New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)
07/10/19 3:00 PM ET
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: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/filenetdocretrieval.aspx?docid=%7B49748db3-18e1-4e34-b793-a151bcc6180b%7D
GrantWatch ID#: 132131
Minimum grant amount is $2,500; Maximum grant amount is $100,000.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/login2.aspx
Please email all Community Impact Grant questions to the Office of Environmental Justice at:
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
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