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Vital Brooklyn Green Job Training Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits for Job Training
to Grow Central Brooklyn's Green Sector

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

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07/20/18 3:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to New York nonprofit community-based organizations to provide job training programs in support of the green economy in Central Brooklyn. Applicants must be prequalified in the online grants system prior to applying. Possible jobs could be related to clean energy, green infrastructure, and urban agriculture.


Through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership, New York is targeting investment into communities most in need. Central Brooklyn is a New York neighborhood lagging on a number of health indicators including high unemployment and lack of access to green space. This area of Brooklyn is also identified as a potential environmental justice area. Part of the strategy to funnel investment into New York communities is to work with grassroots and community based organizations to empower communities with the keys to improving their environment, including providing environmental education and preparing residents for careers in the green economy. To further the above strategy, DEC is requesting proposals for job training programs in the green economy targeting New Yorkers residing in Central Brooklyn.

DEC’s mission is to conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State and their overall economic and social well-being. DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) addresses environmental justice concerns in the environmental permit review process and across other DEC operations. OEJ runs several programs that benefit underserved communities and address disproportionate adverse environmental impacts in those communities.

Project Objectives:

To promote health and environmental improvement in Central Brooklyn, this RFA seeks proposals for job training programs in the green jobs sector. Education plays an important role in the success of communities to promote healthy living and improve environmental quality. As part of a larger investment in healthy food, education and youth development, and job creation in these communities, the Governor increased investments in creative education programs and DEC is requesting applications for the development of programs to provide new opportunities in Central Brooklyn in the green job sector. Applicants should submit proposals for education and training projects for occupational skills sought by employers in the above fields and should demonstrate local and industry demand for the skill set.

Proposals demonstrating a partnership with employers and proposals demonstrating that the proposed training will lead to the acquisition of a nationally-recognized green certification, a skill set certificate, a certificate degree, or a comparable award will receive additional points.

Some examples of fields within the green jobs sector are:

Clean Energy:
Clean energy comes from sources such as the sun and wind, which are renewable and do not pollute the environment. Training programs in clean energy can be in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable
energy, and advanced technologies. Jobs in clean energy promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, reduced waste and pollution, and improved transit.

Green Infrastructure:
Green infrastructure are strategically planned and managed networks of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserve ecosystem values and functions and provide associated benefits to human populations. Job training in green infrastructure may include the development and implementation of various green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens, permeable pavers, and urban forests. Training may also include planning and conducting restoration of land, including general botanical classes or introductory horticultural classes related to land and stream restoration or indigenous species and native plant re-vegetation; landscaping; and soil science.

Urban Agriculture:
Urban agriculture is defined as growing food and raising animals in cities, accompanied by complementary activities such as processing and distributing food, and collecting and reusing food waste and rainwater. Examples of urban agriculture include: community gardens, urban farms, urban apiary, rooftop farms, vertical farming, backyard chickens for egg production, aquaponics, and hydroponics. Training programs in urban agriculture may include the use of compost and soil amendments and associated sampling, testing, and design considerations, and management techniques.

Project Eligibility:

Proposals funded under this RFA will support environmental workforce development and job training programs that will recruit, train, and provide residents of Central Brooklyn with the skills needed to secure full time employment in the green sector such as clean energy, green infrastructure, or urban agriculture.

Project proposals and work plans MUST address ALL of the following criteria:
1. Proposals must be for education or training in occupational skills in the green sector. Examples include clean energy, green infrastructure, and urban agriculture; and
2. Proposals must demonstrate that their methods and curricula are aligned with the full skill set sought by employers in the chosen green sector; and
3. Proposals must demonstrate recruitment strategies for participants currently residing in an area meeting the geographic scope; and
4. Proposals must demonstrate local demand for the provided skill set and strategies for job placement and job search assistance; and
5. Eligible projects for grant funding must be located in the Assembly Districts listed in the RFA. Maps of the Assembly Districts included in this RFA are provided in Appendix I.

Proposals must be for proposed programs located in or directly benefitting one of or a combination of the following Assembly Districts (AD) listed under Eligible Project Locations:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183527

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount is $25,000. Maximum grant amount is $50,000.

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 24-month contract period/term.

The activity for the request must fall within the November 2, 2018 to November 1, 2020.

Project expenditures prior to Master Contract for Grants (MCG) start date and after the MCG end date are not eligible for reimbursement or match.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:

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.

Applicants whom received funding through the 2017 Environmental Justice Green Jobs for Youth RFA are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

For the purposes of this grant opportunity, a community based organization is an organization that:
-Serves the residents of an area equal to or smaller than a town or city outside of New York City, or an area equal to or smaller than one of the five boroughs within New York City; and
-Cannot have its charter revoked or otherwise be dissolved through the action of another organization; and
-Is able to enter into legal agreements independent of any affiliated nonprofit organization, government body, university or other entity that would be ineligible to apply for this grant; and
-Has more than 50 percent of its members residing in the affected community, or more than 50 percent of the people served by the applicant community group residing in the affected community.

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.

Individuals, municipalities, universities, and unincorporated groups may not apply, but an eligible nonprofit organization, known as a fiscal sponsor, may apply on behalf of an unincorporated community based organization. A community based organization may partner with a New York State nonprofit organization (NFP) that will serve as their fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor accepts responsibility to serve as a fiscal conduit for a DEC-funded project, receiving and disbursing funds related to the grant, and administering the requirements throughout the DEC grant process, including final reporting of grant activity. The unincorporated group completes the project activity.

All NFP applicants must be registered and prequalified in the NYS Grants Gateway by the due date of this application to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity.

A NFP serving as a fiscal sponsor to an eligible community‐based organization must provide, at the time of application, a fiscal sponsor agreement between the community group, otherwise the application will be disqualified in the application pass/fail review. The fiscal sponsor must assume the responsibility for submission of the on‐line grant application and must sign a contractual agreement with DEC on behalf of the community group should grant funding be awarded. The NFP fiscal sponsor is not required to have members in the affected community.

Fiscal Sponsor Agreement (as applicable):

A fiscal sponsor letter of agreement must be uploaded with the application by the application due date (if applicable). The letter of agreement must be between the qualifying, eligible community group and the NFP that will serve as the community group’s fiscal sponsor. The agreement must state the NFP will serve as the fiscal sponsor and will assume the responsibility for the project application, the performance of work consistent with this RFA and execution of a State of New York Master Contract for Grants or Letter of Agreement. The letter of agreement should be addressed to the NFP applicant serving as the fiscal sponsor.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants may attend one-hour webinars that will show applicants how to find and apply for a grant opportunity in the NYS Grants Gateway system. Sessions are available every Tuesday and Thursday.

More information about the webinars may be found on the calendar here:

Pre-Application Information:

Pursuant to the New York State Division of Budget Bulletin H-1032, dated June 7, 2013, New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process which require nonprofits to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process for applications to be evaluated.

All Applicants must be Prequalified in the Grants Gateway at the time and date that the application is due. Applications received from nonprofit Applicants that have not registered and are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway by the application due date and time listed at the beginning of this document cannot be evaluated. If you are not Prequalified at that time and date, your application will not be considered. Such applications will be disqualified from further consideration.

Questions regarding this grant opportunity will be accepted by the Department until C.O.B. July 13th, 2018. All questions and answers will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway application for all applicants to view.

Applications are due by July 20, 2018, 3:00 PM.

-Application Period Begins: April 26, 2018
-Webinar: May 1, 2018 10:30 AM
-Question & Answer Period Ends: July 13, 2018
-Award(s) Announced By: August 31, 2018
-Application Due Date: 3:00 PM, July 20, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Dana McClure

Funding or Pin Number:

Grant Opportunity ID DEC01-EJVB-2017

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Central Brooklyn;   New York