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.

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.

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

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: significant subsidy 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

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

The application period for the 2023-2024 Community Grants Program is now closed.

An annual grants award program

Each year, 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 populations and communities affected by, experiencing, or susceptible to environmental harms and risk
  • Are replicable and transferrable to other organizations
  • Are located in Environmental Justice (EJ) communities

Who can apply?

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

Community organizations

Community organizations are defined as any nonprofit group based in New York State that conducts the majority of its work within the state. Eligible organizations may include, but are not limited to: lawfully incorporated/registered organizations with a focus in environmental, public health, or occupational health protection; academic institutions; neighborhood associations; environmental justice organizations; community development corporations; public benefit corporations; health centers; local unions and labor organizations; and other nonprofits. 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.