New York State Environmental Justice Capacity-Building Grant Program

WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT) was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help build the administrative, technical, and programmatic capacity of grassroots and community-based organizations working to achieve environmental justice and sustainability in low-income communities, communities of color, or underserved communities across the state. This is being done through a capacity-building grant program, in which WE ACT has awarded 18 grants – $50,000 each, for a total of $900,000 – to eligible groups throughout New York State’s nine DEC regions.

On August 18, 2020, the New York Stage Governor’s Office announced the recipients of the $50,000 Environmental Justice Capacity-Building Grants:

Capital District
Kite’s Nest, Hudson
Media Alliance, Troy
Soul Fire Farm Institute, Inc., Petersburg

Central New York
Brady Faith Center, Inc., Syracuse
Onondaga Earth Corps, Inc., Syracuse
Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc. (VINES), Binghamton

Hudson Valley
Groundwork Hudson Valley, Yonkers

Long Island
Long Beach Latino Civic Association, Long Beach

New York City
BK ROT, Brooklyn
Friends of WHEELS, Manhattan
Cooper Square Community Development Committee, Inc., Manhattan
Sure We Can, Inc., Brooklyn
South Bronx Unite, Bronx
The Campaign Against Hunger, Brooklyn
The Guardians of Flushing Bay, Inc., Queens
WE STAY/Nos Quedamos, Inc., Bronx

Western New York
Connected Communities, Rochester
Grassroots Gardens of Western New York, Buffalo



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