Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

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ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) – The New York State DEC announced new funding Tuesday to benefit groups here in Rochester.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced $3.1 million in Community Impact Grants for Environmental Justice for 32 community organizations to support projects that address environmental and public health concerns. Funding for the latest round of grants is provided by the state Environmental Protection Fund. Two organizations in the Finger Lakes region received grants.

The Taproot Collective is using the funding for a new “Gardening Together” initiative, a program to identify sustainability in urban gardens. The organization will receive nearly $100,000 from the state.

Rochester Refugee Resettlement also received just under $100,000. This money will be used to teach students from refugee families about the risks of eating harmful and poisonous fish species.

These grants are the latest state action to build on efforts such as the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires the state to invest or direct resources to ensure disadvantaged communities receive at least 35 %, with a target of 40% of overall benefits from spending on clean energy and energy efficiency programs.

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