The federal stimulus bill provided $432 million for clean water infrastructure projects in NY State, and required that 20% ($86 million) be set-aside specifically for green stormwater infrastructure — i.e., projects that maintain, restore, or mimic natural systems to infiltrate, evapotranspirate, or recycle stormwater – as well as water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative projects. DEC just posted information about its new “Green Innovation Grant Program” that will administer the set-aside funds. Government and non-government entities are both eligible to apply. Proposed projects must be “shovel-ready” to start construction by Jan. 1, 2010. Applications are due May 9th.
The full public notice is available here (skip to the middle of the page) — http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20090325_not0.html.
[See update posted 4/13 -- application materials now available online; deadline extended to 5/29 (http://www.nysefc.org/home/index.asp?page=688]