Resources for

Landscaping

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Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group website has information on events, invasive plant information for Connecticut, and control information. The mission of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group is to gather and convey information on the presence, distribution, ecological impacts, and management of invasive species; to promote uses of native or non-invasive ornamental alternatives throughout Connecticut; and to work cooperatively with researchers, conservation organizations, government agencies, green industries, and the general public to identify and manage invasive species pro-actively and effectively. Organized in 1997 as an ad-hoc group, the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) meets 1 to 2 times per year to collaborate and share information about invasive plant issues affecting Connecticut and the region. The group includes federal, state, and town agency staff, researchers, nursery growers, educators, master gardeners, community members, and interested citizens.

Habitat

Funding

: May 19 – Sep 30, 2023

$1,000

Quick Start and Tree City USA Reward

TREE CITY USA Reward Grants
The intent of this grant is to encourage municipalities to sustain their community forestry program and maintain their status as a Tree City USA through a celebratory tree planting in which large specimen trees or a grove of trees are planted in a prominent location within the community. The grants are made possible by a combination of U.S. Forest Service grant funds and unrestricted NYSUFC funds; applicants are sought in spring and/or fall and must have been a Tree City USA for at least the past five years.

Quick Start Grants
Through U.S. Forest Service funding, the NYSUFC offers Quick Start competitive grants of up to $1,000 each to small communities who want to pursue Tree City USA status, starting with an inaugural Arbor Day tree planting celebration in spring or fall.

Habitat
Community Engagement

Funding

: Jan 31, 2025

$2,000-$10,000

Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District – Part C Funding

Projects must meet one or more of the follow criteria in Nassau County:
a. Conserve or improve soils
b. Improve water quality of our groundwater and/or surface water
c. Control and prevent soil erosion and/or prevent floodwater and sediment damages
d. Conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water
e. Preserve, increase, or improve natural resources including trees and plants
f. Control or eliminate invasive plants or wildlife
g. Control and abate NPS water pollution
h. Preserve wildlife

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Land Use
Water Quality
Green Infrastructure

Funding

: Mar 1, 2024

$500

Long Island Garden Rewards Program

This program provides financial rewards for homeowners on Long Island who add green alternatives to their properties that reduce stormwater and nitrogen pollution entering Long Island Sound. Homeowners can be reimbursed for installing rain barrels, rain gardens, or native plantings on their properties. Funds are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Nature-based Solutions
Incentive Programs
Green Infrastructure

Funding

: May 19, 2024

Non-monetary Award

Trees for Tribs

NYSDEC’s Trees for Tribs is a statewide program that works to reforest NY’s tributaries and create or improve riparian buffers that decrease erosion, reduce flooding damage, improve wildlife and stream habitat, and protect water quality.

Erosion
Habitat

Funding

: Jan 1 – Apr 15, 2023

~$1,500

EPOC 2022 Environmental Grant Program

The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community based groups and environmental education organizations funding for local projects that benefit the environment.

Erosion
Flooding
Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Environmental Health Hazards
Aquatic Resources
Environmental Justice
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Community Engagement
Wetlands
Green Infrastructure

Funding

: May 19, 2024

Up to $5000

Community Match Fund

Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund is an innovative program that provides fast, flexible funding and support for engaging your community on wide-ranging sustainability projects. Eligible projects receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds from Sustainable CT.

Stormwater Management
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Incentive Programs
Infrastructure
Water Quality
Erosion
Environmental Justice
Economic Impacts
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Funding

: May 19 – Feb 27, 2024

up to $2,000

The Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals Grant Program

The Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals Grant Program provides funding for local projects in Connecticut that benefit the environment. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Any application meeting the grant guidelines that is not successful in one cycle may reapply during any following cycle. The applications will be judged based on the environmental benefits of each project, in comparison to others. “Environmental benefits” can vary widely and successful applications have ranged from property clean-ups to environmental education.

Stormwater Management
Marine Debris
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Incentive Programs
Infrastructure
Water Quality
Erosion
Environmental Justice
Economic Impacts
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Funding

: Dec 31 – Mar 11, 2024

less than $1M

Connecticut Recreational Trails Program

This year, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)’s Recreational Trails Program will make $10 million available to improve Connecticut’s trail infrastructure, which has seen significant usage increases since the onset of the pandemic. This grant program aims to help support communities managing the trail usage increases that have endured as more residents and visitors become familiar with the more than 2,500 miles of multi-use trails and greenways that crisscross the state.

Habitat
Land Use
Infrastructure
Planning
Community Engagement

Funding

: Sep 20 – Mar 19, 2024

$1,000 - $4,000

Grow Grants Program

Awards small grants in support of grassroots efforts and community-based environmental work in New England. The Grassroots Fund utilizes participatory grantmaking to move resources to New England grassroots groups working at the intersections of Environmental Justice. The program is geared toward groups who have some experience implementing a project in their community. Grants support groups to deepen their work by further developing a community vision, lowering barriers to participation, identifying new stakeholders, and working to bring more voices and lived experiences into core decision-making processes.

Stormwater Management
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Incentive Programs
Infrastructure
Water Quality
Erosion
Environmental Justice
Economic Impacts
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Funding

: Jan 4 – Apr 17, 2024

$5,000 - $200,000

Urban Forest Equity Grant

Through the Inflation Reduction Act, historic funding is available to municipalities, nonprofits, and other eligible organizations to increase equitable access to trees and the benefits they provide in disadvantaged communities throughout Connecticut.

Habitat
Land Use
Environmental Justice
Planning

Funding

: Nov 21 – Feb 8, 2024

max $500,000

DEEP Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants

Grants are awarded for projects that address Nonpoint Source impacts in surface waters including creation and implementation of approved Watershed Based Plans.

Stormwater Management
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Planning
Infrastructure
Water Quality
Erosion
Environmental Justice
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Environmental Health Hazards
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Case Study

East Haddam Community Resilience Building Summary of Findings

With support from the Nature Conservancy and Sustainable CT, East Haddam organized a Community Resilience Building process and workshop, the results of which were compiled into this summary. The team engaged with community members to determine the present hazards and vulnerabilities and identify resilient solutions.

Water Quality
Waste Management
Wetlands
Community Engagement
Policies & Regulations
Funding/Grants
Extreme Weather & Storms
Recreation & Access
Infrastructure
Erosion
Stormwater Management
Aquatic Resources
Sea Level Rise
Nature-based Solutions
Land Use
Habitat
Flooding

Case Study

Restoring Coastal Grassland at the William Cullen Bryant Preserve

The Nassau County Museum of Art restored coastal grassland and use the restored grassland to educate visitors about the environment at the William Cullen Bryant Preserve, Roslyn Harbor, New York. The project will restore an important coastal habitat of Long Island Sound. The whole area was seeded mid-October 2023 and the meadow will start to grow in the spring though it will be 2-3 years before it looks like a meadow.

Habitat
Land Use

Website

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CLEAR: Rain Garden App

A website and a downloadable app for your mobile device. The resource has information about rain gardens, designing, selecting plants, and installing a garden on your property.

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions
Stormwater Management
Water Quality

Guidance Tool

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Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan : Reduce Nitrogen Pledge

10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Personal Nitrogen Pollution

Water Quality

Website

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Westchester County Native Plant information

Click through all the pages to find guidance on native vs non-native plants, where to buy native plants in Westchester, how to guides, and local ordinances.

Habitat

Guidance Tool

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Long Island Coastal Bluffs Sign

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) created a new “Protecting Coastal Bluffs of Long Island” Sign (pdf) that is available for municipalities, community groups, homeowner associations and property owners to print and install next to your bluff. NYSG has created a post card version of “Protecting Coastal Bluffs of Long Island” (pdf) available for distribution.

Erosion
Habitat

Incentive Program

Long Island Garden Rewards Program

This program provides financial rewards for homeowners on Long Island who add green alternatives to their properties that benefit the environment. It also provides guidance on how to install green alternatives on your property.

Nature-based Solutions
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Incentive Programs

Guidance Tool

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Adapt CT (CTSG & CLEAR) – A Planting Guide for Riparian Sites Along the Connecticut Coast

lists native trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, sedges, reeds and herbaceous plants suitable for planting along the banks of a river, stream or other body of water.

Nature-based Solutions

Guidance Tool

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Adapt CT (CTSG & CLEAR) – Native Plants for Riparian Corridors in Connecticut

A guide listing the trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges, reeds and herbaceous plants best for the banks of rivers, streams or other bodies of water (a companion to: A Planting Guide for Riparian Sites Along the Connecticut Coast)

Erosion
Habitat
Nature-based Solutions

Guidance Tool

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Adapt CT (CTSG & CLEAR) – Connecticut Coastal Planting Guide

List of native plants that will grow well in Connecticut’s coastal zone. Includes wildlife and pollinator benefits.

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions

Guidance Tool

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Adapt CT (CTSG & CLEAR) – Coastal Landscaping Guide for Long Island Sound

Helps shoreline homeowners choose appropriate landscaping options including plant species.

Habitat
Nature-based Solutions

Training

Reimagining Long Island Lawns: Eco-Friendly Practices

On July 18th, 2023 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and NY Sea Grant hosted a free public webinar to share more about what steps homeowners can take in their own yards to protect and improve Long Island waters! Featured experts from New York Sea Grant, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection, Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County, and Rewild Long Island discussed smart fertilizer practices, water conservation, and native plantings.

Habitat
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Long Island Sound Study Sea Grant NY NYSDEC

Resilience Steps

Connect

LISS
EPA Sea Grant New York Sea Grant Connecticut