Greenpoint Gazette

42 Proposals Vie for Remaining $8 Million in GCEF Purse

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Proposals are now in for the second round of funding for the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).

GCEF received a total of 42 proposals asking for a total of $14 million in funding in response to a request for proposals (RFP) issued in April with a submission deadline in the first week of August.

During the first round of RFPs that took place in 2014, GCEF received a total of 96 requests asking for a total of $65 million. Of those, 24 projects received funding, totaling $11.4 million for six large and legacy grants (projects over $25,000) and 18 small grants (under $25,000).

The total amount available in the Fund was $19.5 million and an additional $24 million in matching funds was received by the various partnering organizations working on each of the accepted projects.

In the current cycle, GCEF received 26 proposals for small grants, which could be budgeted from $5,000 to $100,000 for a total of $1.8 million; 12 proposals for large grants from $100,000 to $600,000, for a total of $6 million; and legacy grants that ranged from $600,000 to $4.25 million and totaled $6.2 million in requested funds.

The selected small grant winners will be announced in October. Projects include soil improvement initiatives, improvements to community gardens and environmental education and stewardship programs run by local institutions.

The shortlisted large and legacy grantees will be shared with the community in November and once again voted on through preferencing events, at which community members will vote for the projects they most desire. That long list of project proposals as it stands now includes several proposals for green roofs, funds for the construction of the USS Monitor Museum, improvements for local parks, and storm water and drainage infrastructure.

 To see a full list of proposals, visit http://gcefund.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/GCEF-2015-Proposal-List.pdf.

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