Catskill 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: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in New York: Delaware County, Greene County, Sullivan County, Ulster County

Location of residency: New York

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Overview:

Introduction

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce availability of $1.4 million from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for smart growth projects that will implement existing plans or develop new comprehensive plans within the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park (Parks). DEC, in partnership with the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of State, is soliciting applications from municipalities and not-for-profit corporations. Grants will support key projects that build on comprehensive planning and economic development activities by implementing a specific strategy or objective. DEC seeks capital projects and community development initiatives that link environmental protection, economic development and community livability within the special conditions of the Parks. The program provides additional evaluation points towards regional or park-wide projects and projects that enhance the tourism economic sector by contributing to the establishment of tourism amenities, support services, attractions, accommodations and infrastructure. The program also supports development of comprehensive plans and local land use plans as well as updates to prior plans. This is a reimbursement-based grant program.

2019 Program Focus: Age-Friendly Communities

Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that enhance age-friendly characteristics of Park communities. The smart growth principles embedded in this grant program include proactive design and planning, access to recreation, building complete streets, improving the existing built environment, and encouraging compact, multiple-use development; all of which enhance age-friendly community livability. The Department recognizes that demographics within the Parks are shifting toward older age-ranges. Economic and social contributions from older residents are vital to Park communities. To incorporate the economic and civic strengths of the aging population, the needs and desires of aging New Yorkers must be included in the domains of outdoor spaces, transportation, housing, social activity, civics/employment, communication/information and health services. Applicants are encouraged to describe how their smart growth project addresses age-friendly inclusion in these domains.

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