The Hudson River Foundation is administering $1 million dollars from the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project (EBP). What’s that you ask? Back in 2008, after decades of work by a highly mobilized and vocal Greenpoint-Williamsburg activist community, New York State and New York City reached a landmark agreement to upgrade the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure compliance with environmental laws. The agreement also provides $10 million for community environmental benefit projects — the largest such allocation in state history. This is part of that $10 million…
There has been a call for proposals for the Fund’s first cycle of grantmaking!
From the Hudson River Foundation:
“The NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund requests proposals for environmental education, public access and stewardship projects that will benefit communities along Newtown Creek. In accordance with the settlement agreement creating the Fund, priority will be given to projects in and around Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and along Newtown Creek and the East River (both Brooklyn and Queens). NYCEF will provide financial support for qualifying projects that promote the environmental health and revitalization of natural resources and that increase public understanding of, access to and enjoyment of the environment. The typical grant size will be between $5,000 and $25,000.”
(Info on a flyer says deadline extended until April 22nd)
To help people prepare, the Hudson River Foundation is hosting 2 information meetings to help the Queens & Greenpoint community apply:
Mon April 4th & Tues April 12th. 630-8pm.
Newtown Creek Wastewater treatment Plant Visitor Center
329 Greenpoint Avenue (@ intersection of Humboldt St)
If you want to get some $$ for your environemtal project, these are very important workshops. You will find out how to apply to the Fund for support of environmental projects, learning more about applicant qualifications, applicant guidelines and criteria, the geographic target area, and the grantmaking timeline and review process.