Jan. 23, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
An environmental fund will be awarding over $1 million in grants for project proposals that aim to make Greenpoint greener.
Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be allocated by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to proposals that cater to Greenpoint-centric environmental concerns, be it improving water quality, addressing toxic pollution, bettering air quality, and more.
Projects that work off of past GCEF-funded work will receive funding priority, along with proposals that touch on a new environmental target and audience. Top consideration will also be given to projects that benefit a significant portion of the Greenpoint population.
Applicants eligible to apply include non-profits, local government bodies, and academic and educational institutions. Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible to seek a grant.
The GCEF also outlines project boundaries for the 11222 zip code area, and the entirety of McCarren Park.
Applications are due by March 15, 2018, and projects must begin within one month of grand award notification, which is expected to be July 15, 2018. The project should be completed by July 1, 2019. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for complete instructions and guidance on applying for a grant.
An online grant application webinar is also planned for Jan. 24 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register for the webinar here.
The GCEF has awarded $16.8 million in grants to 40 projects since 2013. Past awarded projects include a green roof feasibility study at the Greenpoint Reformed Church, a plan to restore an area surrounding the Newtown Creek and open it to the public, an environmentally themed mural, and restoring McGolrick Park.
The GCEF is a joint environmental grant program of the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation. It was created in 2011 by the state with money obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill, first discovered in the late 1970s.