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Environmental Justice Grant Programs

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The Office of Environmental Justice (EJ) 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 (leaves DEC website).

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 Request For Applications (RFA) (see below) 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

Community Impact Grants provide funding for projects that address environmental and public health threats in low-income and minority communities, such as a large number of regulated facilities, contaminated sites, noise, air, and water pollution, health problems and a lack of green space and waterfront access. $4.1 million is available for community-based organizations to fully or partially fund projects that address environmental justice related concerns including, but not limited to environmental research, community gardens, tree plantings, education and curriculum development, urban farming training, habitat restoration, and the monitoring of air, and water quality. Organizations can apply to receive up to $100,000 in funding. 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.

Potential applicants may view the request for applications here (PDF). All applicants must prequalify through the Grants Gateway -- please enter Community Impact in the search function (leaves DEC website).

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