The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced Monday. The DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice will award more than $1 million to organizations serving communities that face multiple sources of environmental risks.
“The EJ grants boost areas that are disproportionately affected by a high concentration of pollution sources,” Martens said. “Under the leadership of Gov. Cuomo, these grants will ensure that financial resources are distributed to communities where the impact will be the greatest, and I encourage community organizations across the state to apply for an EJ grant.”
The grant awards will range from $2,500 to $50,000 to help local organizations with projects that address environmental and/or public health concerns. Ten percent of the total grant will be designated as “Green Gems Grants” where individual groups will be awarded $2,500 to $10,000 to be used exclusively for community-based monitoring, stewardship and education projects involving community gardens, parks and other open space.
Grant applications are due by March 8, and awards are expected to be made in early summer. During the last grant round in 2011, DEC awarded 24 grants totaling more than $1 million.
As part of the new EJ Grant application round, OEJ will host a series of grant workshops at various locations around the state in January. Details will be posted on OEJ’s grant web page at www.dec.ny.gov/public/31226.html.