NYCEF: Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Grant Program

Hudson River Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 17, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Capital Project, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New York: Kings County, Queens County

Location of residency: United States

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The Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Program (NCEBP) was created as part of an agreement between New York State and New York City to upgrade the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant and provide environmental benefits to the community. Funding is being administered through two organizations: the City Parks Foundation (CPF) and the Hudson River Foundation (HRF), through its New York City Environmental Fund (NYCEF).

NYCEF Grantmaking

The New York City Environmental Fund (NYCEF) was formed to encourage active community stewardship of the waterways, shorelines, parklands and open spaces of the City of New York. NYCEF was created as part of an agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Con Edison to support projects that

  • protect, preserve, improve or restore the environment;
  • facilitate the public’s enjoyment of natural resources; or
  • enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and understanding of ecological principles, natural resources and other environmental issues. 

The New York City Environmental Fund is a grantmaking program administered by the Hudson River Foundation.

Newtown Creek Fund Proposals

The NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund requests proposals for environmental education, public access and stewardship projects that will benefit communities along Newtown Creek, one of New York City’s six designated Maritime and Industrial Zones. The Newtown Creek Fund will provide financial support for qualifying projects that promote the environmental health and revitalization of natural resources and that increase public understanding of, access to and enjoyment of the environment within the target area.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who may apply:
    • Any nonprofit organization that qualifies as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code is eligible to apply for support from the NYCEF Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Program.
    • Additionally, schools and government agencies with qualifying projects may apply. Groups without 501(c)3 certification may, for the purposes of administration of a grant, associate with an organization that does qualify.
  • What kinds of projects are eligible:
    • The NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund seeks proposals for projects that:
      • Educate people about the value of natural resources, biodiversity and environmental protection.
      • Enhance access to natural areas and encourage stewardship activities to protect them.
      • Promote community involvement and encourage stewardship (personal and community responsibility and guardianship) for natural areas within the Fund’s target area.
      • Provide a framework for community stewardship and programming related to broader capital projects and improvements undertaken as part of the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Program.
    • In addition, the Newtown Creek Fund seeks projects that:
      • Provide matching funds or can leverage funds from other sources.
      • Can eventually result in a self-sustaining program.
      • Directly involve communities that live and work in the target area.


  • In accordance with the settlement agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York City establishing the Fund, priority will be given to projects in and around Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and along Newtown Creek and the East River (both Brooklyn and Queens)

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