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2019 Environmental Restoration Program (ERP)

Grants to New York Municipalities
to Address Contaminated Properties

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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12/13/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to New York municipalities and Tribal governments for activities that aid in the restoration of contaminated municipal properties. Funding is intended for the remediation and investigation of properties that are municipally owned and known or suspected to be contaminated with petroleum or hazardous substances. The remediated properties may then be redeveloped for a variety of uses including industrial, commercial, residential, and recreational.

Eligible projects are those which have been the subject of an environmental investigation under the New York State Environmental Restoration Program and have a DEC-issued Record of Decision (ROD) for the site. The project's purpose must be to implement the ROD, or the ROD as subsequently modified based on new information in accordance with DER-2, Making Changes to Selected Remedies.

The following criteria must be satisfied in order for a project to be eligible:

  • The Municipality must own the property.
  • Other than activities related to a previous ERP State Assistance Contract (SAC) for this site, the Municipality must not have generated, transported or disposed of, nor arranged for or caused the generation, transportation or disposal of, hazardous substances on the property; and has not undertaken, and will not undertake, any indemnification obligation respecting a party responsible under law for the remediation of the property.
  • The project must satisfy the criteria of ECL §56-0505. At a minimum, the applicant must demonstrate that the project is intended to result in a benefit to the environment and is either an economic benefit to the State or a public recreational use of the property.
  • The site must not be listed in New York State’s Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites as a class “1” or class “2” at the time of application.
  • The Municipality complied with the requirements of a previous ERP SAC and responded to DEC’s requests in a timely manner.

For more information about project eligibility, see page 5 of the RFP in Attached Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187472

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount is $20,000; maximum grant amount is $3,000,000. Applicants are encouraged to request the amount of funding they deem appropriate and reasonable for their project. Amendments of the award up to a 30 percent increase may be entertained if it is determined that costs necessary to complete the project exceed the award amount and funding is available. These amendments will be awarded based upon the date the request is received and until funding is exhausted.

Term of Contract:

The Grantee will be required to initiate field work within 12 months of the award. All projects must be completed and invoiced within a three-year contract period/term. Time extensions of up to two years beyond the contract term end date will be considered by DEC based upon written justification from the Grantee.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is soliciting ERP Grant applications from municipalities and municipalities in partnership with community-based organizations for the remediation of previously-investigated ERP sites.

In order to be eligible, the property must have been the subject of an environmental investigation under the New York State Environmental Restoration Program, and have a DEC-issued Record of Decision (ROD) for the site.

Applicant Eligibility
- For the purposes of this grant program, the following entities are considered eligible applicants: Municipalities as defined by Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) §56-0502(5) and Municipalities acting in partnership with community-based organizations as defined by ECL §56-0101(15).
- “Municipality” means a local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, school district, supervisory district, district corporation, improvement district within a county, city, town or village, or Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof. Except that such term shall not refer to a municipality that generated, transported, or disposed of, arranged for, or that caused the generation, transportation, or disposal of contamination located at real property proposed to be investigated or to be remediated under an environmental restoration project. For purposes of this subpart, the term municipality includes a municipality acting in partnership with a community-based organization.
- The Municipality can apply only if it has a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and a NYS Vendor ID number in its own name and is registered in the NYS Grants Gateway.
- “Community based organization” means a not-for-profit corporation, exempt from taxation under §501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, whose stated mission is promoting reuse of brownfield sites within a specified geographic area in which the community-based organization is located, which has twenty-five percent or more of its board of directors residing in the community in such area, and represents a community with a demonstrated financial need.
- “Community based organization” shall not include any not-for-profit corporation that has caused or contributed to the release or threatened release of contamination from or onto the brownfield site, or any not-for-profit corporation that generated, transported, or disposed of, or that arranged for, or caused, the generation, transportation, or disposal of contamination from or onto the brownfield site. This definition shall not apply if more than twenty-five percent of the members, officers or directors of the not-for-profit corporation are or were employed by or receiving compensation from any person responsible for a site under ECL Article 27, Title 13 or Navigation Law Article 12 or under applicable principles of statutory or common law liability.
- Applicants must possess the knowledge, skills, and/or track record to successfully implement the project.
- If a proposed project involves a cooperative agreement or partners, only one eligible, designated lead applicant can submit the application for grant funding. The lead applicant must assume the responsibility for the project application, performance of work consistent with this Request for Application (RFA), and the State of New York Master Contract for Grants. Letters substantiating the collaboration from each partner are required.

For additional eligibility information, see page 6 of the RFP in Attached Documents below.

For a full list of Eligible and Ineligible Expenditures, see page 28 of the RFP in Attached Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be developed and electronically submitted in the NYS Grants Gateway no later than 5 p.m. on December 13, 2019.

Key Events:
- Application Period Begins: 10/15/19
- Question & Answer Period Ends: 12/5/19
- Applications Due: 12/13/19
- Award(s) Announced By (anticipated) 2/5/20

Please email all ERP grant opportunity questions to the ERP 2019 Program Director. DEC will accept questions regarding this grant opportunity until close of business on December 5, 2019. DEC will upload all questions and answers in the Grants Gateway for all applicants to view.

Applicants may submit more than one application. Multiple applications may not be for the same project.

All Applicants must be registered with Grants Gateway to submit an application. For information on registering for Grants Gateway, see and page 10 of the RFP document in Attached Files below.

In addition to registration, not-for-profits must also be Prequalified at the time and date that the application is due. For information on how to apply for Prequalification, see and page 11 of the RFP document in Attached Files below.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the prequalification process as soon as possible in order to participate in this grant opportunity. Please do not delay in beginning and completing the prequalification process. The State reserves 5 days to review submitted Prequalification applications.

Grants Management Website:

Applicants should visit the Grants Management website or contact the Grants Management Team for more information about Grants Gateway and Prequalification.

Applications must be submitted through the NYS Grants Gateway. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to the application deadline.

Advance Payments are not available for these MCGs. Project costs eligible for reimbursement must be incurred between the MCG term start and end dates.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grants Gateway:

Grants Management Team:
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (518) 474-5595

An after-hours support desk is available weekdays between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for account lockouts and basic questions:
Phone: (800) 820-1890

The Grants Management help desk/hotline can be reached at (518) 474-5595.

The designated contact for this grant opportunity is:
ERP 2019 Program Manager

Contact: Sheri Mazurek,

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