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Grants

The Hudson River Foundation was established in 1981 under the terms of an agreement among environmental groups, government regulatory agencies and utility companies. The Foundation's grants primarily support independent, objective research that will inform scientific understanding, management, and policy decisions about the River and its Estuary.

Grant Programs

The Foundation administers a number of distinct grant programs, each with its own purpose and application process. The Hudson River Fund supports scientific research by leading scholars and students. The Foundation's Small Grants Program funds local public access, education, and stewardship activities. Funds made available through the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program support a range of restoration, public access and stewardship and citizen science activities. See each specific program for details.

Hudson River Fund

– Hudson River Fund Research Grants

The Hudson River Fund is dedicated to supporting scientific, ecological, and related public policy research on issues and matters of concern to the Hudson River, its tributaries and its drainage basin. Hudson River Fund Research Grants are awarded to researchers at colleges and universities; other non-profit institutions; profit-making institutions; government agencies; and unaffiliated researchers.


Preproposal Deadline: Monday, November 5, 2018
Photo of Dr. Rainer Lohmann by: Michael Salerno

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– Mark B. Bain Graduate Fellowship

Mark B. Bain Graduate Fellowships provide one-year full-time research fellowships to advanced graduate students conducting research on the Hudson River System. Doctoral students are eligible for awards up to $19,000; Master's level students may receive up to $15,000.

Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019

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– Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowships provide a summertime grant ($5,000 for each fellowship) for students to conduct research on the Hudson River; open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The objectives of the program are to gather important information on all aspects of the River and to train students in conducting scientific and public policy research.

Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019

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NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program

– Public Access and Stewardship

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program provides funds to promote stewardship of the Estuary and access to and from our waterfront and waterways through community engagement and education, particularly in underserved areas.

The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program is currently not accepting proposals.

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– Citizen Science

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program supports the collection and interpretation of environmental data by volunteers and students. We particularly seek projects that improve the data quality of citizen monitoring efforts by training organizations and citizen scientists, so that the information is suitable for use by public agencies for a variety of purposes.

The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program is currently not accepting proposals.

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– Habitat Restoration

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program supports targeted research and the development of concept habitat restoration plans that facilitate the achievement of the Target Ecosystem Characteristics (TECs) objectives set in the Hudson Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan (HRE CRP) prepared by United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and adopted by HEP.

The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program is currently not accepting proposals.

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Small Grants Programs

– Newtown Creek Fund

The NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund requests proposals for environmental education, public access and stewardship projects that will benefit communities along Newtown Creek, one of New York City's six designated Maritime and Industrial Zones.

The Newtown Creek Fund is currently not accepting proposals.

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– North River Fund

The North River Environmental Benefit Program (NREBP) was created as part of an agreement between New York State and New York City to provide environmental benefits to the community in and around the North River Waste Water Treatment Plant, bounded by Manhattan Community Board 9.

The North River Fund is currently not accepting proposals.

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– New York City Environmental Fund

The New York City Environmental Fund was established in 1994 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hudson River Foundation to foster active community stewardship of waterways, shorelines, parklands and open spaces in and around New York City.

The New York City Environmental Fund is currently not accepting proposals.

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– Hudson River Improvement Fund

The Hudson River Improvement Fund was created to support projects that promote the enhancement of public use and enjoyment of the natural, scenic and cultural resources of the Hudson River and its shores - with an emphasis on physical projects that require capital construction, development or improvement.

The Hudson River Improvement Fund is currently not accepting proposals.

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