Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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Grant amount: US $11,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 7, 2020 12:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in New York: Clinton County, Essex County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Hamilton County Show all

Location of residency: New York

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Community Smart Growth Grants

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in cooperation with the Department of State and Adirondack Park Agency, is soliciting smart growth grant applications from Adirondack Park and Catskill Park communities and organizations. DEC seeks proposals for capital projects and community development initiatives that link environmental protection, economic development and community livability within the special conditions of the parks.

Grants will support comprehensive planning and implementation of key projects, actions and strategies identified in local plans developed by Park communities in pursuit of smart growth. Projects submitted must be consistent with the Smart Growth principles outlined in the application package. State assistance may fund up to 100 percent of approved project-related costs.

Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program

Smart growth can provide the right balance between development and preservation for Adirondack communities. The Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program supports projects that foster sustainable development, environmental protection and community livability. The program supports planning and implementation of key projects identified as priorities in plans. The program offers grant funding for counties, towns and villages that need financial or technical assistance to plan and grow successfully in the Adirondack Park.


DEC anticipates approximately $1,050,000 in funding will be made available from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for Adirondack Park projects.

Program Goals

The overarching goals of the programs include:

  • Support main streets in villages, hamlets and town centers including streetscapes, bicycle, transit and pedestrian access
  • Encourage mixed use and adaptive reuse of underutilized buildings and sites
  • Enhance community housing availability and encourage age-, income- and ethnic-integration
  • Improve waterfront access and facilities
  • Ensure environmental resource protection including watersheds, habitat, and wetland protection
  • Enhance recreation sites and public access including parks, trails, and greenways
  • Protect and manage open space, farmland, working forests and scenic resources
  • Promote and support tourism with a focus on resource-, recreation-, ecological- and heritage-based tourism and educational opportunities, including historic and cultural resources, festivals and interpretive systems
  • Build local capacity to engage in collaborative, public, stakeholder-driven planning processes

Project Examples

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing bike-friendly routes and amenities or providing shuttle services
  • Improving main street facades and refurbishing historic properties
  • Providing community-based tourism programs and activities and improving or promoting local/regional museums and theaters
  • Creating new recreational opportunities and developing multi-use trails
  • Installing informational signage and kiosks and enhancing parks and public spaces
  • Beautifying tourism sites and improving visitor centers
  • Providing sidewalks and streetscape enhancements
  • Cleaning up contaminated sites and preparing them for re-use
  • Developing municipal comprehensive plans and updating land use laws
  • Conducting project-specific feasibility, design, market and climate change resiliency planning and energy efficiency assessment and improvement

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  • Applicants must be a county, town, or village located wholly or partially within the Adirondack Park or a not-for-profit organization.
  • Projects submitted must be located wholly within the Adirondack Park and must be consistent with the Smart Growth principles outlined in the grant program Request for Applications.


  • Partnerships are encouraged.