Economic Viability Micro Grants Program Application

Purpose: Encourage the implementation of activities that can enhance the economic viability of farm and forest businesses in the NYC West of Hudson Watershed.

Eligibility: Any farmer, logger, forester, forest landowner or Pure Catskills member with business property inside the NYC West of Hudson Watershed, preference will be given to WAC participants. Visit us online at nycwatershed.org/economic-viability/initiatives/micro-grants-program to view a map of the watershed boundary line.

How to Apply: Please completed application form below and click submit. If you need assistance with completing this form please contact the Economic Viability Program at (607) 865-7090 ext. 293.

Application Requirements

  1. Eligible applicants must submit a complete grant application by the application deadline listed in the RFA in order to be eligible for review.
  2. Applicants may only apply for one activity in one of the micro grant categories in each grant cycle.
  3. The application deadline for this round is April 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against scoring criteria included in these instructions. A minimum score of 70 must be met. Applicants will be notified of the approved/denied status 30 days after the deadline.
  4. Grant applications will be awarded based on availability of program funding and evaluation using evaluation criteria included in this application.
  5. These are reimbursable grants. Closeout packages must provide necessary documentation per each category before reimbursement is issued. All closeout packages, materials, bills and/or invoices provided as proof of completion must be submitted to WAC by the date provided in approval letter in order to receive reimbursement.
  6. Payment will not be issued to participants who are not in good standing with WAC.
  7. In order to receive the grant award, applicants must submit W9, receipts, invoices and other proper documentation following requirements described for each grant category.
  8. Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding. There is a $5,000 cap per applicant per fiscal year.
  9. Approved applications are subject to cancellation after six months. Staff may grant extensions upon request pending approval by the WAC’s Economic Viability Committee.

Additional details

  • Prior to issuing payment, WAC will review the Closeout Package to ensure conformity with the approved application and EV guidelines. After this review WAC will submit payment directly to the applicant in accordance with the criteria in each category. These are reimbursable grants. Closeout packages must provide necessary documentation per each category before reimbursement is issued. All materials, bills and/or invoices provided as proof of completion of the project must be submitted to WAC by the date provided in approval letter.
  • The Economic Viability Micro Grants Program is funded by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the City and its residents. Consumers of City water are the beneficiaries of the measures to be implemented under the grants program because of its effect on the NYC Watershed. The Council is funded by the NYC DEP, USDA, U.S. Forest Service and other sources. EOE/EOP © 2019
  • Grant recipients agree that a copy of any and all materials and documents, written or otherwise, which has been funded by this grant, may be available to WAC upon request to confirm project completion.
  • One of the benefits of the Economic Viability Program is its ability to explore innovative methods for enhancing economic viability in the Watershed. To maximize this benefit the WAC Economic Viability Committee encourages a creative atmosphere that is receptive to new grant categories consistent with funding requirements.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE 04/30/2020

If you need assistance with completing this form please contact the Economic Viability Program at 607-865-7090 ext. 293. Thank you for your interest in our Economic Viability Micro Grants Program.

The Economic Viability Micro Grants Program is funded by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the City and its residents. Consumers of City water are the beneficiaries of the measures to be implemented under the grants program because of its effect on the NYC Watershed. The Council is funded by the NYC DEP, USDA, U.S. Forest Service and other sources. EOE/EOP © 2019

One of the benefits of the Economic Viability Program is its ability to explore innovative methods for enhancing economic viability in the Watershed. To maximize this benefit the WAC Economic Viability Committee encourages a creative atmosphere that is receptive to new grant categories consistent with funding requirements.