NY Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)


Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: New York

Location of residency: New York

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Overview:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is continuously accepting applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community.There is no matching contribution required on the part of the grant recipient. TAGs, in the form of State Assistance Contracts (SACs), are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible "significant threat" site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program.

Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient and the community it represents understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals, and share this information with the public.  An eligible community group must certify that its membership represents the interest of the community affected by the site, and that its members' health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment are potentially threatened by the site.

The purpose of this grants is to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in the community.

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Eligibility:

  • A community group must meet all the following criteria to be eligible:
    • Be a non-responsible-party community group or non-responsible-party community group in partnership with another non-responsible-party community group;
    • Be a not-for-profit corporation having 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code;
    • Be a group whose members' health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site; and
    • Be a group whose membership represents the interests of the community affected by the eligible site.
  • Sites that are eligible for a TAG include:
    • Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (State Superfund Program significant threat sites), or
    • Sites being remediated under the State's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.
  • Eligible Activities
    • Eligible activities are those that will result in the TAG recipient obtaining independent technical assistance from a qualified environmental professional in interpreting and understanding existing environmental information about the nature and extent of contamination at the eligible site, the proposed and selected remedy and its implementation.
    • Community outreach (e.g. disseminating site related environmental information to the affected community).
  • Applicant match not required.

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Parties - The following are examples of parties that are ineligible:
    • A municipality;
    • A responsible party;
    • A community group that receives services and/or financial assistance from a responsible party or represents a responsible party;
    • A community group that is sustained, controlled by or affiliated with any person or company responsible for the contamination of the eligible site; or
    • A national or statewide group, including local chapters, unless such group can demonstrate that it meets the eligibility criteria under Eligibility.
  • Sites that are ineligible for a TAG include:
    • Sites eligible for TAGs under the federal Superfund Program (e.g. National Priorities List sites); or
    • Sites that do not meet the site eligibility criteria listed under Eligibility.