Grant Annual Announcement


DATE: June 27, 2019

TO: Upper Delaware Towns and Townships and County Governments

FROM: Pete J. Golod, UDC Resource Specialist


The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will make funds available to its 13 member towns and townships and five county governments in NY and PA for projects related to the implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River for the 32nd year. Since 1988, the UDC has awarded $868,575 in grants for 253 projects under this reimbursement program.

TAGs will be awarded competitively, with priority given to applications that involve the preparation or revision of relevant laws, plans, and ordinances to substantially conform with the Upper Delaware enabling legislation, the River Management Plan, and the Land and Water Use Guidelines.

Projects that support land use planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) planning, zoning ordinances and revisions, codification of laws, and updates of comprehensive and master plans are emphasized for solicitation.

Additionally, the River Management Plan addresses river recreation, resource management, natural and cultural resources, fish and wildlife, unique land resources, threatened and endangered species, economic development and tourism, and pollution control and abatement.

Projects that support education, interpretation, documentation, resource protection, stewardship, and economic needs as identified by our member communities will be considered. Applicants MUST define how the project meets specific goals and objectives of the River Management Plan to potentially qualify for this financial assistance, which the UDC apportions from the annual federal funds provided for its operations under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service.


The FY 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020) round will observe the following schedule:
⇒ Friday, August 30, 2019 – Completed applications must be postmarked, delivered, or emailed to the UDC by 4:30 p.m. on this date.
⇒Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – A special meeting of the UDC’s Project Review Committee will be convened at 6:30 p.m. at the
Council’s office in Narrowsburg to meet with applicants and review their proposals.
⇒Thursday, October 3, 2019 – A vote on the awarding of Technical Assistance Grants is expected at the UDC’s monthly meeting to be
held at 7:00 p.m. at the Council’s office.
⇒Friday, February 28, 2020 – Grantees must submit a Mid-Term Progress Report to the UDC by this date to outline the project’s
⇒Friday, August 28, 2020 – Grantees must complete their projects to the satisfaction of the Contract Criteria and submit a payment
request to the UDC for reimbursement of allowable expenses.


Important points to remember:

  1. Funding is provided on a one-time reimbursement basis upon successful project completion.
  2. No project work may commence until a contract between the grant recipient and the UDC is mutually executed and returned.Funding to publish such an ordinance.
  3. Generally, grantees have a 10-month period to complete their projects within the UDC’s federal fiscal year administrative period.Funding towards GIS planning or codification of laws.
  4. The applicant may assign work to a qualified subcontractor; however, the town, township, or county government must demonstrate approval for the application and agree to serve as the fiduciary for its administration.Funding to address a land use problem identified in the River Management Plan for resolution.
  5. While no funding match is required, listing other sources of funding or in-kind services for the project may raise its ranking during the evaluation process.
  6. The UDC requires applicants to send a representative to the Project Review Committee’s special meeting scheduled for September 10, 2019 to answer any questions pertaining to their grant application. The applicant is responsible to contact the UDC office to identify who that individual will be for the assignment of times on the agenda.

View a list of Past TAG Projects by municipality >>

There are certain limitations on the use of these funds:

  1. Funding is limited to town/townships participating in the Upper Delaware Council and their respective county governments. This includes: Town of Hancock, Town of Fremont, Town of Delaware, Town of Cochecton, Town of Tusten, Town of Highland, Town of Lumberland, Town of Deerpark, NY; Damascus Township, Berlin Township, Lackawaxen Township, Shohola Township, Westfall Township, PA; Delaware, Sullivan and Orange Counties, NY; Wayne and Pike Counties, PA.
  2. Funding is for planning projects, and not for such activities as land acquisition, construction, or other “brick and mortar” capital improvement projects.
  3. The allowability and allocability of federal funds to support the project will be determined in advance of the contract being issued.
  4. The town or township or county government body must approve the contract for the grant.
  5. Payment of grant funds will be disbursed only after the completion of the work as specified in each individual grant contract and approved by the Project Review Committee.
  6. The term of the grant contract is for ten (10) months. A mid-term progress report is required. No extensions of the contract deadline will be granted.

Please review the UDC FY2020 TAG Grant Criteria guidelines for a detailed explanation of the qualifications and restrictions, purposes, and procedures. The link is attached and located below.


A “2020 TAG Application Form” can be downloaded from the link further below, or can be mailed to you upon request. Applications must be received by the Upper Delaware Council staff by 4:30pm, Friday, August 30, 2019.  All applications must be submitted on the form with additional information attached as indicated on the form.

View a list of Past TAG Projects by municipality >>

The UDC’s Project Review Committee will review all applications at a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

We require that applicants send a representative to this meeting to answer any questions pertaining to their grant application. Please let us know in advance who will be attending the special Project Review Committee meeting on your behalf.

The Council intends to make final decisions regarding these applications at its meeting on October 3, 2019.  Please call our office at (845) 252-3022 with any questions.


Did you know?

The main stem of the Delaware is the longest free-flowing (undammed) river east of the Mississippi. Tributary river flows are controlled by upstream reservoirs operated by the City of New York. Under a 1954 Decree signed by the United States Supreme Court, in times of normal precipitation and runoff, the average daily flow at the northernmost river gauge in Montague, New Jersey must be maintained at 1,750 cubic feet per second.