NYSP2I provides an important source of funding for community-focused pollution prevention initiatives. Each fall, proposals are solicited from community organizations, municipal departments and other public sector and not-for-profit entities for projects that raise awareness and understanding of pollution prevention practices and lead to implementation at the local level. Communities all across New York State benefit from this program. To date, NYSP2I has awarded over $1M to support 78 projects across NYS.
Eligible applicants must be NYS-based, not-for-profit community organizations or local government agencies. Examples include: academic institutions; neighborhood associations; environmental justice; municipal departments; community development corporations; health centers; local unions and labor organizations; offices or departments of a city, town or county; primary and secondary schools; libraries; local environmental agencies; boards of health; departments of public works; local emergency response offices; town commissions and planning and zoning boards.
New applicants may replicate past awardee projects. Past awardee project summaries are provided below. If you are interested in applying but have questions about eligibility or other past projects, please contact us.
I just found out about this opportunity. Does NYSP2I offer extensions to the deadline?
No. The community grant is offered to applicants across the state. To make it fair to all who apply, the deadline is the same for everyone. The grant is a yearly opportunity, if you miss this year, we welcome you to apply next year.
Is there a limit on how long my application can be? Is there a standard format I need to use?
Yes. Please follow the Application Format found in the RFA.
I’ve received a NYSP2I grant in the past, do I still need to submit a W9 form and Vendor Set Up form?
Yes. All grant applicants must submit a complete grant application, with all required forms, regardless if they have submitted them previously.
Am I required to submit letters of support and/or letters of commitment?
Letters of commitment are required from any project partner or collaborator that will be funded through the project or working directly on the deliverables of the project. The letter of commitment should describe their commitment to the project, their role, estimated time on the project and whether they will be paid with this grant funding. Letters of support from organizations or individuals not involved in the project, are highly recommended, but not required.
Will all organizations be notified of their application status? When should our organization expect to receive notification?
Yes. All grant applicants will receive notification of their application status.
I received notice that our organization was funded. Now what? Can I start my project immediately?
No. Awards are not official until the project scope of work is agreed and signed by the awardee and RIT and a purchase order is issued by RIT to the awardee. Once this documentation is finalized, the project work performed during the project period of performance (typically January 1 to December 31), can be reimbursed.
2015-16 Community Grant Awardees
- Grow NYC, Rainwater Harvesting on the Gowanus Canal project will create a three point pollution reduction strategy that can be adopted at home and in local communities; rainwater capture to reduce stormwater overflow and fresh water usage; composting to increase organics diversion and reduce waste send to landfills; and the stewardship and propagation of native plants, bioswales and gardens to capture stormwater and improve local air and quality of life.
- NY Hall of Science, Ecology in Focus: A Photography-Based Pollution Studies Program for Middle and High School Students project will develop and pilot a program engaging youth as citizen scientists and photo journalists. In two, five-day camps students will learn about, document and propose solutions to pollution issues in their neighborhoods.
- NY Product Stewardship’s Increasing Textiles Reuse in New York project will increase the quantity of textiles collected for reuse and recycling by increasing outreach and education efforts statewide.
- Seedfolk City Farm’s Composting Program will provide a 17-week hands-on educational program where elementary students will explore the benefits of composting as a pollution reduction and soil-improvement technique.
- Rochester Institute of Technology’s Goodbye, Goodbuy Optimization and Outreach project will expand its current move-out day collection and re-use program, by increasing promotion throughout the campus as well as to partner colleges and universities statewide.
- American Chemical Society of New York’s Green Chemistry Training for High School Teachers: Pollution Prevention in New York City Schools initiative will reduce hazardous chemical use in classrooms by training and providing high school teachers with resources that focus on green chemistry alternatives and concepts.
- Hudson Valley Regional Council’s Food Waste Prevention and Awareness in Dutchess and Ulster Counties will further efforts to reduce food waste and recover food by increasing food donation opportunities and networks.
- Lost Bird Project’s Fast Forward Rochester will develop pollution prevention curriculum and learning materials for young filmmakers creating environmental protection and pollution prevention based films.
- Clean and Healthy NY’s current project Pollution Prevention in the Child Care Setting will expand further to educate child care providers in the Capitol, Dutchess and Putnam counties in concrete pollution prevention strategies.
- Seneca Park Zoo Society Center for Biodiversity Exploration’s My Genesee will engage visitors in pollution prevention education through the development of interactive applications and game experiences that tell the story of the Genesee River’s biodiversity and overall health, and what residents can do to improve it.
- Grassroots Environmental Education, Inc.’s Support the ChildSafe School Program in New York State will provide educational materials and implement strategies designed to help parents, school administrators, teachers and staff reduce environmental risks in the school setting.
- Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation’s Cypress Hills Healthy Homes project will develop and offer an in-home training for homeowners, tenants and community residents to improve air quality, promote energy efficiency and conservation of resources, and reduce toxics and waste.
- Pratt Center for Community Development’s Pfizer Waste Prevention and Diversion Initiative will advance a model for sustainable industrial development in New York City by innovating a replicable waste diversion system for manufacturing hubs generating significant amounts of organic waste.