New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)
12/13/18 3:00 PM ET
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. Funding is intended for training programs for jobs 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 are provided in Appendix I of the RFA.
Proposals must be for proposed programs located in or directly benefiting one of or a combination of the following Assembly Districts (AD) listed under Eligible Project Locations.
Eligible Project Expenditures:
1.Personal Services Salary. are employees working directly for the grantee and may include project coordinators, faculty/instructors, in-house education/training staff, and support staff such as lab or teaching assistants. Staff who spend a portion of their time working directly for the grant must maintain time records documenting the amount of time performing grant-related work.
2. Fringe Benefits. Fringe benefits consist of allowances and services provided by employers to their employees as compensation other than salaries of staff whose salaries are directly charged to this grant. Fringe benefits include the costs of leave, employee insurance, pensions, and unemployment benefit plans. Fringe benefits are limited to 15 percent of the staff salary. Paid staff, including fringe benefits, to any individual person cannot exceed 30 percent of the total grant award.
3. Contractual. Contractual services include all services performed by individuals or firms considered to be professional or semiprofessional in nature. A written agreement is required. Contractual services (e.g., an adjunct professor or guest lecturer) related directly to education/training should be categorized under Contractual.
4. Equipment. Costs for equipment (purchase or rental). Note that any equipment purchased with funding provided by this grant program cannot be sold, transferred or used for other purposes without written approval from DEC.
5. Curriculum Development. Curriculum development includes all contractual, personal and fringe benefit direct costs directly attributable to the development or modification of curricula to be used in program courses and should be categorized under Contractual or personnel respectively.
6. Recruitment. Recruitment refers to finding and referring individuals to training programs. If this work is completed by a staff member it should be categorized under personal services salary/fringe, while any non-staff time/services spent on recruitment should be categorized under Contractual.
7. Education/Training. Education/training includes all contractual services and/or staffing expenses directly attributable to education and training activities. These expenses should be listed under Contractual or Salary/Fringe respectively. Additional education/training costs may consist of classroom space, books and materials, training supplies (including on-the- job training), etc. and should be categorized in the B-1 Summary according to expense type. Applicants may budget a portion of funds for basic skills education/training, including adult basic education, developmental education, and related services.
8. Support Services. Support services include services such as transportation, child care, dependent care, and needs-related payments that are necessary to enable an individual to participate in training activities. They, however, do not include wage subsidies. Applicants may budget up to 5 percent of funds for support services. Support services should be categorized under Other.
9. Placement/Retention Services. Placement services refer to activities that assist in placing participants in employment and may include assisting participants with resumes, hosting job fairs or otherwise engaging employers, and referring participants to employers. Retention services refer to supportive services to ensure that participants, once placed, remain employed. This should be categorized under Personal Services or Contractual Services.
10. Travel. Travel expenses are incurred specifically to carry out the performance of this grant. Examples of travel costs are transportation, lodging, subsistence, and related items incurred by employees traveling on official business to carry out the performance of this grant. Note that the grant will not pay for travel to conferences or other professional meetings or any travel outside New York State.
11. Supplies and other direct costs. Supplies or other direct costs referred to in this category include all tangible and expendable personal property other than equipment, such as pens, pencils, paper, printers, ink, textbooks, etc. Supplies should be categorized under Other.
12. Grant Administration Costs: Administrative costs incurred by a fiscal sponsor for administering the grant or assisting in the project. Costs claimed by the fiscal sponsor to administer the grant that are paid from grant funds are limited to management and recordkeeping of grant funds, preparation of grant contract documents and preparation and submittal of mandatory reports on funded projects as specified in the grant contract. Administrative costs cannot exceed 10 percent of the total grant award and should be clearly identified as ‘Administrative’ costs in the Personal Services or Contractual Services budget category.
GrantWatch ID#: 183527
Minimum grant amount is $25,000. Maximum grant amount is $50,000.
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 January 17, 2019 to January 16, 2021.
Project expenditures prior to Master Contract for Grants (MCG) start date and after the MCG end date are not eligible for reimbursement or match.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: New York City: Central Brooklyn; New York