Greenpoint Gazette

$19.5 Million RFP to be Issued Next Week

BY Jeff Mann

There’s less than a week to go before the issuance of the request for proposals (RFP) for $19.5 million in Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund grants. Want your cut? Here’s what you need to know.

The RFP for small grants (i.e. less than $25K) and request for pre-proposals for large ($25K to $2 Million) and legacy (more than $2 Million) grants will be issued on Wednesday, October16th. Proposals and pre-proposals will begin to be accepted.

Once a pre-proposal – basically a five page outline of an idea – is received, co-administrator National Fish and Wildlife Federation (NFWF), the preeminent national environmental project manager, will help applicants find experts with whom to partner and assist them in developing their budgets. The Program’s second General Administrator, North Brooklyn Development Corporation (NBDC), along with NFWF will guide applicants through the submission process.

Because the application process is simpler and more straightforward than for large and legacy grants, there is no pre-proposal requirement for small grants. The deadline for submitting small grant proposals and pre-proposals for large and legacy grants is on Wednesday, December 18th. Large and legacy full proposals may be submitted from March 2014 until May 2014.

The NYS Attorney General’s (AG) Office which is overseeing the program emphasized how different their process is from similar State programs. “We are extending resources to people with ideas to help make them viable proposals,” said a spokesperson in the AG’s Office.

Once the RFP is issued, proposals can be submitted via NFWF’s on-line grant application system – EasyGrants – on the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund website (gcefund.org), which is expected to go live on Wednesday, October 16th.

Recipients of small grants will be announced in February 2014. Large and legacy grant winners will be notified in October 2014 and receive their funding following the announcement.

For additional information, contact North Brooklyn Development Corporation at (718) 389-9044.

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