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 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.
The window for applying for these grants closed on April 30, 2020. We are now in the process of reviewing the applications.
On 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.