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New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Sustainability Funding Opportunities for New York State Businesses, Nonprofits, and Local Government Agencies

We’re funding a more sustainable New York State.

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) was established to give businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and communities across the Empire State the resources and expertise they need to realize the benefits of sustainability.

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Who is eligible for funding?

Businesses, nonprofits, community groups, municipalities, and similar organizations that are registered with New York State are eligible for sustainability assistance funding through NYSP2I.

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Funding sources

Funding allocation through NYSP2I is made possible through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Funding opportunities for businesses

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Advanced solutions and project support

NYSP2I’s extended technical assistance is available to New York companies at a cost-effective rate.

Key aspects of NYSP2I project support

  • funding covered by New York State: 50–90% of project expenses
  • average cost: $15–$50K
  • project length: 3–6 months
  • post-project reporting period: 3–5 years

Business benefits of NYSP2I project support

  • access to expertise to industry-experienced engineers, technicians, and environmental scientists
  • cost savings through more efficient resource use
  • higher job retention rates
  • opportunities for job creation
  • reduced waste generation
  • tax benefit—project costs are considered non-capital

Learn more about working with NYSP2I >>

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Fast-track troubleshooting and assistance

Businesses that need immediate support for solving specific technical issues can access NYSP2I’s resources and facilities on a fast-track basis. One-off solutions are often completed at no charge to our clients, so long as the work

  • can be completed in a day or less; and
  • it does not require new resources (like materials and research).

Education and training

NYSP2I offers a wide range of workshops and training opportunities to help our clients realize the financial and operational benefits of sustainability

Learn more about NYSP2I’s workshop and training services >>


Community Grants

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An annual grants award program

Each year, the NYSP2I awards funding to projects that seek to improve the health, environmental quality, and economic vitality of communities across New York State.

The program is designed to support initiatives that raise public awareness and understanding of environmental issues and that lead to adoption of sustainable practices.

What kind of projects receive funding?

We give preference to projects that

  • utilize partnerships and collaborations with other organizations;
  • demonstrate a broad community impact;
  • address the needs of communities who are most susceptible to environmental harm and risk;
  • can easily be replicated and used by other organizations; and
  • demonstrate an ability to source funding from additional sources.

Access the Community Grants application package >>

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Who can apply?

NYSP2I Community Grants is a funding opportunity for nonprofits, community organizations, and local government agencies based and operating in New York State.

Community organizations and nonprofits

Community organizations may include, but are not limited to, organizations with a focus in environmental, public health, or occupational health protection; academic institutions, neighborhood associations; environmental justice organizations; community development corporations; health centers; and local unions and labor organizations. Community organizations do not need to be 501(c)(3) organizations, but they must submit a W-9 form with their application.

Local government agencies

Local government agencies are defined as offices or departments of a city, town, county, or primary and secondary schools in New York State. These may include, but are not limited to, local environmental agencies, boards of health, departments of public works, local emergency response offices, town commissions, planning and zoning boards, libraries, and schools.

 

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