About the Grants
The mission of Groundwork Buffalo is to build sustainable urban environments in Greater Buffalo by engaging and empowering families and communities, including youth, in re-generating and connecting with natural infrastructure and the built environment.
I worked with Groundwork to research and write three 2017 grants: (1) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant; (2) Community Foundation Community Impact Grant; and (3) NY State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Impact Grant.
I also collaborated with Groundwork Buffalo and Buffalo BookBike for a proposal for New York State’s 2018 Reimagine the Canals grant, providing research and writing.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant—$33,ooo awarded for Groundwork Buffalo to engage youth in learning about native habitats, water systems and waterway connectivity, while working on habitat restoration projects such as invasive species removal, water culvert assessments and assessments and a half acre stormwater management and beautification demonstration project. The goal is to revitalize parts of Buffalo within Willert Park and a portion of the adjacent Central Business District, and involve an educational component at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Project partners include Groundwork Buffalo, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor, Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Great Lakes Experience and others.
Community Foundation Community Impact Grant—$23,ooo awarded for Groundwork Buffalo to organize a low‐income community to reclaim vacant lots so they could contribute to the health of the community.