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Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program

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

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

Deadline Date:

07/01/21 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to New York nonprofit 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.

Community Impact Grants provide funding for projects that address environmental and public health threats in low-income and minority communities, such as a large number of regulated facilities, contaminated sites, noise, air, and water pollution, health problems and a lack of green space and waterfront access. Grants are available for community-based organizations to fully or partially fund projects that address environmental justice related concerns including, but not limited to environmental research, community gardens, tree plantings, education and curriculum development, urban farming training, habitat restoration, and the monitoring of air, and water quality. These 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.

Project proposals and work plans must address all of the following criteria:

  • Describe Your Community’s Harms and Risks: 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 community has multiple sources of environmental harms and risks;
    • a community has multiple sources that contribute to a single environmental harm or risk; or
    • a community experiences health impacts or risks from a single source of environmental harm (air and water contamination from a single source).
  • Define Project Location: Project proposal must be located within the EJ community served by the eligible applicant community-based organization (see Community Demographics in the Guidelines:; and
  • Research Component: 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 here:

For eligible expenditures, see here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132131

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount is $50,000. 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 and will have contract term of January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2025.

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: For a list of ways that applicants can identify EJ communities, see here:

An eligible applicant must be a not-for-profit corporation (NFP) community-based organization, or a NFP 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.

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

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 non-governmental 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.

Organizations serving areas larger than indicated above, such as regional or national organizations, are not eligible for this grant. However, ineligible not-for-profits may serve as fiscal sponsors for eligible community-based organizations or partner with eligible organizations.

For ineligible expenditures, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Management hosts weekly webinars for organizations interested in familiarizing themselves with the Grants Gateway. The regularly scheduled session topics include:

- Registration
- Prequalification
- Grant Application
- Contract Management

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Pre-Application Information:

Timetable of Key Events:
- Application Period Begins: April 22, 2021
- Question and Answer Period Ends: June 17, 2021
- Applications Due: July 1, 2021, 3:00 PM EST
- Award(s) Announced By (anticipated): November 1, 2021

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.

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.

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.

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

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(enter Community Impact in the search function)

For general information on completing this application and for clarification of application requirements,
contractual terms and procedures, contact:
Dana McClure, Program Manager
Contact Information: and 518-402-8556

For technical information regarding the Grants Gateway application, direct questions to:
NYS Grants Management
Contact Information: or (518) 474-5595
Include 2021 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT PROGRAM in the subject line of the email.

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

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