Water Quality Implementation Grant from LEWPA

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Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance
Water Quality Implementation Project Request for Proposals 2018

The Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance (LEWPA) is made up of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie counties. LEWPA is soliciting proposals from municipalities, non-profit environmental organizations, or other entities/agencies to utilize funding through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection Fund to support priority water quality improvement or protection projects and water-related climate resiliency projects in the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed. Projects that have benefits in more than one of the three counties may be partially funded by more than one county. Approximately $60,000 is available for each of the counties in LEWPA.

This funding is designed to be utilized by projects that cannot obtain funding through other sources or that need some initial seed money in order to become a competitive project for other funding sources. This money is considered New York State funds for match purposes.

View the RFP and Project Proposal Template

Projects will be ranked based on their ability to leverage additional funding sources including local, state, federal, or private donations, as well as the development of partnerships between organizations. If funding is being provided as seed money, the project’s likelihood of being funded by other competitive funding sources will be considered. In addition, projects must be able to demonstrate water quality benefits. Typical project funding will be up to $20,000. Smaller projects are encouraged to apply.

Project proposals are due by 4:00 pm on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Projects must work to improve or protect water quality in at least one of the following categories:

  • Installation and Implementation of Best Management Practices

Examples include:
o Stormwater management projects and green infrastructure
o Stream bank stabilization and erosion control
o Riparian buffer planting

  • Public Education and Outreach

Examples include:
o Boat stewards program
o Septic system maintenance outreach

  • Eradication of Invasive Species

Examples include:
o Control of aquatic or terrestrial invasive species

  • Geographic Information Services (GIS) or Other Technical Assistance

Examples include:
o Feasibility studies
o Project design
o GIS Mapping assistance

  • Specialized water-related programs to address local concerns and support state-wide priorities

o Projects that advance the NYSDEC Great Lakes Action Agenda or Regional Niagara River/ Lake Erie Watershed Management Plan


  • Applicants must agree that any identifying signs will note that portions of the project were funded by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection Fund.
  • Generally, projects will be expected to be completed within one fiscal year, ending in March 2020. 75% of project funds may be made available upfront with 25% reimbursement after successful completion of the project.
  • 2 page maximum for application, plus attachments

Please address questions and completed proposals to Joanna Panasiewicz at Joanna.Panasiewicz@erie.gov, (716) 858-8077, by 4:00 pm on November 5, 2018.