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GCEF 2018 Grant Awards

Number of Grant Proposals Received: 26

Number of Grant Proposals Funded: 15

Value of GCEF Grants: $940,812

Value of Grantee Matching Contribution: $472,024

Total GCEF Investment: $1,412,836

Background

GCEF 2018 Grants Funding Requests

In December 2017, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) gave notice of its intention to conduct an additional round of funding. On January 16, 2018, GCEF issued a “Request for Proposals” (RFP) for the GCEF’s 2018 grant round. The due date for proposals was March 15th.

In response to the RFP, GCEF received 26 proposals for grants seeking between $25,000 to $100,000, for a total of almost $2 million dollars in requested funding.

2018 GCEF Small Grant Awards: More Investments in a Greener Greenpoint

On June 22, 2018, GCEF announced that 15 projects addressing the environmental improvement priorities of Greenpoint residents have been selected to receive grants totalling $940,812. This direct funding will be combined with $472,024 in matching funds provided by grantees, bringing the investment in Greenpoint’s environmental priorities being made by GCEF through the 2018 grant round to over $1.4 million.

GCEF Small Grant Evaluation Process and New York State Decision Making

Upon receipt, the GCEF General Administrator – the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) – screened all grant proposals to ensure they met minimum standards (i.e., they were complete and met GCEF grant guidelines outlined in the RFP), and were feasible in terms of methods, budget, and timeline.

All proposals meeting minimum standards and deemed feasible were then scored by NFWF based on evaluation criteria outlined in the RFP: environmental benefits for Greenpoint, project work plan, project budget, project partnerships with Greenpoint-based community members and/or community-based organizations, and project communications plan.

The screening and evaluation results, and NFWF’s related funding recommendations, were provided to the State (New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation) and the State made final selections of the grant proposals to receive GCEF funding.

Projects Funded

The projects being awarded GCEF funding through the 2018 grant round are: (Projects denoted with an asterisk * indicate grants that are expanding previous/current GCEF projects.) 

Project Title: The Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space – II *
Grant Recipient: New York City Audubon Society
Project Partners: Alive Structures; Broadway Stages, Green Roof Researchers Alliance-Education Focus Group, Newtown Creek Alliance
Project Location: 520 Kingsland Avenue
GCEF Grant Award: $99,557
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $74,650

Project Title: Greenpoint Environmental Education Center – Youth Environmental Education & Digital Remediation Report Acquisition *
Grant Recipient: Brooklyn Public Library-Greenpoint Branch
Project Partners: National Wildlife Federation’s Greenpoint Ecoschools, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Newtown Creek Alliance, North Brooklyn Community Boathouse
Project Location: 107 Norman Avenue @ Leonard Street
GCEF Grant Award: $25,286
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $20,496

Project Title: Audubon New York’s For the Birds! Environmental Education Program *
Grant Recipient: National Audubon Society/Audubon New York
Project Partners: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, P.S. 110 The Monitor School, P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont School, P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry School, St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy
Project Locations: P.S. 110 The Monitor School, P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont School, P.S. 34
GCEF Grant Award: $100,000
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $35,474

Project Title: PS 110 Garden Renovation
Grant Recipient: PS 110K PTA INC.
Project Partners: Greenpoint Eco Schools, Alive Structures, Serge Drouin Architecture
Project Location: Next to Public School 110, The Monitor School, 124 Monitor Street
GCEF Grant Award: $83,724
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $55,000

Project Title: Environmental Education Shed (Ed Shed) *
Grant Recipient: North Brooklyn Community Boathouse
Project Partners: Eco Schools, Environmental Science Department-LaGuardia Community College, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Newtown Creek Alliance, NYCH20
Project Location: North Brooklyn Boat Club, 437 McGuinness Boulevard/41 Ash Street and Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant Award: $88,784
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $24,827

Project Title: Newtown Creek SAMPLES *
Grant Recipient: Newtown Creek Alliance
Project Partners: Environmental Science Department, LaGuardia Community College, North Brooklyn Boat Club
Project Location: Newtown Creek with educational programming throughout Greenpoint
GCEF Grant Award: $27,962
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $52,000

Project Title: Greenpoint Citizens Club *
Grant Recipient: Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn Inc.
Project Partners: National Wildlife Federation’s Greenpoint Eco-schools, Greennpoint Reformed Church, Public School 31 Samuel F. Dupont School
Project Location: 61 Franklin St. Community Garden, Greennpoint Reformed Church
GCEF Grant Award: $27,000
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $11,600

Project Title: Lentol Garden Renovation
Grant Recipient: GrowNYC
Project Partners: Current Lentol Garden Members, Green Thumb, New York University Wallerstein Collaborative, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn
Project Location: Lentol Garden, 178 Bayard Street
GCEF Grant Award: $99,241
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $62,696

Project Title: The Kosciuszko Bridge Design Project
Grant Recipient: Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, Inc.
Project Partners: Billion Oysters Project, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, City Parks Foundation, Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning, LaGuardia Community College, McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Newtown Creek Alliance, New York City Audubon Society/Kingsland Wildflowers, New York City Soil and Water Conservation District, New York State Department of Transportation, North Brooklyn Boat Club, Waterfront Alliance
Project Location: Under the new Kosciuszko Bridge as it arches over Newtown Creek. On the Brooklyn side along Cherry Street bounded by Scott and Stewart Avenues to the west and east respectively
GCEF Grant Award: $100,000
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $26,250

Project Title: Gateway to Greenpoint
Grant Recipient: Newtown Creek Alliance
Project Partners: Evergreen: Your North Brooklyn Business Exchange, McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee, Offices of New York City Council Member Levin and New York State Assembly Member Lentol, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Project Location: Northwest corner of Greenpoint and Kingsland Avenues
GCEF Grant Award: $30,428
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $1,250

Project Title: Go Green Brooklyn Digital Hub *
Grant Recipient: Town Square Inc.
Project Partners: Brooklyn Public Library-Greenpoint Branch, National Wildlife Federation’s Greenpoint Ecoschools, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Newtown Creek Alliance, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn
Project Location: Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant Award: $50,000
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $90,250

Project Title: Strengthening Our Common Ground: Lead in Soils in Greenpoint *
Grant Recipient: Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
Project Partners: National Wildlife Federation Greenpoint Ecoschools, Newtown Creek Alliance, New York City Department of Sanitation, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Project Location: Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant Award: $50,000
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $0

Project Title: McGolrick Park Environmental Education Stewardship Project *
Grant Recipient: The Horticultural Society of New York
Project Partners: Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, Public School 110, The Monitor School
Project Location: McGolrick Park, P.S. 110
GCEF Grant Award: $75,000
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $0

Project Title: Greening the Industrial Shoreline of Newtown Creek *
Grant Recipient: City Parks Foundation
Project Partners: Hudsonia, Newtown Creek Alliance, New York Tree Trust, North Brooklyn Boat Club
Project Location: Newtown Creek Shoreline
GCEF Grant Award: $53,826
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $18,530

Project Title: Ziemia
Grant Recipient: Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, Inc.
Project Partners: Eckford Street Studios, McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, Public Schools 110 and 34, Cottonwood Agile Learning Center, St. Stanislaw Kostka Parish, Park Chur Coop, Greenpoint Islamic Center, Polish Cultural Institute of New York, Polish Consulate General, Offices of New York State Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, U.S. Congress Member Carolyn Maloney
Project Location: Garden bed along the Russell Street border of McGolrick Park
GCEF Grant Award: $30,000
Grant Recipient Matching Contribution: $0

About GCEF

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 an environmental grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.

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