Green Infrastructure

Grant Program for Private Property Owners

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We offer a Green Infrastructure Grant Program for private property owners in New York City. If selected, we will provide funds for the design and construction of the green infrastructure system. Eligible projects include green roofs and infiltration projects such as: rain gardens and porous pavement. For general information, please visit Green Infrastructure.

Online Application

The Green Infrastructure Grant Program is now OPEN. Click here to visit the online application and create a username and password for access.

Grant Workshops

We will host four workshops in 2019 to explain the program eligibility requirements and guide users through the online application. If you would like a copy of the materials that will be presented, download the Workshop Presentation.

All 2019 Workshops will be held at Civic Hall, 118 West 22nd Street, 12th floor, New York, NY, 10011 from 4–5:30pm on the following dates:

  • March 13, 2019
  • June 12, 2019
  • September 11, 2019
  • December 11, 2019

Registration for each workshop opens one month prior to the workshop date. Register on Event Brite.

To join our email list, schedule a pre-application meeting for your specific proposal, or request a workshop for a group of 10 or more people, contact us at gigrantprogram@dep.nyc.gov.

Design Review and Reimbursement

Green Roof Projects

Green roof projects will undergo an advanced schematic, 75%, and 100% design review process with a two-week DEP review time for each phase. Funding for green roofs is determined by green roof area (GRA) and soil depth. The schedule below outlines the maximum reimbursement rate for green roof projects. Projects below the minimum criteria, 1.5″ soil depth and 3,500 SF, are not eligible for grant funding.

Reimbursement Rates ($/SF) for Green Roof Projects

Soil Depth (in.) 3,500-20,000 (SF)*
* The reimbursement rate for SF of planted area over 20,000 SF is calculated using 50% of the rate shown above
1.5–1.99 $10
2.0–2.99 $15
3.0–3.99 $25
4.0+ $30

Infiltration Projects

Infiltration projects will undergo an advanced schematic, 75%, and 100% design review process with a one-month review time for each phase. If accepted, DEP will provide funding for the design and construction of these projects. All infiltration projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Manage 1″ of rainfall from the contributing impervious surface
  • Be cost-effective and greater than $35,000

Applicant Resources

Reference Map

All non City-owned properties are eligible to apply for funding, but applicants must confirm whether the property is served by combined sewers, separate sewers, or direct drainage. Applicants should use the map below for planning, guidance, and reference purposes only.

Legal Agreement and Restrictive Covenant

Before submitting a grant application, we encourage potential grantees to review the Legal Agreement and Restrictive Covenant that are required to participate. Questions, please email gigrantprogram@dep.nyc.gov.

Completed Projects