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.


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.

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


February 21, 2020
WE ACT will publish a finalized Q&A document on February 21, 2020. It will be available here.


March 30, 2020
Completed applications are due at 11:59 PM EST on March 30, 2020. They can be submitted online (via a submission form that will be posted here shortly) or mailed to the attention of Matt Dean at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, 1854 Amsterdam Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10031.


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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