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NYS allocates $7.3 million for environmental justice grants

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new round of Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants, providing $7.34 million to address environmental concerns in communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change. These grants, opening on April 29, aim to support community-based projects tackling environmental issues and legacy pollution.


The grants, administered by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and funded by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), reflect New York’s commitment to environmental justice. Since 2006, nearly $15 million has been awarded to community-based organizations for projects addressing environmental concerns and deploying community-driven solutions.

Projects eligible for funding must address a community’s exposure to multiple environmental risks and include a research component to expand community knowledge. Eligible organizations, located in or serving affected communities, can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Applications open on April 29, 2024, with a deadline of August 7, 2024. For more information, contact DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice or visit DEC’s Environmental Justice webpage.