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Environmental Investment Program
Empire State Development's Environmental Services Unit (ESU) provides grants to help qualified businesses improve their environmental performance. Under the Environmental Investment Program (EIP), New York State invests in projects that lead to the reuse or recycling of materials otherwise destined for disposal, and pollution prevention projects that lead to reductions in the volume or toxicity of waste before it is generated.
The EIP invests in projects that produce measurable and verifiable economic development and environmental results. These include increased productivity and competitiveness, job creation, job retention, recycling capacity, and pollution prevention. Projects should enable New York State businesses to capture the economic benefits resulting from environmental improvements implemented at their facilities.
EIP awards funds to qualified New York businesses, non-profit organizations and municipalities on behalf of businesses. Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis and applicants must be in compliance with environmental regulations at the time of award. ESU accepts applications continuously throughout the year and awards are made approximately five times a year.
The following is a brief overview of the three funding categories:
Capital Projects - ESU will invest up to 50% of the eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $500,000. Eligible costs include: physical assets (land, buildings, machinery & equipment, etc.); improvements, alterations, or repair to real property owned by the applicant (site prep, demolition, infrastructure); and consulting engineering costs related directly to the project.
Research Development & Demonstration Projects - ESU can invest up to 80% of the eligible costs, to a maximum of $200,000. ESU is not looking for basic research, and prefers projects that have high promise for leading directly to commercialization or use. Typically R&D funds are used for consulting services, analytical expenses, and leasing equipment (to determine if it is appropriate).
Technical Assistance Projects - Technical assistance projects are those in which NYS non-profit organizations or municipalities directly assist New York State businesses and institutions to achieve pollution prevention, reuse or recycling results.
CITEC has received financial assistance from Empire State Development through funds from the Environmental Investment Program to assist manufacturing firms in improving environmental performance and reducing operational costs. For more information on the program, please visit: www.esd.ny.gov
The mission of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State’s energy, economic, and environmental well-being.
NYSERDA’s various programs (such as residential, commercial, transportation, environmental) outline broad energy and environmental challenges, and then the Authority publicly requests proposals, from any private or institutional entity, to submit project plans addressing those issues.
NYSERDA accepts applications for its programs through New York State's Consolidated Funding Application. Those companies interested in participating in NYSERDA's New Construction Program, Existing Facilities Program, Industrial and Process Efficiency Program, and FlexTech can register / login to the NY Works website to apply.
For additional information on the following programs, please click on the links below:
Or, learn about the R&D support available from NYSERDA and how to apply by viewing this video:
Other programs CITEC offers to assist your sustainability / green efforts include:
To get started, contact us today:
Kim DesChamp, NYSERDA Regional Outreach Coordinator
Rob Oram, CITEC Business Development Director
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