Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program

Grants to New York Community-Based Organizations
to Mitigate Environmental Harms and Risks

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

Deadline Date:

07/10/19 3:00 PM ET


Request a Grant Writer

Grants starting at $2,500 to New York community-based organizations for projects that address public health and environmental concerns for minority and low-income communities. Applicants must pre-register at least five days before the deadline. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

The program has a particular focus on low-income and minority communities that have historically been burdened by environmental problems. Those environmental problems include a large number of regulated facilities; contaminated sites; noise, air and water pollution; health problems and lack of green space, and waterfront access. The Community Impact Grants empower stakeholders to be actively engaged in finding solutions to the disproportionate burdens that EJ communities may experience.

The Community Impact Grants have been an important source of support for communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxins. The grants have helped communities generate data through community-based science and have helped to engage residents in addressing and understanding the challenges and opportunities for improving community health, safety, and sustainability. These grants are essential support for engaging underserved communities throughout the state.

Project proposals and work plans MUST address ALL of the following criteria:
(1) Project proposal must provide a description of communities’ exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Multiple harms and risks can occur in several ways:
(a) a community has multiple sources of environmental harms and risks;
(b) a community has multiple sources that contribute to a single environmental harm or risk; or
(c) a community experiences health impacts or risks from a single source of environmental harm (air and water contamination from a single source);
(2) Project proposal must be located within the EJ community served by the eligible applicant organization (see community demographics on Guidelines, page 19); AND
(3) Project proposal must include a research component that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community.

For examples of successful and suggested projects, see page 12 here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132131

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount is $2,500; Maximum grant amount is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables accounted for in performance measures that can be completed and invoiced within a 36-month contract period/term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Project Locations: Projects must serve an EJ community, as defined in DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting. (Available on DEC’s website at:

An eligible applicant must be a not-for-profit corporation (NFP) community-based organization, or a community-based organization may partner with a NFP that will serve as their fiscal sponsor. For this grant opportunity, a NFP is subject to New York State’s Not- For-Profit Corporation Law, is qualified for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, has an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter to be incorporated in New York State and is current in their charities reporting requirements with the Office of the Attorney General.

Projects must serve an EJ community, as defined in DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting.

Entities that are not eligible to apply and receive funding under this grant program are: individuals; universities; municipalities; government bodies; water districts or similar entities; large nongovernmental organizations such as serving multiple counties, regional, state or national environmental groups and organizations.

An ineligible organization may be involved in a proposed EJ project by partnering as a subcontractor for an eligible organization.

For the definition of a community-based organization, see page 2:

For Eligible and Ineligible Expenditures, see link directly above, page 24.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Grants Management Team offers regular live webinars for anyone who is interested in additional information about Grants Gateway, the Prequalification process, or submitting online applications. Learn more including times and dates for these webinars:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may submit up to three applications, however, only one application per applicant may be funded. Multiple applications may not be for the same project or projection location.

Timetable of Key Events:
- Application Period Begins: May 2, 2019
- Question & Answer Period Ends: June 26, 2019
- Applications Due: Friday, July 10, 2019 at 3:00PM EST
- Award(s) Announced By: August 1, 2019
- Anticipated Award Date: Sunday, September 01, 2019

All Applicants must be Registered with Grants Gateway to submit an application. In addition to registration, not-for-profits must also be Prequalified at the time and date that the application is due. If you are not Prequalified at that time and date, your application will not be considered. For more information about Grants Gateway and Prequalification, please visit the Grants Management website or contact the Grants Management Team.

The State reserves 5 days to review submitted Prequalification applications. Prequalification applications submitted to the State for review less than 5 days prior to the application deadline may not be considered. Applicants should not assume that their Prequalification information will be reviewed if they do not adhere to this timeframe.

View this opportunity on Grants Gateway:

Get Prequalified:


Environmental Justice Grant Sample Authorizing Resolution:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Please email all Community Impact Grant questions to the Office of Environmental Justice at:
Dana McClure

Grants Management Team
Help desk/hotline: (518) 474-5595

NYSDEC Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway, 14th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-1500

Telephone: 518- 402-8556
Toll free: 1-866-229-0497

Funding or Pin Number:


URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania Families Caring for a Child with Cancer to Offset Treatm...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania families living in eligible areas and caring for a child with cancer to offset expenses related to the child's cancer treatments. Funding is intended to cover costs not covered by health insurance, including travel costs, housing, and

GrantWatch ID#: 125904

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies and IHEs for Projects to Reduce Serious Neighborhood Crime

Deadline 04/26/21

Grants to USA nonprofits, agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for community-oriented programs to reduce serious neighborhood crime. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for cooperative projects with law en

GrantWatch ID#: 132213

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Early-Career Psychologist for Child Psychology Rese...

Deadline 06/15/21

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International early-career psychologist for child psychology research projects. The purpose of the program is for research and demonstration projects that foster an understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholast

GrantWatch ID#: 132694

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Community Improvement Initiatives

Deadline Ongoing

Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government entities, educational institutions, and volunteer fire companies for community benefit projects. Funding is intended to support a wide range of impactful and sustainable initiatives that meet community needs.

GrantWatch ID#: 132986

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Regions to Promote Cancer Detection and Pr...

Deadline 04/21/21

Grants of $25,000 to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions for programs and projects addressing cancer prevention and early detection. Funding is intended to provide the resources needed to fund vital community-level act

GrantWatch ID#: 133776