It’s that time of year: Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines

by Heather Van De Mark on

While you may be reveling in eggnog and mistletoe, there’s still plenty of wrapping up to be done before the end of the year, and I don’t mean the presents. Here’s a friendly reminder of a few end of year deadlines. Have any others to add? Mention them in the comments!

Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund: Wednesday, December 18, 5:00pm

Wednesday is the deadline to submit small grant proposals and legacy pre-proposals to the GCEF to get some of the $19.5 million Exxon money. It’s an online application that may get a bit tricky, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time! If you don’t make the deadline, and if there’s money left over, they’ll re-open the proposal process sometime next year. For more information and to apply, visit the GCEF website.


NYS DEC National Arbor Day Poster Contest for 5th Graders: Today, December 17

5th grade students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year’s contest theme: “New York’s Forest Where We Live!” The New York State winner will have his or her artwork replicated as the official 2014 New York State Arbor Day bookmark and the winning poster will be presented at the annual Arbor Day Celebration in Albany. For more information, visit the DEC website.

New York State Nursery and Landscape Association: Tuesday, December 31

Not a 5th grader? Don’t worry, you can still participate in an Arbor Day poster. “Each year the public is invited to submit photography and/or artwork to be considered for the State Arbor Day Poster. There are over 100,000 posters printed for distribution to 3,500 schools throughout New York State and distributed at the NYS Fair, as well as many other venues. The winning artist is honored at the annual state Arbor Day celebration at the New York State Capitol, when the NYS Arbor Day Committee presents the NYS Governor and First Lady with a framed Arbor Day poster.” For more information, visit the NYS NLA website.

Citizens Committee for New York City’s #Conserve H20 Contest: Tuesday, December 31

“New Yorkers have been getting smart about conserving and recycling water, with, among other things, rainwater harvesting systems, bio-swales, and rain gardens. We’re challenging you or your group to come up with the next great idea to conserve or recycle water, whether it’s in the form of a mobile app, a physical structure, or… you tell us. The clouds are the limit!” For more information, visit the CCNYC website

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.