Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Lee Flood Mitigation Grant Program

Program Purpose
The Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Lee Flood Mitigation Grant Program was created to support flood mitigation or flood control projects in waterways impacted by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. 


Program Highlights

Empire State Development, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will administer the $9 million Flood Mitigation Grant Program, which will provide grants from $300,000 up to $500,000 for eligible counties. Eligible counties can apply to DEC for a grant for projects within their boundaries that will reduce potential threats to public and private infrastructure. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest need and for projects that can start work expeditiously and leverage other federal, state and local funding resources.

Funds can be used for the planning, design and implementation of eligible projects and cannot be used for work that is already complete. Only planning costs for projects that receive funds for implementation will be considered eligible costs.  This funding is not eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) eligible projects. 



Counties eligible to apply for a grant include: Albany, Bronx, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties.


Eligible projects include:

  • Stream debris removal

  • Gravel removal in or directly around bridges and culverts

  • Stream bank stabilization and restoration

  • Culvert replacement


Application Information

Applicants can access the application and guidelines at


Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis starting January 20, 2012 and must be submitted to DEC by April 11, 2012. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Empire State Development will review grant applications.