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Rocking the Boat receives state environmental grant

Rocking the Boat students sail on the East River

Kristina Siriotis

Rocking the Boat students sail on the East River.

A Hunts Point educational nonprofit is among 28 community organizations statewide that will receive funding from the state to help continue their work addressing environmental and public health concerns in low-income and minority neighborhoods. 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced its annual Community Impact Grant awards  on Thursday. In all, $2.6 million will be distributed to the organizations, 15 of which are based in New York City, five of them are in the Bronx. 

Rocking the Boat will receive $77,577 for its Measuring Bronx River Water Quality and Pathogen Levels initiative.

The other four Bronx groups include:

•Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice. The Soundview organization will receive $100,000 for its Air, Water, & Food Vulnerability Project.

• The Bronx River Alliance, which will receive $72, 953 for its Pollinator Raingarden program.

•Friends of Van Cortlandt Park will receive $99,995 for Tibbetts Restoration, Exploration and Clean-Up.

•The Bronx is Blooming’s Program for Leaders Advancing their Community’s Environment (PLACE) will be awarded $100,000.

In addition, the DEC is requesting proposals from nonprofits with a history of addressing environmental justice issues, to administer capacity-building grants to help other environmental justice community groups develop their administrative, technical, and programmatic capacity and expand their services protecting public health and the environment. Interested organizations should apply on the Grants Gateway by February 1, 2019. More information is available on the Office of Environmental Justice’s webpage and on the Grants Gateway.

For a description of the awarded programs, visit

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