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Environmental Justice Grant Programs

The current round of Community Impact Grants is now closed.

OEJ offers competitive grants to support and empower communities as they develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental issues, harms, and health hazards, build community consensus, set priorities, and improve public outreach and education.

Eligible sole applicants must be must be 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. Organizations with other types of tax-exempt status, such as 501(c)(4), are not eligible to apply for an EJ Grant without a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Eligibility requirements may vary between grant opportunities. Please read the corresponding Request for Applications for detail, application instructions, and eligibility requirements.

Past projects funded by OEJ can be viewed on Open Data.

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.

Please review the RFA for in the Grants Gateway for more information on application due date and eligibility. Proposals not received by the proposal date in the RFA can not 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.

Community Impact Grants

This grant opportunity is currently unavailable

Community Impact Grants provide community-based organizations with funding for projects that address various environmental and public health concerns that disproportionately affect low-income and minority communities. 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. These grants have helped communities generate data through community-based science and have helped to engage residents in addressing and understanding the challenges and opportunities for improving community health, safety, and sustainability.

Currently, $4.3 million is available to help eligible community-based organizations. Eligible organizations are those located in the affected community, serving the residents of an area equal to or smaller than a town or city outside of New York City, or an area equal to or smaller than one of the five boroughs within New York City. Further eligibility information is available online at the Grant Opportunity Portal. Projects must address a community's exposure to multiple environmental harms and include a new research component that will be used to expand the knowledge of the affected community.

DEC will accept questions regarding this grant opportunity until close of business June 26, 2019. All questions and answers will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway on a rolling basis. Applicants are required to register and prequalify in the Grants Gateway before applying. Once registered and prequalified, organizations can apply for the grant in the Grants Gateway. Instructions and application are available online at the Grants Gateway website.

Administration of Environmental Justice Capacity Building Grants

This grant opportunity is currently unavailable

The selected administrator will provide grants to help environmental justice focused community-based organizations develop administrative, technical, and programmatic capacity and expand services protecting public health and the environment. $1 million is available from the Environmental Protection Fund to support implementation and administration of a capacity building grants program.

In 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a proposal to solicit an established not-for-profit to administer streamlined capacity building grants to community based organizations focused on addressing environmental justice issues. Established not for profit organizations with demonstrated knowledge of environmental justice, a history of prioritizing environmental justice issues, and experience building a diverse and inclusive environmental movement are eligible for this solicitation. Please refer to the Request for Applications (PDF, 472 KB) for more eligibility criteria.

In accordance with the Scope of Work provided in Appendix II of the Request for Applications, the selected Administrator will distribute $900,000 and retain the remaining $100,000.

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