GCE Fund applications are posted and ready for selection
by Andrew Shilling
Feb 05, 2014 | 482 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nearly three years after a $19.5 million settlement was reached with ExxonMobil for the massive decades-old Greenpoint oil spill, the Attorney General’s office is nearing the awards phase, as it assesses the long list of proposals from the North Brooklyn community for a piece of the Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Project (EBP).

Over 40 small grant proposals, nearly 30 large grant proposals – some as much as $2 million -- and two “legacy proposals” – at nearly $5 million each -- were posted on the Greenpoint EBP website last week – www.gcefund.org - with ideas ranging from educational programming, compost initiatives, artwork and dozens more from schools, community organizations and private applicants looking for a better future for the neighborhood.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Department of Environmental Conservation have been working with the North Brooklyn Development Corporation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation since early 2013 to find the right fit.

"By directing funding toward the community’s priorities, the $19.5 million Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund will help reverse the legacy of environmental abuse and neglect in this vibrant neighborhood," Schneiderman said.

After seeing the list of proposals posted on the website last week, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said he is now looking forward to the selection process.

“Taking a look at the breadth of projects is very exciting,” Lentol said. “The variety of proposals certainly illustrates the need for environmentally minded approaches in Greenpoint.”

Like the residents and applicants who applied for a piece at the settlement funds, Councilman Stephen Levin said he is also anticipating the outcome of the long process.

“I was thrilled to see so many proposals for the GCE Fund and was impressed by the quality of each of them,” Levin said. “The GCE Fund will help improve the environment and health of Greenpoint, and I am glad to see our community so engaged in these important issues.”

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