Division of Development
Grant Opportunities - EPF Smart Growth Grants

The Department of State administers the Smart Growth grant program, which is funded through the State Environmental Protection Fund.  Since 2007, grants have been awarded to communities in three geographic areas – the Adirondack Park, the Central Catskills (Route 28 corridor) and the Lower Hudson Valley regions- for municipal planning and other related activities that promote the principles of Smart Growth.

For information on Smart Growth grants for the Adirondack and Catskill Parks administered at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, go here.

2009 New York State Department of State
Smart Growth Grant Program- Lower Hudson Valley Region

In 2009 the New York Department of State awarded $500,000 in for seven smart growth projects in the lower Hudson Valley that covered a variety of planning projects that focus on economic, community and environmental issues to improve both local economies and the environment.

Six of the awards were for the planning of revitalization and redevelopment of municipal and regional centers, totaling $250,000:

  • An award of $50,000 will enable the Town and Village of Harrison to draft zoning regulations and design guidelines for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development on a 3.3-acre parcel located adjacent to the Harrison Metro-North station and subsequently prepare a request for proposals for the development.

  • An award of $40,000 will enable the City of Poughkeepsie to undertake market research and economic analysis to formulate transit-oriented development scenarios for parcels to the immediate east and west of the city’s Metro-North and Amtrak station.

  • An award of $35,000 will enable the City of Mount Vernon to conduct a market analysis to determine the full economic potential of the creation and expansion mixed-use, transit-oriented developments, with a focus on attracting new businesses near existing transit facilities.

  • An award of $50,000 will enable the Town of Red Hook, in partnership with the Villages of Red Hook and Tivoli, to amend the town's comprehensive plan and its zoning regulation to curb housing sprawl on rural and agricultural land, encourage village-scale development and protect open spaces.

  • An award of $50,000 will enable Orange County, in partnership with the City of Newburgh and the Villages of Maybrook, Montgomery and Walden, to conduct an inventory of vacant buildings and develop an adaptive reuse plan intended to direct growth to existing developed centers to utilize their infrastructure and limit sprawl.

  • An award of $25,000 will enable the Town of Lloyd to complete a development analysis for the Hamlet of Highland including a traffic and parking analysis; identification of linkages to the waterfront, rail trail and area parks; and recommendations for public spaces development with Highland’s Main Street district.

Three of these awards will also advance transit-oriented development in the Lower Hudson Valley. Transit-oriented development is compact, walkable, mixed-used development that is focused around mass transit, such as trains, light rail, trolleys or buses. By focusing development around transit, communities can become sustainable places to live, work and play.

One award to the Open Space Institute (OSI), for $250,000, will enable the development of a Lower Hudson Valley regional smart growth plan. OSI is partnering with the Regional Plan Association, the Trust for Public Land, the Environmental Defense Fund, Scenic Hudson and Patterns for Progress. The smart growth plan will address carbon emissions, economic efficiency and quality of life issues for the region and will produce plans for priority growth and preservation areas to balance the rapid growth of the region with emissions reduction and environmental protection for the Lower Hudson Valley.

Long-Term Community Recovery Strategy Grants

In response to the catastrophic flooding caused by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, the DOS incorporated the Smart Growth funds into its Long Term Recovery Plan for affected communities – part of Governor Cuomo’s broader effort to assist communities with short-term recovery and long-term planning.  Grants were provided to communities to establish a blueprint for how they will rebuild and reduce their vulnerability to future disaster as they move beyond the immediate recovery phase.  A community recovery strategy will include a vision of the community’s future; identification and description of projects needed to achieve the vision and reduce future hazard damages; prioritization of projects that will have the most significant recovery value and can be accomplished quickly; and development of implementation strategies for priority projects.

For more information on this grant program, go here. Also, see Governor Cuomo’s press release on his Upstate Storm and Recovery Task Force here.