About 2018-06-27T11:22:18+00:00

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

GCEF Goal

The GCEF’s goal is to fund projects that will address the Greenpoint Community’s environmental priorities including enhancing open space, greening buildings, infrastructure, and neighborhoods, restoring the waterfront, and promoting environmental education and stewardship through a process that is open, transparent, and ensures ongoing engagement and partnership with the community. Visit the Timeline to see past GCEF events and granting history.

Grant Awards

To date, GCEF has awarded 61 grants totaling $16.7 million to 47 projects and leveraged an additional $50.3 million in matching contributions from grantees, bringing GCEF’s total investment in improving Greenpoint’s environment to $67 million.

GCEF Brochures (PDF)

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GCEF granting has included:

  • June 2018
    $940,812 in grants was awarded to 15 environmental improvement projects in Greenpoint, including 10 grants to expand existing projects and 5 grants for new projects. These GCEF grants are being combined with $472,024 in matching contributions from grant recipients.
  • December 2015
    $4.3 million in “large” and “legacy” grants ($100,000 or greater) was awarded to 5 environmental improvement projects in Greenpoint. The funded projects were the top vote-getters in community voting organized by the GCEF. This $4.3 million in GCEF grants is being combined with $12.7 million in matching contributions from the grant recipients.
  • November 2015
    $992,000 in “small” grants (less than $100,000 each) was awarded to 17 projects for improving Greenpoint’s environment. This funding is being combined with $573,000 in matching funds from the grantees.
  • December 2014
    $11.2 million in “large” and “legacy” grants ($25,000 or greater) was awarded to 6 environmental improvement projects in Greenpoint. The funded projects were the top vote-getters in community voting organized by the GCEF. The $11 million in GCEF grants has been combined with $24.2 million in matching contributions from the grant recipients.
  • March 2014
    $395,000 in “small” grants (less than $25,000 each) was awarded to 18 projects for improving Greenpoint’s environment. This funding has been combined with $228,000 in matching funds from the grantees.

Important Roles

GCEF Organizational Chart

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) 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 New York State (NYS) Office of the Attorney General (OAG) 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 (NYS) 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, North Brooklyn Development Corporation (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.

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