$17 million is available to support water efficiency projects across New York State
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $19 million in federal grant funding is available to municipalities through the Consolidated Funding Application.
This is for infrastructure projects that protect or improve water quality, reported the New York State website. The funding is made available through the Green Innovation Grant Program and Engineering Planning Grant Program.
Funding through the Green Innovation Grant Program will support projects aimed at improving water quality and mitigating the effects of climate change through the implementation of green storm water infrastructure. There are also energy and water efficiency efforts.
The Engineering Planning Grant Program funding will help municipalities pay for the initial planning of water quality projects.
"Clean water and strong infrastructure are important backbones of any thriving community and New York has worked hard to ensure localities have the resources they need to strengthen and prepare their water systems for the future," said Governor Cuomo in the website's statement. "With this funding in hand, our local partners will be able to pursue projects which not only ensure communities have access to clean water, but utilize cutting-edge green technologies to complete them and improve water management overall."
Projects will be scored and evaluated by the Environmental Facilities Corporation and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The applications will be scored on several factors, including level of water quality protection or enhancement, financial need, and readiness of the community to move forward with the project, according to the state website.
Applications for both programs must be submitted through the Consolidated Funding Application website by 4 p.m., Feb. 12, 2021.
The EFC will host a webinar to present the GIGP and EPG programs Jan. 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. A recording of the webinar will be available on EFC's website.