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Environmental Justice Grant Programs

Community Impact Grants

The 2017 Environmental Justice Green Jobs for Youth Grant have been announced! Grant Funding is now available for the development of Urban Environmental Educational Centers.

DEC's Office of Environmental Justice offers Community Impact Grants to provide community-based organizations with funding for projects that address various environmental and public health concerns. The program has a particular focus on low-income and minority communities that have historically been burdened by environmental problems. Those environmental problems include a large number of regulated facilities; contaminated sites; noise, air and water pollution; health problems and lack of green space and waterfront access. The Community Impact Grants empower stakeholders to be actively engaged in finding solutions to the disproportionate burdens that EJ communities may experience.

The Community Impact Grants have been an important source of support for communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxins. The grants have helped communities generate data through citizen science and have helped to engage residents in addressing and understanding the challenges and opportunities for improving community health, safety, and sustainability. These grants are essential support for engaging underserved communities throughout the state.

The Community Impact Grants program started in 2006. Since its inception, DEC's Office of Environmental Justice has awarded more than $4 million in 121 grants to organizations statewide that have made exceptional improvements in the communities they serve. Projects that have been funded include: research, community gardens, tree plantings, education and curriculum development, urban farming training, habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, air quality monitoring and more.

Prequalification Requirement

Pursuant to the New York State Division of Budget Bulletin H-1032, dated June 7, 2013, New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process which require not-for-profits to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for proposals to be evaluated. Information on these initiatives can be found on the Grants Reform Website.

Proposals received from not-for-profit applicants that have not Registered and are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway on the proposal due date of 00:00 PM on 00/00/00 cannot be evaluated. Such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration.

Below is a summary of the steps that must be completed to meet registration and prequalification requirements. The Vendor Prequalification Manual on the Grants Reform Website details the requirements and an online tutorial are available to walk users through the process.

1) Register for the Grants Gateway.

  • On the Grants Reform Website, download a copy of the Registration Form for Administrator. A signed, notarized original form must be sent to the Division of Budget at the address provided in the instructions. You will be provided with a Username and Password allowing you to access the Grants Gateway.

If you have previously registered and do not know your Username please email . If you do not know your Password please click the Forgot Password link from the main log in page and follow the prompts.

2) Complete your Prequalification Application.

  • Log in to the Grants Gateway. If this is your first time logging in, you will be prompted to change your password at the bottom of your Profile page. Enter a new password and click SAVE.
  • Click the Organization(s) link at the top of the page and complete the required fields including selecting the State agency you have the most grants with. This page should be completed in its entirety before you SAVE. A Document Vault link will become available near the top of the page. Click this link to access the main Document Vault page.
  • Answer the questions in the Required Forms and upload Required Documents. This constitutes your Prequalification Application. Optional Documents are not required unless specified in this Request for Proposal.
  • Specific questions about the prequalification process should be referred to your agency representative or to the Grants Reform Team at

3) Submit Your Prequalification Application

  • After completing your Prequalification Application, click the Submit Document Vault Link located below the Required Documents section to submit your Prequalification Application for State agency review. Once submitted the status of the Document Vault will change to In Review.
  • If your Prequalification reviewer has questions or requests changes you will receive email notification from the Gateway system.
  • Once your Prequalification Application has been approved, you will receive a Gateway notification that you are now prequalified to do business with New York State.

Vendors are strongly encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible in order to participate in this opportunity.

Urban Environmental Education Centers

Governor Cuomo announced $1 million in new grants for the development of Urban Environmental Education Centers (Centers). Education plays a critical role in the Governor's efforts to combat climate change, grow the clean energy economy, and protect public health and the environment. This new grant opportunity furthers the Governor's environmental justice and education platform by supporting community-based organizations in their efforts to educate residents on environmental issues. These Centers will explore a broad range of topics such as urban ecology, environmental justice challenges, green technology, and urban environmental sustainability.

The grant opportunity is available on the New York State Grants Gateway. Go to Grants Gateway (link leaves DEC's website.) If you are currently a registered user on the Gateway, please log in using your credentials. If you are not a registered user, please select the "request access now" link under Registration and follow the instructions.

More information is available at: Grants Reform site.

Applications are due February 2, 2018 by 3:00 PM EST

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