The Time Has Come: $19.5 Million On Its Way to Greenpoint

by Ryan Watson on

Decades after the ExxonMobil oil spill, the settlement money which resulted in $19.5 million in Environmental Benefit Projects (EBP) for Greenpoint has finally come to fruition. To a full house of over 400 people last night’s public meeting regarding the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) program administrators laid out the next steps moving forward for the distribution of those funds.

The initial solicitation of proposals will be begin the week of October 14th, with a deadline of November 20th. Grants will be given out in the following increments:

  • Small grants: Grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for small, ready-to- implement environmental improvement projects, such as those that teach residents how to be better stewards of the community’s environment.
  • Large grants: Grants of more than $25,000 for larger projects related to planning and design, environmental restoration, infrastructure, stewardship, or improving parks and open space.
  • Legacy Grants: Grants of more than $2,000,000 are available for projects that have an exceptionally high environmental benefit or have multiple benefits. These projects should provide widespread benefits throughout the Greenpoint community, and have broad- based community support.

Small grants will require a completed proposal with full budgetary details as the administrators are seeking to review and approve those grants by the end of the year and distribute the funds in early 2014. Large and Legacy grants will need to submit a short two-page application for initial review followed by a more detailed proposal sometime next year. Matching funds are encouraged for grant applicants.

For more information check out the GCEF factsheet.

Questions about the GCEF? Email, call 718-389-9044 x15 or visit their website for more details.

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.