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E-Waste Recycling Grants Available

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is offering a fourth round of grant funding from the Environmental Protection
Fund for collection and recycling of eligible electronic wastes (e-waste).

Approximately $900,000 is available to cities, towns and villages across the state to help them mitigate expenses. Approximately
$900,000 will be available for the 2018 funding period (January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018). DEC will accept applications beginning
January 1, 2019 and no later than February 28, 2019. Municipalities may receive reimbursement of up to 50% of eligible expenses.

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Sustaining Your Community Vitality into the Future Workshop – October 29, 2018

The Jefferson County Department of Planning and the NYS Tug Hill Commission are co-sponsoring a land use training session on Monday,
October 29, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM, at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffee Street, Jules Center, Room 6-002, Watertown, 13601.

This workshop will offer insights into what is needed to plan for the future. Planning for the future to ensure your community remains
vibrant and solvent is at the core of resiliency planning. In this workshop, we will discuss what financial and social factors local leaders
should consider; what community resiliency is and how to plan for it; and funding options to conduct resiliency planning, or to undertake
projects that make your community, services and facilities more resilient.

Presenter: Khris Dodson from the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center

RSVP by Friday, October 26, Jefferson County Planning Department at (315) 785-3144, .

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DEC Grant Available for Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling

Not-for-profit emergency food relief organizations are eligible to receive funding to increase the availability of wholesome food to those in need, including the purchase of equipment such as refrigerators for fruits and vegetables and staff expenses that result in increased collection and distribution of food. Municipalities are eligible for funds to promote the reduction of wasted food, increase food donation efforts, and for increased food scraps recycling through the construction of composting facilities or other means.

Grant funding totaling $800,000 is being made available for emergency food release organizations, due February 1, 2019. There will be an informational webinar on September 19 at 1 pm. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations whose projects include providing wholesome food to those in need, either directly or indirectly. Food Banks are ineligible for this grant program since DEC already has a contract in place to fund activities at the Food Banks. This program provides a 90% reimbursement to non-profits. Total awards can range from $100 to $15,000 per applicant. Eligible projects are:

 Personal Services (e.g., staffing and fringe benefits)
 Supplies and Services (e.g., outreach materials, publications)
 Equipment (e.g., freezers, refrigerators, vehicles, physical space expansion, insulated food transporters)
 Contractual Services
 Travel Costs

It is important to note that not-for-profit applicants that have not registered for the Grants Gateway and are not prequalified in the Grants Gateway by February 1, 2019 cannot be evaluated and will be disqualified.

Grant funding totaling $1.2 million is being made available for municipalities, due March 1, 2019. There will be an informational webinar on September 26 at 1 pm. Total awards can range from $1,000 to $250,000 per applicant. Funding for staff is limited to $150,000. Eligible projects and grant match are:

 Outreach and Education Materials – 80% reimbursement
 Equipment and Construction – 50% reimbursement
 Staff – 80% reimbursement

Both grant applications are available through the NYS Grants Gateway,, or 518-474-5595.   More information is also available on DEC’s website,

Informative Webinar on LED Streetlights

Informative Webinar on LED Streetlights

The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium recently held a webinar on LED street lights and highlighted the experience of three communities of different sizes: City of Kingston (population ~24,000, streetlights 2,428), Town of Red Hook (population ~11,300, streetlights 230), and Town of Rosendale (population ~1,350, streetlights 144). The webinar can be viewed at

NYS DOS Webinars At Your Convenience

The New York State Department of State has several previously aired webinars geared toward local government issues available online to view at your convenience.

Webinars included are The Challenges with Local Government Reorganization; Hot Button Land Uses; Planning Bard Overview; County-wide Shared Services Virtual Meet-up; and most recently Health Insurance: Options for Savings from Shared Services. These videos are easily viewed by visiting

NYS Archive Webinars Available

Archive Webinars Available

New York State Archives Winter Webinar series for 2018 are available on the NYS Archives YouTube page. So, if you missed them the first time, or want to see them again, please view them at your convenience:

Disaster Response for the Records Manager (originally presented on Jan. 3)
Records Appraisal for Records Managers (Jan. 31)
Introduction to Information Technology for Records Managers (Feb. 14)
Introduction to Historical Records for Local Governments (Mar. 7)
Developing or Renewing a Records Management Plan (Mar. 21)

Visit the NYS Archives YouTube page at