The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation(DEC) has awarded $2.6 million in grants to 28 organizations to help combat pollution and toxins in low-income communities.
Governor Andrew Cuomo along with the DEC made the announcement Thursday. The funding will help projects fight public health concerns and environmental issues in low-income and minority communities across the state, according to the governor.
Organizations that were awarded Community Impact Grants include the following:
Western New York
- The Square Community Garden & Farmers Market Project: $93,830, Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. fiscal sponsor for Fillmore Forward, Inc.
- Growing Green: $75,500, Massachusetts Avenue Project Inc.
- Community Empowerment through Community Participatory Mapping: $99,990, Arbor Hill Development Corporation
- Urban Environmental Transformation: Youth Empowerment for Community Change: $99,929, Capital Roots Inc.
- Germinating The NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center: $100,000, Media Alliance, Inc.
- Albany South End Environmental Justice Project Expansion: $100,000, RADIX Ecological Sustainability Center
- Material Reuse as Community Resource for Underserved Populations in Ithaca NY: $93,525, Finger Lakes ReUse Inc.
- Urban Agriculture Engagement and Food Waste Diversion Program: $100,000, Blueprint Geneva, Inc.
- Green Visions Workforce Development Program and Community Gardens: $100,000, Friends of the Garden Aerial Inc.
- Engaging Renters in Rochester's Potential Environmental Justice Areas in Healthy Homes Advocacy: $98,330, Rochester Peoples Climate Coalition, Inc fiscal sponsor for Rochester's City-Wide Tenants' Union (CWTU)
- From Vision to Reality: The Yonkers Greenway Community Park: $100,000, Groundwork Hudson Valley
- Poughkeepsie Gardens: $100,000, Poughkeepsie Farm Project
- The Yonkers Blue Team: Tackling Local Water Quality Issues through Research and Youth Engagement: $100,000, Sarah Lawrence College fiscal sponsor for Beczak Environmental Education Center
- Riverside Maritime Trail Phase II Development & Programming: $50,000, Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, Inc.
- Project BAY AREA: $100,000, Long Beach Latino Civic Association
New York City
- Pollinator Raingarden: $72,953, Bronx River Alliance, Inc.
- Low Income HDFC Environmental Resiliency Project: $100,000, Cooper Square Community Development Committee
- Tibbetts Restoration, Exploration and Clean-Up (TREC): $99,995, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
- Gowanus Canal Conservancy School Clean & Green Program: $99,702, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Inc.
- Mapping Environmental (In)Justice: $89,664, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
- Urban Lab for Open Spaces Air Monitoring Study: $99,003, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn
- Shore Corps: Green Stewards Youth Internship & Workforce Development Program: $100,000, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Inc.
- Measuring Bronx River Water Quality and Pathogen Levels: $77,577, Rocking the Boat, Inc.
- The Bronx is Blooming's Program for Leaders Advancing their Community's Environment (PLACE): $100,000, The Bronx is Blooming
- East New York Healthy Soil Initiative: $100,000, United Community Centers, Inc.
- The Sunset Park Regenerative Energy Education Project (REEP): $50,000, UPROSE Inc.
- A Community-Based Education and Planning Project about Climate Change-Related Health Impacts in Inwood: $100,000, West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.
- YMPJ Air, Water, & Food Vulnerability Project: $100,000, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Inc.