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New York Community Greenworks Initiative

Grants to New York Community-Based Nonprofits for Training
in Green Neighborhood and Workforce Development Initiatives

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New York State Department of State (DOS)

Deadline Date:

08/07/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to New York nonprofit community-based organizations for travel expenses to attend training sessions in green neighborhood and workforce development initiatives. Funding is intended to support the participation of organizational representatives in workshops that focus on neighborhood planning, sustainable neighborhood revitalization, environmental justice, and green workforce development.

The New York Community Greenworks Initiative has been developed to bridge the gap between low-income New Yorkers and their participation and work in the green technology sector. The Community Greenworks Initiative seeks to provide training to:

- Strengthen low-income communities through empowering neighborhood leaders to have influence in the development process and play a key role in future neighborhood planning.
- Revitalize unutilized areas such as vacant lots, abandoned homes, and/or underused properties by providing green solutions such as community gardens, green infrastructure, energy efficient technology, etc.
- Empower a low-income local workforce development program to equip workers with the training necessary to secure employment in the green technology/construction sector.
- Address potential environmental justice concerns and promote equity in areas that may be disproportionately burdened by negative environmental impacts.

The Community Greenworks Initiative will provide technical assistance in the development of a community-based Greenworks Action Plan for a potential environmental justice neighborhood that links community needs and priorities with redevelopment and/or placemaking opportunities. The Action Plans will position revitalization of low-income neighborhoods through sustainable development practices and will provide improved living conditions, as well as a potential pathway for community members to employment in the green technology sector.

Through this Request for Applications (RFA), the Department of State (DOS) will select not-for-profit community-based organizations (CBOs) to participate in Phase I of the New York Community Greenworks Initiative - completion of the Greenworks Training Institute to develop New York Community Green Leaders. The Institute is comprised of two week-long training workshops, culminating in completion of a Greenworks Action Plan and identification of a “first mover” project. This will provide eligibility to apply for a Phase II grant (to become available in a separate Request for Applications) to support project implementation.

Grant monies may be used for travel expenses for up to three (3) employees, volunteers, or partners from each selected Green Leaders organization, to facilitate participation in the two week-long segments of the Greenworks Training Institute.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186235

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Through this Request for Applications (RFA), the Department of State (DOS) will select up to six (6) not-for-profit community-based organizations (CBOs) to participate in Phase I of the New York Community Greenworks Initiative.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

All activities described will take place for and during the two week-long Training Institutes, specific dates to be determined, and will commence upon execution of a contract between the state and each awardee.
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: September 1, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are New York State community-based organizations (CBOs) that meet the following criteria:

- Applicant is a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code at the time of application;
- Organization’s stated mission must include a focus on community redevelopment, workforce development, and/or community revitalization;
- Organization must have been established no less than one year prior to the release of this RFA;
- Organization must have an established presence in a community with demonstrated financial need, which is the targeted community that is the focus of the application; and
- Targeted community is located in, or contains, a potential Environmental Justice Area as established by DEC CP-29 on Environmental Justice and Permitting. (For potential EJ Areas, see For information on potential Environmental Justice areas in New York State, see Projects not located in or containing a potential Environmental Justice area will be disqualified.

Applicant organizations are encouraged to form partnerships with other community- or issue-based organizations, including land banks, workforce development organizations, non-profit housing development corporations, local development corporations, etc., for the purposes of this RFA.

Candidates must have staff capacity to attend two week-long Training Institutes and have a strong interest in incorporating sustainability, green building, energy efficiency, environmental justice, and workforce development in their organization’s work.

Ineligible Expenses:

- Personal services, including direct salaries, wages and fringe benefits for activities related to project work by employees
- Contingency provisions
- Taxes, insurance, fines, penalties, deficit funding
- Fundraising events/expenses
- Lobbying expenses
- General-purpose equipment, e.g. office furnishings, air conditioning, reproduction and printing equipment
- Alcoholic beverages
- Any other cost item that is not reasonable or necessary in travel to and accommodation at the Greenworks
Training Institute

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:

- Release Date: June 12, 2019
- Questions Due Date: June 28, 2019
- Updates and Responses to Questions Posted Date: July 10, 2019
- Application Due Date: August 7, 2019, 4:00 pm
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: September 1, 2019

All questions must be submitted by email (see Contact Information below) and received on or before the Questions Due Date indicated above. No responses will be provided to inquiries made by telephone.

Applicant must be prequalified in the Grants Gateway by the application due date.

All applications must be delivered to Catherine Traina. Digital copies must be submitted in PDF format on a compact disc or flash drive. No e-mail submissions will be accepted. If delivered by hand, applications must be received by the due date and time. Applicants mailing their bid must allow sufficient mail delivery time to ensure receipt of their application at the specified location no later than the specified date and time.

This is a reimbursable grant.

Contact Information:

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

To prequalify in the Grants Gateway:

Application package must be submitted to:

Catherine Traina, Contract Administration Unit
New York State Department of State
Bureau of Fiscal Management
RFA #18-OPD-52
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Ave, Suite 1110
Albany, NY 12231-0001

Submit all questions via email to (with the subject line: NYS Greenworks Application RFA 18-OPD52, General Question).

Contact Information:

Chris Bauer
New York Department of State
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1010
Albany, NY 12231

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA #18-OPD-52

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York