DEC Extends Deadline for Air Monitoring Capacity Building Grant Applications
$1 Million in Grants Available, Application Deadline Extended to Oct. 12
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the extension of the application deadline for DEC's Air Monitoring Capacity Building Grant to Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. The $1 million grant program is designed to support New York's statewide air quality and greenhouse gas mobile monitoring initiative currently underway in 10 disadvantaged communities statewide identified as having a disproportionate air pollution burden based on criteria developed by the State's Climate Justice Working Group (leaves DEC website). The communities include Buffalo/Tonawanda/Niagara Falls, Capital Region (Albany/Rensselaer/Cohoes/Watervliet), Bronx, Manhattan, Rochester, Syracuse, the Mount Vernon/Yonkers area, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Hempstead area.
"The success of DEC's statewide air monitoring initiative depends on our partnerships with groups on the ground," said Commissioner Seggos. "This funding opportunity is available to support these community partners to launch important work and initiatives in neighborhoods long overburdened by environmental pollution. I encourage eligible communities to apply for this support in the fight against air pollution and our work to combat climate change."
Eligible community-based organizations in these 10 identified communities can apply for $50,000 to $100,000 to be used for, but not limited to, developing, or strengthening existing programs focused on reducing exposure and improving public health in communities most impacted by air pollution, or supporting community engagement in the State's air monitoring program. Information about the grants can be found at DEC's website. Fact sheets and maps about each of the 10 communities can be found at DEC's website.
This grant opportunity, first announced by Governor Kathy Hochul in July (leaves DEC website), is supported by the State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) with resources designated to environmental justice communities. Individual award amounts will range from $50,000 to $100,000. DEC is now accepting applications until Oct. 12, 2022, at 3 p.m., through the New York State Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website). Among the many environmental victories in the 2022-23 State Budget (leaves DEC website), Governor Hochul succeeded in increasing the EPF from $300 to $400 million, the highest-ever level of funding in the program's history.
For more information, contact DEC's Office of Environmental Justice by email at [email protected] (be sure to include Community Air Monitoring Capacity Building Program in the subject line of the email), or by phone at (518) 402-8556. The question and answer period closes Sept. 28, 2022.
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