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Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

07/10/19 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132131

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,375,929

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: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/36929.html)

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: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/filenetdocretrieval.aspx?docid=%7B49748db3-18e1-4e34-b793-a151bcc6180b%7D.

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:
https://grantsmanagement.ny.gov/live-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:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5001421

Get Prequalified:
https://grantsmanagement.ny.gov/get-prequalified

FAQs:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/31380.html

Environmental Justice Grant Sample Authorizing Resolution:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/31367.html

Contact Information:

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:
Dana McClure
justice@dec.ny.gov

Grants Management Team
grantsreform@its.ny.gov
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:

DEC01-EJCIG-2018

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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