How to get some of the GCEF’s $19.5 million: Application & Networking Events, Tip Sheet

by Lucy Zappone on

Yesterday I attended the Applicant Webinar for the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) put on by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and if you have the opportunity to attend the next workshop in-person on November 13th at the Dupont Street Senior Housing, I highly suggest you go. Not because it’s necessary to apply, it’s definitely not, but because after this webinar I felt much more confident about the whole process.

The online application process is very straight forward and if you run into any problems there is technical help available. Check out the GCEF’s Tip Sheet [PDF] to learn more about the online process and helpful tips.

The two big things that I took away from this informational session were:

  1. If you are applying for a small grant, it’s a good idea to start putting together the documents you will need for your proposal way ahead of time, as we all know documents have a tendency to hide when you need them! The list of documents you will need can be found in the GCEF’s Tip Sheet [PDF] and include such items as tax forms, maps, ownership, letters of support, etc.
  2. Even if you are not affiliated with an eligible organization (eligible organizations are those with 501 (c) status) but you have a great idea for a grant, you can find a fiscal sponsor to partner up with. Next Thursday, November 7th, there will be a networking event for those who are interested in teaming up.

Start brainstorming, planning and then submit your proposals! There is a lot of money available and this is a wonderful opportunity to make our neighborhood even better!

Important GCEF Dates

November 7, 2013 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Networking Event at the Polish and Slavic Center, 176 Java Street. This event is also a good one to attend if you want to network and meet others working on different proposals.

November 13, 2013 from 6:30pm – 8pm: Applicant Workshop at the Dupont Street Senior Housing, 80 Dupont Street.

December 18, 2013 at 5pm: Proposals for Small Grants and pre-proposals for large and legacy grants are DUE

Lucy Zappone

Lucy Zappone

Lucy is currently pursuing her masters degree in Urban Affairs at Hunter College. Originally from Seattle, Lucy has lived in New York since 2005 and in the charming Greenpoint neighborhood since 2010. Lucy is very excited to be interning with GWAPP and can be found at one of the many coffee shops in Greenpoint working away.