The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched its Green Infrastructure Grant Program of $6 million for green focused initiatives in the city. This is the fourth year that the city is offering community groups, non-profits, and property owners a chance to realize their green initiatives.
For the first time DEP will accept applications in the spring and fall. Applicants will also have the opportunity to review conceptual ideas with DEP engineers prior to submitting their application.
“Investing in green infrastructure is a cost-effective way to improve the health of New York City’s local waterways, but it also brings multiple benefits to local communities including a greener landscape, cleaner air, and increased shade and cooler temperatures during the summer,” said DEP Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability Angela Licata, in a release.
The Green Infrastructure Grant Program supports DEP’s city-wide effort to soften the impervious urban landscape and help absorb rainwater that would otherwise drain into the sewer system and contribute to combined sewer overflows into local waterways.
The DEP will give preference to applicants who submit projects that engage local communities in environmental awareness with education and green job training.
More information and the application can be found on the DEP website.