apply for these funds. Funding through these programs has historically been awarded to disadvantaged communities and EFC is committed to ensuring that continues.”
Green Innovation grants are awarded annually to projects that improve water quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through the implementation of green practices, including green stormwater infrastructure, energy efficiency, water efficiency and environmental innovation.
Engineering Planning Grants help eligible communities afford and start the critical planning process so they can be better prepared to seek financing to help them complete their sewer infrastructure projects. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to develop an engineering report that identifies water quality problems and potential solutions. These grants have helped municipalities across the state complete 350 engineering reports since the program’s inception in 2012.
More details about eligibility and application information are available at the following on EFC’s website:
New York's Commitment to Water Quality
New York continues to increase investments in clean water infrastructure projects. Governor Hochul in April announced $638 million was awarded to communities statewide to fund clean water infrastructure projects through the WIIA and IMG programs.
Under the leadership of Governor Hochul, the Enacted Budget authorizes an additional $1.2 billion, for a total of $4.2 billion, for the landmark Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act. This historic initiative, to be taken up by voters later this year, will provide the support New York needs to provide safe water to drink, invest in critical water infrastructure, restore environmental habitats, reduce flood risks, and preserve our outdoor spaces and local farms. It will also enable investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will reduce air pollution, lower carbon emissions and improve the ability of New York communities to withstand the climate-driven increase in severe weather events and flooding. The Bond Act will also support a substantial investment in the Clean Green Schools initiative that will reach every public school located in a disadvantaged community.
In addition to the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, the Budget includes a record $400 million Environmental Protection Fund to support climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, improve agricultural resources to promote sustainable agriculture, protect our water sources, advance conservation efforts, and provide recreational opportunities for New Yorkers. The budget also included another $500 million in clean water infrastructure funding, bringing the State's total clean water investment to $4.5 billion since 2017.