New York State Environmental Justice Capacity-Building Grant Program

WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT) has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help build 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 will be done through a capacity-building grant program, in which WE ACT will award 18 grants – $50,000 each, for a total of $900,000 – to eligible groups throughout New York State’s nine DEC regions.


In light of the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus, WE ACT has extended the deadline for applications to April 30, 2020.


Download the Request for Applications


Follow this link to Apply for a Grant. You will also need to attach this Budget Template and Diversity Table when you submit your online application. If you are having trouble accessing the online portal, which is the preferred method of application, then you can download the Microsoft Word version and email that to along with the aforementioned attachments.

Questions? Watch our webinar to learn more. You can also download our FAQ.


The following is a timeline for this process, which will be updated as we proceed:


April 30, 2020 – UPDATED
Completed applications are now due at 11:59 PM EST on April 30, 2020. They can be submitted online, via the instructions above.


June 20, 2020
WE ACT will announce the successful proposals by directly contacting the applicants. This will be followed by a public announcement with the DEC later this year. And WE ACT will then enter into grant agreements with each grantee and distribute the awarded funds.

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