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Community Grants Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase
Environmental Awareness and Encourage Sustainability

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)

Deadline Date:

05/29/20 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $20,000 to New York nonprofit and community organizations and government agencies to foster increased awareness of environmental issues, pollution prevention practices, and sustainability in local communities. Funding is intended to support collaborative projects that can be implemented locally to improve the health, environmental quality, and economic vitality of communities across New York State.

Preference will be given to projects that: 

  • Utilize partnerships and collaborations with other organizations
  • Demonstrate a broad community impact
  • Address populations and communities affected by, experiencing, or susceptible to environmental harms and risk
  • Are replicable and transferrable to other organizations
  • Can demonstrate funding from additional sources
  • Are located in Environmental Justice (EJ) communities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162552

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant awards will range from $10,000 - $20,000 per project. The maximum grant award will be $20,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within the 2020-2021 project timeline, which is October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NYSP2I Community Grants are a funding opportunity for community organizations and local government agencies based and operating in New York State.

Community organizations are defined as any nonprofit group based in New York State that conducts the majority of its work within the state. Eligible organizations may include, but are not limited to: lawfully incorporated/registered organizations with a focus in environmental, public health, or occupational health protection; academic institutions; neighborhood associations; environmental justice organizations; community development corporations; public benefit corporations; health centers; local unions and labor organizations; and other nonprofits. Community organizations do not need to be 501(c)(3) organizations but must submit a W-9 form with the application.

Local government agencies are defined as offices or departments of a city, town, county, or primary or secondary schools in New York State. These may include, but are not limited to, local environmental agencies, boards of health, departments of public works, local emergency response offices, town commissions, planning and zoning boards, libraries, and schools.

Projects that cannot be funded under the Community Grants Program are:

- Projects that do not meet the definition of, or are not focused on, pollution prevention; ineligible projects include recycling, pollution control, or waste management
- Projects conducted solely by a for-profit organization
- Lobbying or enforcement activities.

Grant funds may not be used for the following:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Entertainment
- Goods or services for personal use
- Cost of selling or marketing products
- The purchase of equipment, machinery, land, renovation, or construction costs. For purposes of this program, equipment is defined as real property, equipment, or tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $1,000 or more per unit.
-Travel outside of New York State

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by NYSP2I by 5pm EDT on Friday, May 29, 2020.

NYSP2I encourages applicants to review past projects at:

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be submitted to:

Program Coordinator:
Gillian Griffin, Pollution Prevention Engineer
Phone: (585) 475-5677

Administrative Contact:
Candice Vanderstreet, Business Manager
Phone: (585) 475-6235

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
111 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

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