NYSDEC Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant program was established in 2016 to provide 50/50 matching grants to cities, towns, villages, and counties of the State of New York for eligible climate change mitigation, adaptation, and planning and assessment projects.

Eligible Recipients:
All municipalities, defined as a county, city, town, village, or borough (referring only to Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) within the State of New York are eligible to apply to the CSC Grant program. Political subdivisions such as municipal corporations, school districts, district corporations, boards of cooperative educational services, fire districts, public benefit corporations, industrial development authorities, and similar organizations are not eligible to apply, however, may apply in partnership with an eligible lead municipality. See request for application for details.

Eligible Projects:

Funds are available for two broad project categories – implementation and certification. The first project category supports implementation projects related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (mainly outside the power sector) and climate change adaptation. The second supports planning and assessment projects aligned with Climate Smart Communities certification actions

Funding Source:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Funding Amount:
Provide 50/50 matching grants for:
Implementation Projects where up to $12 million is available in 2022 for implementation grants of between $50,000 and $2,000,000 for mitigation and adaptation projects;
Certification Projects where up to $2,000,000 is available in 2022 for grants of between $10,000 and $200,000 to complete certain CSC certification actions.

The deadline for the 2023 round is July 28, 2023. Applications are accepted only through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)

NYSDEC | Office of Climate Change
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