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.


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.

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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

Enviro-Sciences Engineering/ARC Engineering & Construction, P.C. (“ESE”) founded in 1997, provides technical assistance and outreach support to community groups. In October of 2011 the State retained ESE to serve as the independent community outreach consultant assisting the State in community consultation on the GCEF. Working closely with the State, the CAP and the GA, ESE has helped to design the framework for the GCEF program including the selection processes for the GA and the small and large/legacy grants.

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

GCEF has awarded $395,000 in small grants (less than $25,000) and leveraged $196,916 in matching funds for projects addressing environmental improvement priorities in Greenpoint, including enhanced open space, neighborhood greening, environmental education and stewardship. Click below to learn more about the 18 projects that were funded with GCEF small grants.

GCEF Community

Click on the dates below to explore GCEF’s HISTORY | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT | PROJECTS


  • 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
  • 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 16, 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/July 2014
    Workshops and Webinars for Large/Legacy Grant Applicants
    Downloads and Links
    June/July 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.

    Downloads and Links
    April 30, 2014
  • April 1, 2014
    Managing your GCEF Grant

    The GA convened an information session for recipients of GCEF Small Grants – attended by XX individuals and groups – on best practices in managing grants.

    Downloads and Links
    April 1, 2014
  • March 19, 2014
  • March 6th 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 6th 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 assistant 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, 2014
    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, 2014
  • October 09, 2014
  • 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.

    Downloads and Links
    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

GCEF by the numbers

24

Projects Funded

 
11400000

Grant Funding

35000000

Total Investments

1100

Community Meeting Attendees

 

 

 
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Latest News

GCEF’s First Newsletter is here!

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Top Stories:


A New Greenpoint Library

The $5 million dollar GCEF grant (with another $5 million plus in matching funds) will remodel the current single story library as a LEED Silver certified building, and create the Greenpoint Environmental Education Center in a new second floor and rooftop outdoor classroom.


The People’s Choice

The “preferencing” process used to help select the first round of Large and Legacy Grants.


McGolrick Park Garden Takes Flight

McGolrick Park’s nine acres of gardens, lawns, a playground and dog run – long a popular retreat for the local community – is now playing host to a whole new set of enthusiasts: Greenpoint’s resident birds.



 

News Archive

A.G. Schneiderman & DEC Commissioner Martens Announce $11 Million In Grants and Nearly $24 Million in Matching Funds For Six Environmental Projects In Greenpoint

 

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens have announced the award of a total of $11 million in GCEF grants to six projects that address environmental priorities of the Greenpoint community. The six projects – which range from creating an environmental education center at the Greenpoint library to fighting neighborhood litter and creating natural habitats along Newtown Creek – were the top vote-getters in the recent community “preferencing” organized by the GCEF. The $11 million in GCEF grants will be combined with $23.8 million in matching contributions from the recipients, bringing the total investment in improving Greenpoint’s environment to almost $35 million.

 

PREFERENCING
 

 



 

On November 20th and 22nd, GCEF held Community Preferencing events so that Greenpoint residents could tell GCEF which environmental improvement projects they wanted for their community. 525 Greenpoint residents cast ballots at the 3 preferencing events! Thank you Greenpoint for this outstanding level of participation — and your continuing commitment to a cleaner, healthier future for your community.

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is currently considering 13 grant proposals for projects to improve Greenpoint’s environment, including promoting open space, green neighborhoods, education and stewardship, and other community priorities.

Attend one of the 3 scheduled community events and tell us which projects are most important to you. All Greenpoint residents (zip code 11222) age 16 or older are welcome to participate; please bring a form of identification.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Noon – 2:30 pm

The Polish & Slavic Center/Kent Street Church
177 Kent Street
Between Manhattan Ave. & McGuinness Blvd.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Polish & Slavic Center/Kent Street Church
177 Kent Street
Between Manhattan Ave. & McGuinness Blvd.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Polish National Home “Warsaw”
261 Driggs Avenue
Corner of Driggs Ave. & Eckford St.


 

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Granting

GCEF is accepting proposals for the FINAL round of granting

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