(WBNG)- On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will be awarding $1.9 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants for 21 community based projects.
The projects will address environmental and public health concerns. The funding supports initiatives in low-income communities that have historically been burdened by pollution and other environmental challenges.
Governor Cuomo stated,
"When we support grassroots efforts to build a greener, healthier, and more sustainable New York, everyone benefits," Governor Cuomo said. "This newest round of Community Impact Grants will make a positive difference in the lives of all New Yorkers through innovative and successful initiatives that promote environmental justice and a better quality of life."
The grant funding is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) as part of New York's Environmental Justice agenda.
Some of the programs that will be receiving funding in the Southern Tier include:
The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition will be receiving $97,017.94, which is a project through Binghamton Community Power: promoting environmental protection, fiscal stability, and public health in environmental justice neighborhoods, which will measure the rate of energy poverty, its impact on residents, and the barriers to adopting energy conservation practices.
Another program receiving the grant will be Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc. for its project, the Community and Home Gardens: Growing Safely in the Greater Binghamton Area. This project will help build five new community gardens on vacant properties, in three different Southern Tier places including Binghamton, Johnson City and the town of Union. This will help people be able to safely grow food for themselves and their families.
New York State has awarded an estimated $11 million in grants to environmental justice groups across the state since 2011.