Funding Available for Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 8:19 pm | Updated: 8:25 pm, Sun Apr 22, 2018.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced approximately $4.5 million in Community Impact Grant funding is available to support communities across New York that are disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxins. Community Impact Grants provide community-based organizations with funding for projects that address various environmental and public health concerns, with a particular focus on low-income and minority communities historically burdened by environmental problems.

"All New Yorkers deserve to live in a safe, healthy environment and these grants help to ensure that families and communities across the state, regardless of socioeconomic status, are given the support they need to implement green projects," said Governor Cuomo. "New York will continue to lead the nation in environmental initiatives that protect New Yorkers and the planet, creating a cleaner and greener future for all."

Community Impact Grants, a critical component of Governor Cuomo's aggressive Environmental Justice agenda, are funded through the state's Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation's Office of Environmental Justice. Funded projects include targeted research, community gardens, tree plantings, education and curriculum development, urban farming training, habitat restoration, as well as water and air quality monitoring. Since 2006, more than $5 million has been distributed for 145 Environmental Justice projects statewide.

Funding will be distributed to communities around the state, and for the first time in the program's history, interested organizations can request up to $100,000 for proposed projects. Not-for-profit community-based organizations are eligible to apply for Community Impact Grants to work on projects that address environmental and public health concerns of residents in impacted neighborhoods. Projects must address a community's exposure to multiple harms and risks and include a research component that will be used to expand the knowledge of the affected community.

Organizations must have their have their primary office located in the affected community, serve 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 must address environmental or public health issues of the residents of the affected community.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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