ABOUT

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is a joint program of the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation. The GCEF program is a $19.5 million grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.

GCEF Goals

The GCEF’s goal is to fund projects that will address the Greenpoint Community’s environmental priorities through a process that is open, transparent, and ensures ongoing engagement and partnership with the community.

Grant Awards

To date, GCEF has awarded $11.4 million in grants to 24 projects and leveraged another $24 million in matching contributions, bringing GCEF’s investment in improving the Greenpoint’s environment to over $35 million.

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The GCEF was created in 2011 by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from funding obtained by the State in a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill. The Attorney General’s Office and DEC are jointly leading the GCEF.

At the outset of the GCEF, the State formed the Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel (CAP) to ensure that the Fund is implemented in collaboration with the Greenpoint community. The CAP – which is comprised of Greenpoint residents, representatives of local organizations, and elected officials – provides direct, on-going input to the State to assist in guiding the GCEF’s development and implementation. The CAP helped to create the process used for selecting a General Administrator for the GCEF. The CAP also helped to create the process used for soliciting, evaluating, and selecting projects to receive grant funding. It is important to note however that the CAP has not played a role in evaluating or selecting projects that have received grant funding.​ View CAP List

The GCEF Outreach Consultant provides advice, assistance, and support to the State on matters related to the Program’s ongoing engagement and partnership with the Greenpoint community. Working closely with the State – as well as the Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel (CAP) and the General Administrator since the program’s inception in 2011 – the Outreach Consultant has helped to design and implement the framework for GCEF, including developing the “community preferencing” process used to solicit community input on Large and Legacy project proposals for funding, as well as the selection processes for the GA. Currently, Laura Treciokas, a Greenpoint resident, serves as the GCEF Outreach Consultant.

As head of the Department of Law, the Attorney General is both the “People’s Lawyer” and the State’s chief legal officer. As the “People’s Lawyer,” the Attorney General serves as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens of New York, its organizations and its natural resources. In his role as the State’s chief legal counsel, the Attorney General not only advises the Executive branch of State government, but also defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the State. The Attorney General serves all New Yorkers in numerous matters affecting their daily lives. The Attorney General’s Office is charged with the statutory and common law powers to protect consumers and investors, charitable donors, the public health and environment, civil rights, and the rights of wage-earners and businesses across the State. The NYSOAG and the NYSDEC are jointly managing the GCEF program. They oversee the work conducted by the GA in administering the project selection, grant administration and financial management elements of the program and work closely with the CAP and Greenpoint to ensure ongoing community engagement and partnership in the GCEF. Visit NYS Attorney General website

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created on July 1, 1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment. It is DEC’s mission to “conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.” DEC’s goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives. The NYSOAG and the NYSDEC are jointly managing the GCEF program. They oversee the work conducted by the GA in administering the project selection, grant administration and financial management elements of the program and work closely with the CAP and Greenpoint to ensure ongoing community engagement and partnership in the GCEF. Visit NYS DEC website

Founded in 1979, NBDC is a community-driven not-for-profit devoted to improving housing, commerce, education, and quality of life in North Brooklyn. NBDC’s track-record of highly successful community programs include: administering the Department of Youth and Community Development Out of School-Time (OST) Program and Youth Summer Camp at PS 110 in Greenpoint; developing and managing six affordable housing projects in Greenpoint and Williamsburg; and playing a central role in creating a community-based vision for the Greenpoint waterfront.

NBDC works together with NFWF to develop and implement community outreach and consultation activities that ensure the Greenpoint community is engaged and partnered with in each phase of the Program. Visit NBDC website

Charted by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions. NFWF works with government, nonprofit and corporate partners to find solutions for the most intractable conservation challenges. In 29 years, NFWF has funded more than 4,000 organizations and committed more than $2.1 billion to conservation projects. Our Impact-Directed Environmental Account (IDEA) department manages more than $100 million in mitigation and settlement funds to create positive conservation outcomes.

NFWF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and are governed by a 30-member Board of Directors approved by the Secretary of the Interior. Visit NFWF website

 

Funded Projects

A primary goal of GCEF is to support projects that address the Greenpoint community’s environmental improvement priorities, including enhancing open space, greening buildings, infrastructure, and neighborhoods, restoring the waterfront, and promoting environmental education and stewardship.

To-date—through its direct grants from the Fund and matches secured from grantees—a total investment of nearly $35 million has been made into these priorities thanks to GCEF!

GCEF granting has included:

  • In December 2014, $11 million in “large” and “legacy” grants ($25,000 or greater) were awarded to six environmental improvement projects in Greenpoint. The funded projects were the top vote-getters in recent community voting organized by the GCEF. The $11 million in GCEF grants is being combined with $23.8 million in matching contributions from the grant recipients.
  • In March 2014, $395,135 in “small” grants (less than $25,000 each) were awarded to 18 projects for improving Greenpoint’s environment. This funding has been combined with $196,916 in matching funds from the grantees.

Explore the environmental improvement projects that GCEF has funded thus far in the Greenpoint community by clicking on a project below.

In the Community

It is GCEF’s goal to fund projects that will address the Greenpoint community’s environmental priorities through a process that is open, transparent, and ensures ongoing engagement and partnership with the community.

Click on the bars below to explore GCEF’s   History    Granting  and  Community Engagement   events.

 

  • August 6, 2015
    Deadline: Submittal of Small, Large and Legacy Grant Applications

    In response to the RFP released in April, GCEF received 26 proposals for Small Grants, 12 proposals for Large Grants and 4 proposals for Legacy Grants. In total, these 42 proposals addressing Greenpoint’s environmental improvement priorities requested a total of $14 million!

    Downloads and Links
    August 6, 2015
  • June 10, 2015
  • June 7, 2015
  • May/June 2015
    Workshops and Webinars for Small, Large and Legacy Grant Applicants

    Between May and June 2015, GCEF hosted 4 workshops, involving a total of 41 participants, and 1 webinar, involving 3 participants, to provide guidance and assistance to individuals and organizations interested in submitting GCEF grant proposals.

    Downloads and Links
    May/June 2015
  • May 4, 2015
  • April 26, 2015
    Release of Request for Proposals for Small, Large, and Legacy Grants

    The release of the GCEF’s final RFP, a request for proposals for Small, Large, and Legacy Grants to address the Greenpoint community’s environmental improvement priorities.

    April 26, 2015
  • March 24, 2015
  • March and June 2015
  • February 17, 2015
    Large/Legacy Grant Celebration

    GCEF held an event to celebrate the recipients of 2014 Large and Legacy Grant awards. The event also provided grantees with an opportunity to network with each other as well as to discuss matters involving grant administration.

    Downloads and Links
    February 17, 2015
  • January 22, 2015
  • December 17, 2014
    Large/Legacy Grant Awards Announcement

    NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens announced the award of a total of $11 million in GCEF Large and Legacy grants to 6 projects — the top vote-getters in community “preferencing” — addressing environmental priorities of the Greenpoint community.

    December 17, 2014
  • November 20 & 22, 2014
  • September 17, 2014
  • July 31, 2014
    Deadline: Submittal of Full Large and Legacy Grant Applications

    In response to the RFP released in June, GCEF received 22 project proposals for Large Grants and 2 proposals for Legacy Grants.

    July 31, 2014
  • July 23, 2014
  • June 15, 2014
  • June 2014
    Workshops and Webinars for Large/Legacy Grant Applicants

    In June of 2014, the GA hosted two workshops (involving a total of 24 participants) and one webinar (involving 14 participants) to provide assistance to individuals and organizations interested in submitting Large and Legacy Grant proposals.

    Downloads and Links
    June 2014
  • June 5, 2014
    Release of Large and Legacy Grants RFP to Invited Applicants

    An RFP for Large and Legacy Grants was provided to all those applicants invited to submit full proposals.

    June 5, 2014
  • May 19, 2014
    Small Grant Celebration/Networking Event

    The GCEF held an event to celebrate the recipients of 2014 Small Grant awards, and to provide them with an opportunity to network with other awardees and to discuss matters involving grant administration.

    Downloads and Links
    May 19, 2014
  • May 7, 2014
  • April 30, 2014
    Large and Legacy Grants RFP

    The GCEF extended invitations to 24 applicants for Large Grants and 2 applicants for Legacy Grants to submit full funding proposals.

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    April 30, 2014
  • April 1, 2014
    Managing your GCEF Grant

    The GA held an informational webinar for recipients of GCEF Small Grants on best grant management practices. 14 individuals and groups participated.

    Downloads and Links
    April 1, 2014
  • March 19, 2014
  • March 6, 2014
    Announcement of Small Grants Awards

    New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced the first grants from Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund: $395,135 in small grants – between $5,000 and $25,000 – to 18 projects addressing the environmental improvement priorities of Greenpoint residents.

    March 6, 2014
  • December 18, 2013
    Deadline: Small Grant Proposals and Large and Legacy Grant Pre-proposals

    The GCEF received 46 Small Grant proposals, and 45 Large and 5 Legacy Grant pre-proposals in response to the RFP issued in October.

    December 18, 2013
  • December 6, 2013
    Applicant Support Workshops and Webinars

    Between November and December 2013, the GA hosted 3 workshops (involving 160 participants) and 2 webinars (involving 64 participants) to provide assistance to individuals and organizations interested in submitting Small Grant proposals or Large and Legacy Grant pre-proposals.

    Downloads and Links
    December 6, 2013
  • November 20, 2013
  • October 16, 2013
    Release of Request for Proposals for Small Grants and Request for Pre-Proposals for Large and Legacy Grants

    The release of the GCEF’s first RFP, a request for proposals for Small Grants and for pre-proposals for Large and Legacy grants to address the Greenpoint community’s environmental improvement priorities.

    October 16, 2013
  • October 09, 2013
  • September 25, 2013
  • September 11, 2013
  • August 28, 2013
  • July 25, 2013
  • June 20, 2013
  • May 02, 2013
  • April 18, 2013
  • March 21, 2013
  • Feb 11th 2013
  • February 8, 2013
    Appointment of the GCEF General Administrator

    The State announced the selection of a partnership comprised of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Greenpoint-based North Brooklyn Development Corporation to serve as the GA and oversee the administration of the GCEF.

    Downloads and Links
    February 8, 2013
  • October 24, 2012
  • August 27, 2012
    Deadline: Applications for General Administrator received

    The State received 2 applications – one from a single organization and one from a partnership of organizations – to serve as the GA for the GCEF. A five-person team comprised of New York State employees and the State’s Community Outreach Consultant reviewed the applications, met with the applicants, and then scored the applications.

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    August 27, 2012
  • July 6, 2012
    Release of Request for Applications for General Administrator

    The State released a RFA soliciting organizations or partnerships of organizations to serve as the administrator for the GCEF. The State held a pre-application conference for all interested applicants for the GA position on July 25, 2012.

    July 6, 2012
  • June 11, 2012
  • April 18, 2012
  • March 21, 2012
  • February 29, 2012
  • January 23, 2012
  • December 1, 2011
  • November 18, 2011
    Establishment of a Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel

    The Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel (CAP), comprised of Greenpoint residents, representatives of local organizations, and elected officials, was established to provide direct, on-going guidance to the State on the GCEF’s development and implementation.

    November 18, 2011
  • April 2011
    Creation of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund

    Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation (the State) created the $19.5M Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) to invest in projects that address the community’s environmental priorities, such as improving water quality, groundwater, open space, toxic pollution, and air quality.

    Downloads and Links
    April 2011
  • February 28, 2011
    ExxonMobil Settlement: $19.5M for Environmental Improvements in Greenpoint

    A federal court approved a consent decree between the State of New York and ExxonMobil that committed the company to perform a comprehensive cleanup of its oil spill and related environmental contamination in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The legal settlement required ExxonMobil to pay approximately $25M in penalties, including $19.5M for projects to improve the environment in Greenpoint.

    February 28, 2011

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GCEF by the numbers

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Projects Funded

 
11400000

Grant Funding

35000000

Total Investments

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Community Meeting Attendees

News

GCEF KEEPS GOING STRONG!

Fund Receives 42 “Green” Proposals for 2015 Grant Round: A Total of $14 Million Requested

On April 28, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund put out a “Request for Proposals” for the GCEF’s 2015 grant round. The due date for proposals was August 6, 2015.

GCEF followed up the request for proposals by offering a sustained program of meetings, workshops, one-on-one assistance, and other help to prospective applicants that—all told—provided information and support to over 150 interested parties.

The response to the GCEF solicitation was impressive!

GCEF received 42 proposals for projects addressing Greenpoint’s environmental improvement priorities, requesting a total of $14 million. The proposals received include:

  • 26 proposals for Small Grants ($5,000 to $100,000) totaling $1.8 million;
  • 12 proposals for Large Grants (>$100,000 to $600,000) totaling $6.0 million;
  • 4 proposals for Legacy Grants (>$600,000 to $4,250,000) totaling $6.2 million.

Many of these proposals are from Greenpoint-based organizations—and all involve partnerships that include organizations from the community.

What’s next?

GCEF expects to announce projects selected to receive small grants in early October. A slate of potential large and legacy grantees is expected to be shared with the Greenpoint community for “preferencing” in November, with GCEF’s announcement of final projects selected to receive grants expected in December.

For more information about the proposals received for GCEF’s 2015 grant round, as well as support provided to prospective applicants can be found below:

By The Numbers: Summary of 2015 Grant Proposals

BTN: Summary of GCEF Assistance to Prospective Applicants


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Checkout the Spring 2015 Newsletter

The GCEF Newsletter contains upcoming important dates and a look at GCEF By The Numbers as well as stories on:

  • A New Greenpoint Library about the $5 million GCEF grant to create the Greenpoint Environmental Education Center on a new second floor of the library.
  • The People’s Choice about community voting (i.e. community “preferencing”) for large and legacy grants.
  • McGolrick Park Garden Takes Flight about improving the natural bird population of our local park.

News Archive

In the Media

Over Three Days, Greenpoint Schools Prepare to Implement Sustainability Curriculum Greenpoint Gazette July 23, 2015
Greenpoint Teachers Get Ready to Spearhead Environmental Curriculum Greenpoint Gazette July 15, 2015
Local High Schoolers to Spend Summer Greening Neighborhood Greenpoint Gazette June 17, 2015
Java Street Community Garden to Ring in Summer Greenpoint Gazette June 11, 2015
‘Living dock’ seeks to aid struggling species News 12 Brooklyn May 6, 2015
A Final Round of Environmental Projects to be Funded in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Medium.com April 27, 2015
Greepointers to Get a Last Crack at GCEF Funds Greenpoint Gazette April 24, 2015
Creek MAKEOVER Times Newsweekly.com April 23, 2015
Sleeping with the fishes: Group hopes man-made ecosystem brings life back to Newtown Creek The Brooklyn Paper April 22, 2015
The eyes and ears of Newtown Creek Scienceline April 8, 2015
Newtown Creek Group Calls for Public Opinion on North Henry Street Greenpoint Gazette April 1, 2015
Brooklyn Public Library gets $5M for Environmental Education Center at Greenpoint Library Brooklyn Daily Eagle January 18, 2015
Brooklyn stormwater management plan could reduce combined sewer overflows Brooklyn Daily Eagle January 14, 2015
Standing O (Greenpoint): It’s a green plan Brooklyn Daily January 1, 2015
Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Announces $11 Million in Large Grants Greenpoint Gazette December 18, 2014
Money grows trees: Plans to plant across Greenpoint, redo library get oil $ The Brooklyn Paper December 17, 2014
500 New Trees to Be Planted in Greenpoint With Grant Money From Oil Spill DNAinfo New York December 17, 2014
Wear pollution: G’point activist pushing air-monitor accessories The Brooklyn Paper November 18, 2014
Greenpointers Can Vote For Next Environmental Project Gothamist November 14, 2014
PS 110 Seeks Basement Aquarium, Community Support for GCEF Grant Greenpoint Gazette October 29, 2014
With Funding in Place, McGolrick Park Makeover Slated for 2016 Greenpoint Gazette October 22, 2014
Eastern Greenpointers to GCEF: Don’t Forget Us Greenpoint Gazette October 1, 2014
Future Greenpoint? Clean Air, Water, and Canoeing on the Creek Greenpoint Gazette September 3, 2014
Greenpoint Chamber, Groundswell Mural Tackles Local Environmentalism Greenpoint Gazette August 6, 2014
First round of Exxon money handed out in Greenpoint Queens Ledger March 12, 2014
Oil spill settlement funds to help make Greenpoint greener Brooklyn Spectator March 12, 2014
Two new additions to boat club’s educational fleet Greenpoint Star March 11, 2014
Two youth STEM efforts get $20k+ from environmental fund Technically Brooklyn March 11, 2014
Local groups get grants from Greenpoint oil spill settlement Brooklyn Daily Eagle March 10, 2014
GCEF Awards First Round of Grants totaling close $400,000 Greenpoint Gazette March 7, 2014
Greenbacks to green oil-soaked Greenpoint The Brooklyn Paper March 7, 2014
$400K in Environmental Grants Awarded Through Greenpoint Oil Spill Fund DNAinfo New York March 6, 2014
ExxonMobil Settlement Will Kick $19.5 Million To Greenpoint For Environmental Projects Gothamist March 4, 2014
Greenpoint’s oil boom: ExxonMobil settlement to begin $19.5 million payout Daily News March 4, 2014
Variety of Projects Vying for Grants From $19.5 Million Oil Spill Fund New York Times March 3, 2014
Greenpoint’s Environmental Benefit Fund as a Model for Community Participation The Nature of Cities February 19, 2014
Going Green-point! Oil money seeping into the hands of eco-activists The Brooklyn Paper February 12, 2014
GCE Fund applications are posted and ready for selection Greenpoint Star February 5, 2014
Plans to map Greenpoint’s toxic chemical sites proposed New York Post January 26, 2014
Greenpoint residents could receive toxic site guide The Real Deal January 26, 2014
Nearly 100 Proposals to ‘Green’ Up Greenpoint Voices of NY January 14, 2014
Oil spill money headed up Greenpoint’s creek Daily News October 18, 2013
$19.5 Million Now Up for Grabs for Greenpoint Environmental Projects DNAinfo New York October 17, 2013
$19.5 Million RFP to be Issued Next Week Greenpoint Gazette October 11, 2013
There’s gold in that thar oil! But who will get it? The Brooklyn Paper September 27, 2013

Granting

The deadline for submitting a 2015 GCEF grant proposal was August 6, 2015.

GCEF is no longer accepting proposals for funding.

 

The GCEF will be accepting proposals for grant funding for projects that address the Greenpoint community’s environmental improvement priorities. It is expected that this will be the final round of grants provided by GCEF. The below provides information and resources to assist you develop, refine, and submit a funding proposal.

The proposal deadline is Thursday, August 6, 2015, 11:59pm

Applicant Support Calendar

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  • Thursday, May 14, 6 – 8pm
    Grants 101 & Networking
  • Thursday, May 21, 6 – 8pm
    Grants 101 & Networking
  • Thursday, May 28, 1:30 – 3pm
    Applicant Webinar
  • Saturday, May 30, 10am – 3pm
    Applicant “Bootcamp”
  • Thursday, June 4, 6 – 8pm
    Applicant Workshop
  • Thursday, June 11, 11:30am – 1pm
    Applicant Workshop

Need Help?

One-on-One Assistance
Email: GCEFund@NorthBrooklyn.org or Lynn.Dwyer@NFWF.org

Proposal Assistance
Email: Lynn.Dwyer@NFWF.org for specialized assistance in developing elements of a GCEF proposal

Online Application Assistance
For Easygrants technical support, email: EasyGrants@NFWF.org or call the Easygrants Helpdesk at 202-595-2497

General Questions
Contact Filip Stabrowski at 718-389-9044 ext. 15 or email: GCEFund@NorthBrooklyn.org

Contact

We are here to answer any questions. Please click below on your area of concern and your message will be directed to the appropriate staff.

 

FOR GENERAL QUESTIONS AND THE COMMUNITY LIAISON
Filip Stabrowski
GCEFund@northbrooklyn.org

 

FOR PRESS RELATED INQUIRIES
Peter Washburn
peter.washburn@ag.ny.gov

 

FOR GRANT ADMINISTRATION
Courtney Kwiatkowski
courtney.kwiatkowski@nfwf.org

 

FOR GRANT APPLICATION
Lynn Dwyer
lynn.dwyer@nfwf.org

 

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