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New York State Department Releases Draft Eligibility Guidelines for Environmental Bond Act and Two Programs to Support Restoration and Flood Risk Projects

New York State Department Releases Draft Eligibility Guidelines for Environmental Bond Act and Two Programs to Support Restoration and Flood Risk Projects

The New York State Department of State today released proposed eligibility guidelines for funding for two DOS programs that will implement coastal resiliency projects under the historic $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022 (Bond Act). The two programs are the Inland Flooding and Local Coastal Revitalization Implementation Projects Program and the Coastal Rehabilitation and Resiliency Project Program. The guidelines address funding eligibility for Bond Act opportunities to identify projects and investments that will help make New York’s coastal areas more resilient to flooding and the impacts of climate change. Public comments on the draft guidelines will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on August 9.

“The State Department is committed to making New York’s coastal communities resilient to the impacts of climate change.” aforementioned Secretary of State Walter T. Mosley“This investment will help protect coastal communities, restore critical habitats and address regional priorities.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Inland Floods and Local Coastal Revitalization Implementation Projects and Coastal Rehabilitation and Resilience Project ProgramTo better support communities’ efforts to combat coastal flooding and the impacts of climate change, Bond Act funds will be allocated under the restoration and flood risk reduction category.

Full eligibility guidelines for the two programs are available in this week’s newsletter. Environmental Announcement Bulletin as follows:

Public comments on the draft directive will be accepted until 17:00 on Friday, August 9th and can be submitted in writing by post to:

Alicia Mumin
New York State Department of State
Office of Planning, Development and Community Infrastructure
A Business Plaza
99 Washington Street, Suite 1010
Albany, NY 12231

Public comments can also be submitted via email: (email protected) (use “Bond Act” in the subject line).

You can direct your questions to (518) 473-3656.

Disadvantaged Communities
The Bond Act requires disadvantaged communities to receive benefits of no less than 35 percent of the Bond Act funds ($4.2 billion), with a target of 40 percent. Disadvantaged communities are those identified by the Climate Justice Working Group under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Consistent with this Bond Act requirement, DEC will aim to prioritize 40 percent of grant awards to benefit disadvantaged communities.

New York’s Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act
On November 8, 2022, New Yorkers overwhelmingly approved the $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act. State agencies, local governments, and partners will have access to funds to protect water quality, help communities adapt to climate change, increase resilience, and create green jobs. Bond Act funds will support new and expanded projects across the state to protect drinking water supplies, reduce pollution, and protect communities and natural resources from climate change.

Since the Bond Act was passed, an interagency working group comprised of multiple state agencies has implemented a transparent and collaborative process to identify environmental funding needs across the state to help improve program logistics. Last year, the state announced a $200 million funding investment in the state’s existing Water Infrastructure Improvement and Intermunicipal Grant programs, $100 million for zero-emission school buses, $100 million for Clean Green Schools, $13.1 million to support construction of the Adirondack Rail Trail, and state-managed forestry projects to plant 25 million trees by 2033. Learn more about the Bond Act and sign up for progress updates.