DEC awards funding to fight pollution in low-income communities

Posted at 2:20 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 14:20:19-05

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.


Capital District

  • 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


Southern Tier

  • Material Reuse as Community Resource for Underserved Populations in Ithaca NY: $93,525, Finger Lakes ReUse Inc.


Finger Lakes

  • 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)


Mid-Hudson Valley

  • 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


Long Island

  • 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.