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

Community Grants Program


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Funding Source
RIT Global Delivery Corporation
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/28/23 5:00 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to New York 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.

For the purposes of the NYSP2I Community Grants Program, pollution prevention (P2) is defined as reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes; promoting the use of nontoxic or less-toxic substances; implementing conservation techniques; efficiently and effectively utilizing resources such as energy, water, and raw materials; and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.

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

In addition to new projects, previous recipients are also welcome to apply for funding to expand or continue past projects. If you intend to build on or expand a previous project, you must include a brief explanation of the changes in your proposal.


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.
For additional information, see page 3 of the RFA, in Supporting Documents, below.

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 5 pm ET on Friday, April 28, 2023.

Grantees are required to attend a mandatory project kick-off meeting, which is anticipated to be held at a date to be determined.

Grantees will submit invoices to NYSP2I on a quarterly basis for expenses incurred and in accordance with the project budget. Once an invoice has been approved, it is anticipated that payment will be made within 30 days.

NYSP2I encourages applicants to review past projects at:

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 project timeline, which is anticipated to be October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Applications should be submitted to: with the following subject line: 2023-2024 NYSP2I Community Grants Program Application.

All questions about this Request for Applications should be directed to:
Program Manager
Ambika Walker
Program Manager, Outreach & Education
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
Louise Slaughter Hall, Suite 2000
111 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: (585) 475-2399

Administrative Contact
Kim Burley
Sr. Program Administrator
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
Louise Slaughter Hall, Suite 2000
111 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: (585) 475-6235

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