DEC Now Accepting Applications for Community Impact Grants

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DEC Now Accepting Applications for Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants - Application Deadline is June 14 

Blue Schools Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $4.3 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants is available to help communities across New York that are disproportionately impacted by pollution. The funding supports projects that address environmental and public health concerns in low-income communities and communities of color that have historically been burdened by environmental challenges. 

The grant funding is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) as part of New York State’s aggressive Environmental Justice agenda. To help continue the important programs funded by the EPF, the 2019-20 budget sustained its historic funding at $300 million. 

Eligible community-based organizations are those located in the affected community, serving 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. Further eligibility information is available online at the Grant Opportunity Portal. Projects must address a community's exposure to multiple environmental harms and include a new research component that will be used to expand the knowledge of the affected community.

Earth CorpDEC will accept questions regarding this grant opportunity until close of business May 31st, 2019. All questions and answers will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway on a rolling basis. Applicants are required to register and prequalify in the Grants Gateway before applying. Once registered and prequalified, organizations can apply for the grant in the Grants Gateway. Instructions and application are available online at the Grants Gateway website.

The application deadline is 3 p.m. EST on June 14, 2019. For a complete list of guidelines and more information, contact DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice at 518-402-2600,, or online at DEC's Environmental Justice web page.