The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is a joint program of the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation. The GCEF program is a $19.5 million grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.

The GCEF’s goal is to fund projects that will address the Greenpoint Community’s environmental priorities through a process that is open, transparent, and ensures ongoing engagement and partnership with the community.

To date, GCEF has awarded $11.4 million in grants to 24 projects and leveraged another $24 million in matching contributions, bringing GCEF’s investment in improving the Greenpoint’s environment to over $35 million.



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The GCEF Program

The GCEF was created in 2011 by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from funding obtained by the State in a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill. The Attorney General’s Office and DEC are jointly leading the GCEF.

Funded Projects

GCEF has awarded $395,000 in small grants (less than $25,000) and leveraged $196,916 in matching funds for projects addressing environmental improvement priorities in Greenpoint, including enhanced open space, neighborhood greening, environmental education and stewardship. Click below to learn more about the 18 projects that were funded with GCEF small grants.

GCEF Community

Click on the events above to explore GCEF’s HISTORY | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT | PROJECTS

  • September 16, 2014
  • July 31, 2014
    Deadline: Submittal of Full Large and Legacy Grant Applications

    In response to the RFP released in June, GCEF received 22 project proposals for Large Grants and 2 proposals for Legacy Grants.

    Downloads and Links
    • List of Large/Legacy Grant Applications
    July 31, 2014
  • July 23, 2014
  • June/July 2014
    Workshops and Webinars for Large/Legacy Grant Applicants
    Downloads and Links
    June/July 2014
  • June 5, 2014
    Release of Large and Legacy Grants RFP to Invited Applicants

    An RFP for Large and Legacy Grants was provided to all those applicants invited to submit full proposals.

    June 5, 2014
  • May 19, 2014
    Small Grant Celebration/Networking Event

    The GCEF held an event to celebrate the recipients of 2014 Small Grant awards, and to provide them with an opportunity to network with other awardees and to discuss matters involving grant administration.

    Downloads and Links
    May 19, 2014
  • May 7, 2014
  • April 30, 2014
    Large and Legacy Grants RFP

    The GCEF extended invitations to 24 applicants for Large Grants and 2 applicants for Legacy Grants to submit full funding proposals.

    Downloads and Links
    April 30, 2014
  • April 1, 2014
    Managing your GCEF Grant

    The GA convened an information session for recipients of GCEF Small Grants – attended by XX individuals and groups – on best practices in managing grants.

    Downloads and Links
    April 1, 2014
  • March 19, 2014
  • March 6th 2014
    Announcement of Small Grants Awards

    New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced the first grants from Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund: $395,135 in small grants – between $5,000 and $25,000 – to 18 projects addressing the environmental improvement priorities of Greenpoint residents.

    March 6th 2014
  • December 18, 2013
    Deadline: Small Grant Proposals and Large and Legacy Grant Pre-proposals

    The GCEF received 46 Small Grant proposals, and 45 Large and 5 Legacy Grant pre-proposals in response to the RFP issued in October.

    December 18, 2013
  • December 6, 2013
    Applicant Support Workshops and Webinars

    Between November and December 2013, the GA hosted 3 workshops (involving 160 participants) and 2 webinars (involving 64 participants) to provide assistant to individuals and organizations interested in submitting Small Grant proposals or Large and Legacy Grant pre-proposals.

    Downloads and Links
    December 6, 2013
  • November 20, 2013
  • October 16, 2014
    Release of Request for Proposals for Small Grants and Request for Pre-Proposals for Large and Legacy Grants

    The release of the GCEF’s first RFP, a request for proposals for Small Grants and for pre-proposals for Large and Legacy grants to address the Greenpoint community’s environmental improvement priorities.

    Downloads and Links
    October 16, 2014
  • October 09, 2014
  • September 25, 2013
  • September 11, 2013
  • August 28, 2013
  • July 25, 2013
  • June 20, 2013
  • May 02, 2013
  • April 18, 2013
  • March 21, 2013
  • Feb 11th 2013
  • February 8, 2013
    Appointment of the GCEF General Administrator

    The State announced the selection of a partnership comprised of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Greenpoint-based North Brooklyn Development Corporation to serve as the GA and oversee the administration of the GCEF.

    February 8, 2013
  • October 24, 2012
  • August 27, 2012
    Deadline: Applications for General Administrator received

    The State received 2 applications – one from a single organization and one from a partnership of organizations – to serve as the GA for the GCEF. A five-person team comprised of New York State employees and the State’s Community Outreach Consultant reviewed the applications, met with the applicants, and then scored the applications.

    Downloads and Links
    August 27, 2012
  • July 6, 2012
    Release of Request for Applications for General Administrator

    The State released a RFA soliciting organizations or partnerships of organizations to serve as the administrator for the GCEF. The State held a pre-application conference for all interested applicants for the GA position on July 25, 2012.

    July 6, 2012
  • June 11, 2012
  • April 18, 2012
  • March 21, 2012
  • February 29, 2012
  • January 23, 2012
  • December 1, 2011
  • November 18, 2011
    Establishment of a Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel

    The Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel (CAP), comprised of Greenpoint residents, representatives of local organizations, and elected officials, was established to provide direct, on-going guidance to the State on the GCEF’s development and implementation.

    November 18, 2011
  • April 2011
    Creation of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund

    Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation (the State) created the $19.5M Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) to invest in projects that address the community’s environmental priorities, such as improving water quality, groundwater, open space, toxic pollution, and air quality.

    Downloads and Links
    April 2011
  • February 28, 2011
    ExxonMobil Settlement: $19.5M for Environmental Improvements in Greenpoint

    A federal court approved a consent decree between the State of New York and ExxonMobil that committed the company to perform a comprehensive cleanup of its oil spill and related environmental contamination in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The legal settlement required ExxonMobil to pay approximately $25M in penalties, including $19.5M for projects to improve the environment in Greenpoint.

    February 28, 2011

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Latest News

GCEF’s First Newsletter is here!


Top Stories

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A New Greenpoint Library

The $5 million dollar GCEF grant (with another $5 million plus in matching funds) will remodel the current single story library as a LEED Silver certified building, and create the Greenpoint Environmental Education Center in a new second floor and rooftop outdoor classroom.

The People’s Choice

The “preferencing” process used to help select the first round of Large and Legacy Grants.

McGolrick Park Garden Takes Flight

McGolrick Park’s nine acres of gardens, lawns, a playground and dog run – long a popular retreat for the local community – is now playing host to a whole new set of enthusiasts: Greenpoint’s resident birds.


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A.G. Schneiderman & DEC Commissioner Martens Announce $11 Million In Grants and Nearly $24 Million in Matching Funds For Six Environmental Projects In Greenpoint


Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens have announced the award of a total of $11 million in GCEF grants to six projects that address environmental priorities of the Greenpoint community. The six projects – which range from creating an environmental education center at the Greenpoint library to fighting neighborhood litter and creating natural habitats along Newtown Creek – were the top vote-getters in the recent community “preferencing” organized by the GCEF. The $11 million in GCEF grants will be combined with $23.8 million in matching contributions from the recipients, bringing the total investment in improving Greenpoint’s environment to almost $35 million.





On November 20th and 22nd, GCEF held Community Preferencing events so that Greenpoint residents could tell GCEF which environmental improvement projects they wanted for their community. 525 Greenpoint residents cast ballots at the 3 preferencing events! Thank you Greenpoint for this outstanding level of participation — and your continuing commitment to a cleaner, healthier future for your community.

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is currently considering 13 grant proposals for projects to improve Greenpoint’s environment, including promoting open space, green neighborhoods, education and stewardship, and other community priorities.

Attend one of the 3 scheduled community events and tell us which projects are most important to you. All Greenpoint residents (zip code 11222) age 16 or older are welcome to participate; please bring a form of identification.

Noon – 2:30 pm

The Polish & Slavic Center/Kent Street Church
177 Kent Street
Between Manhattan Ave. & McGuinness Blvd.

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Polish & Slavic Center/Kent Street Church
177 Kent Street
Between Manhattan Ave. & McGuinness Blvd.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Polish National Home “Warsaw”
261 Driggs Avenue
Corner of Driggs Ave. & Eckford St.


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GCEF is accepting proposals for the FINAL round of granting

The GCEF will be accepting proposals for grant funding for projects that address the Greenpoint community’s environmental improvement priorities. It is expected that this will be the final round of grants provided by GCEF. The below provides information and resources to assist you develop, refine, and submit a funding proposal.

The proposal deadline is Thursday, August 6, 2015, 11:59pm

Applicant Support Calendar

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  • Thursday, May 14, 6 – 8pm
    Grants 101 & Networking
  • Thursday, May 21, 6 – 8pm
    Grants 101 & Networking
  • Thursday, May 28, 1:30 – 3pm
    Applicant Webinar
  • Saturday, May 30, 10am – 3pm
    Applicant “Bootcamp”
  • Thursday, June 4, 6 – 8pm
    Applicant Workshop
  • Thursday, June 11, 11:30am – 1pm
    Applicant Workshop

Need Help?

One-on-One Assistance

Technical Assistance
Send an email to LYNN.DWYER@NFWF.ORG for specialized technical assistance to develop elements of a GCEF proposal

Online Application Assistance
For Easygrants technical support send an email to EASYGRANTS@NFWF.ORG or call the Easygrants Helpdesk at 202-595-2497

For general questions
Contact Filip Stabrowski, at (718) 389-9044, ext. 15 or GCEFUND@NORTHBROOKLYN.ORG


We are here to answer any questions. Please click on your area of concern and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.


Filip Stabrowski


Peter Washburn


Courtney Kwiatkowski


Lynn Dwyer

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