The Foundation's grants primarily support independent, objective research that will inform scientific understanding, management, and policy decisions about the Hudson River Estuary.

Grants and 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 Foundation

– Hudson River Ecosystem Monitoring Program (HREMP)

The HREMP will build on historical Hudson River monitoring data sets and fill important data and knowledge gaps to enhance management of the Hudson River fisheries and understanding of the ecosystem they depend upon.


– Hudson River Fund Research Grants

The Foundation seeks to elucidate the dynamic interactions among the biological, chemical, physical and human processes that are important to the Hudson River ecosystem. In particular, the Foundation encourages research in areas that are both scientifically important and relevant to current or anticipated public policy and resource management issues affecting the River and its watershed. This year’s Call for Proposals will focus on identifying a limited number of projects that reflect the Foundation’s interest in innovative approaches to understanding current and emerging issues for the Hudson River Estuary and Watershed.


– Champlain Hudson Environmental Trust (CHET)

CHET was established as part of New York State’s approval of the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission project. The Trust will develop and implement research and projects designed to protect, restore, and improve the aquatic habitats and fisheries resources in these water bodies.


– Mark B. Bain Doctoral Fellowship

The Foundation is currently implementing a new strategic plan. As part of this process we are examining our programs that support graduate student research. Additional information regarding the Bain Fellowships will be provided later this year.


– Tibor T. Polgar Undergraduate Fellowship

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowships provide a summertime grant ($5,500 for each fellowship) for students to conduct research on the Hudson River. The objectives of the program are to enhance opportunities for students to conduct scientific and public policy research with a specific focus on those who wish to study aspects of the Hudson River, its watershed, and the people who live there.

The deadline for 2024 Tibor T. Polgar Undergraduate Fellowship Applications is Monday, March 4.


NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program

– HEP Action Agenda: NY/NJ Community Engagement Sessions 

In 2024, HEP will be developing a new Action Agenda that outlines the major goals and objectives of our Program and partners for the next 10 years. Through this process we seek to:  Make all partners feel ownership of the new Action Agenda; ​Ensure that we are addressing the needs of the Estuary and all of its communities; Develop actions that are reflective of estuarine challenges, community needs and partner priorities.

We are asking NGOs/Community-Based Partners to host in-person community engagement sessions, this spring and early summer, and gather members of their community to share their vision for the estuary and the challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed.

HEP will provide small grants ranging between $2,000-$4,000 to a limited number of organizations that apply to host one of these community engagement sessions. Organizations interested in hosting should apply at least 20 days before their proposed community engagement session date. HEP will make small grant decisions on a rolling basis.


– City of Water Day

City of Water Day is an annual celebration dedicated to enjoying our shared waterways. This year’s theme centers on uniting NY and NJ communities in a celebration of our interconnected waters and a commitment to a brighter, more climate resilient future.

For more information about CWD 2024 visit

Grant applications for City of Water Day events are due May 12, 2024.


– Climate Resilience

Climate change is impacting the health of the estuary, its watershed, and the people who live here. The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program supports research, planning, and natural and nature-based infrastructure to make communities more resilient to the effects of climate change while also improving water quality, habitat , and public access.

There are currently no open climate resilience grants.


– Habitat Restoration

The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary is a complex ecological system at the heart of the nation’s largest metropolitan area. Following targets established in the Hudson Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan, the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program supports restoration, research, and planning projects that help enhance and protect this vibrant habitat.

There are currently no open habitat restoration grants.


– Public Access

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program seeks to improve public access to our shared waters, especially where waterfront access and parks space is lacking, and community stewardship is most needed.

There are currently no open public access grants.


– 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.

There are currently no open citizen science grants.

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