Grant Opportunities

Published on May 22nd, 2015 | by GrowWNYAdmin




The Greenway Ecological Standing Committee is accepting applications for ecologically based projects through June 2, 2015.  For  more details please click here, or read on.


The Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, one of four standing committees established by settlement agreements to distribute New York Power Authority funds for Niagara River Greenway projects, has set the following dates for submitting applications to the Greenway Ecological Fund in 2015:

Cycle 1: Application deadline: February 3; funding decisions by March 24.

Cycle 2: Application deadline: June 2; funding decisions by July 21.

Funding will be for projects that create and support ecological enhancements within the Niagara Greenway. Projects should support at least one of the following: land acquisition/conservation; habitat research; aquatic and terrestrial land restoration for habitat/species benefits and/or ecosystem services; ecological stewardship activities and education. Multiple-year projects up to 3 years will be considered.

Applicants must be from one of the following entities within the Buffalo–Niagara Region:

  • A not-for-profit corporation with IRS determination as a 501c3 entity;
  • A city, town village, county or Indian Nation located in the area defined by the Greenway Plan;
  • A public benefit corporation organized under the laws of New York State.

Proposals must provide written documentation of consistency with the Greenway Plan, as determined by the Niagara River Greenway Commission any time prior to submission to the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee for funding. Other factors to be addressed include engineering and maintenance feasibility, operation, biological effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. For a full description of criteria and eligibility requirements, see

“Award Guidelines and Application Requirements”

The Greenway Ecological Standing Committee includes the New York Power Authority, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tuscarora Nation, the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Niagara Relicensing Environmental Coalition. The Committee has one million dollars per year for 50 years available from the Greenway Ecological Fund. Projects funded so far range between $50,000 and $300,000 per year.


For submission of a proposal contact Tim DePriest, NYS DEC and Chair of the Standing Committee, at 716-851-7010 or

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