Grant Program Offers Up to $40K for Lake and Waterway Enhancement and Protection Projects
Pictured above from left to right, lakeshore and streambank stabilization projects in the Chautauqua Lake Watershed.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y.:--The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development has announced applications for Chautauqua County’s 2% Occupancy Tax for Lakes and Waterways Grant Program are now available.
The Occupancy Tax Grants for Lakes and Waterways are funded through the county’s five percent occupancy or bed tax for the rental of lodging units within the county. Two-fifths or two percent of the bed tax is used solely for the enhancement and protection of lakes and waterways in Chautauqua County.
These grants provide $500 to $40,000 in funding for projects to be implemented from January 1 through December 31, 2023.
“We anticipate that approximately $225,000 will be available for grant funded projects in 2023,” said Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator Dave McCoy. “We encourage projects that leverage additional investment from land owners and other grant programs such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Water Quality Improvement Program, where each local dollar leverages three state dollars. To date, the program has leveraged over $3 million for water quality improvement projects in Chautauqua County.”
Applications may be submitted by various groups and organizations including; not-for-profits, governments, businesses and corporations, public and private schools, and all landowners of Chautauqua County. Successful projects funded under this program include but are not limited to streambank, shoreline, or ditch stabilization; sediment retention basins; buffer strips; and green infrastructure projects.
“This innovative grant program is unique within New York State,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “I encourage landowners and organizations to submit an application to improve the water quality and protect the lakes and waterways in Chautauqua County.”
Applications are available online on the Chautauqua County Legislature’s website at www.chqgov.com and on the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development’s website at www.planningchautauqua.com. Hard copies of the applications are also available at the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, 201 W. Third St., Suite 115 in Jamestown, N.Y.
Completed applications are due by April 1, 2022 and should be sent electronically to the link provided on the application form. Alternatively, hard copies of the application can be hand delivered to Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator Dave McCoy, Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development, 201 W. Third St., Suite 115, Jamestown, N.Y. 14701.
For more information or assistance with the application process, please contact Dave McCoy at (716) 661-8915 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .