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The Request for Proposals resulted in an overwhelming response! Twenty three (23) separate proposals were received by the Environmental Task Force prior to the 1/31/2022 5:00 PM deadline.

The proposals included a variety of types of projects, programs and initiatives intended to address local environmental injustices and promote the long-term well-being of Bridgeport citizens. The proposal submissions are currently being reviewed and evaluated by the Environmental Task Force. It is anticipated that the first round of rewards will be announced by the Environmental Task Force this spring. Monitor this page for updates on the process.

The Environmental Task Force (ETF) committee, working with the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), is managing a $2 Million Community Environmental Benefits Fund.  That funding process was established by the Community Environmental Benefit Agreement (CEBA) between PSEG Power Connecticut, the City of Bridgeport, and representative community organizations on February 26, 2016.

The ETF, along with BEDCO, are requesting Proposals from individuals and organizations serving the Bridgeport community, including departments of the City’s government that are referenced in the CEBA.  Selected proposals will be evaluated and considered for funding. For funding consideration, the proposals must advance “the intents and purposes underlying the adoption of the US Environmental Justice Act including, but not limited to, achieving maximum public health and environmental benefit for the air quality in the neighborhoods surrounding Bridgeport Harbor Station.” Proposals should detail programs, projects, and/or other initiatives that will contribute to the long-term public benefit and wellbeing of the community by addressing health and environmental needs relating to infrastructure, health services, outreach, education, and energy efficiency.

The CEBA emphasizes the attraction of non-local funding sources to supplement the Community Environmental Benefits Fund: “The funding agreement shall include provisions to encourage the Designated Organization (BEDCO), the City and the ETF to seek and apply for additional funding as available from governmental, quasi-governmental, and charitable entities and institutions and other programs to increase or supplement the funds available for the purposes stated therein and described above.”  The ETF and BEDCO plan to do that as separate entities, and also require selected proposers to do that as well; proposals that provide evidence of the attraction or leveraged funding from non-local sources will receive more favorable consideration than proposals that do not.

Proposers Conference

The Proposers Conference took place on Monday, December 13th, 2021. The guest presenters begin at approximately 14:50 in the video recording below.

Links to PDFs of the PPT Presentations
Questions & Answers
The formal applicant does not automatically need to be a 501(c)3, but there may be income tax consequences for other types of entities should they receive funds. Applicants with questions on this subject should consult with professional tax advisors; the ETF and BEDCO are not providing definitive tax advice for any party in this process. Project proponents are urged to submit applications through entities that will experience no income tax consequences from receiving ETF funds.
Yes. The ETF will endeavor to be as flexible as it can be for promising projects with legitimate prospects of receiving funding from other sources. Some ETF awards may be conditioned on an applicant’s timely or ultimate receipt of other funding. Applicants with other (sources) grant applications pending should submit verifiable evidence of other pending/current applications.
The ETF does not definitively intend to grant all the funds in the next year, it will be dictated by the quality and number of the applications received. The CEBA compels the ETF and the Designated Organization (BEDCO) to leverage additional funding whenever possible.
There is no formal definition for “neighborhoods surrounding Bridgeport Harbor Station” in the governing documents. The ETF has historically interpreted this geographical area to include the South End, West End, West Side, Black Rock, East Side and East End. However, the ETF interprets the CEBA as allowing it to financially support worthy projects anywhere in Bridgeport.
Yes. If an organization has more than one worthy project to propose, it should.
Yes. Partnerships are encouraged, as the ETF believes partnerships are essential to leveraging non-local resources, whether financial or technical.
No. Worthy project ideas may result in modest grant amounts. Proposers are encouraged to apply for realistic grant amounts based on thoughtful estimates / budgets / quotes.
A maximum award amount has not yet been set. The ETF seeks to promote as many good projects, and impact as many facets of community well-being, as possible, so it may eventually set a maximum award amount for individual projects.

A letter of good standing is not required. The RFP requires an Applicant to “Please include a definitive statement of good standing with the US IRS, and CT Department of Revenue Services.” Such a statement should be the Applicant’s own written representation of its status with the IRS and CTDRS, which the ETF may later independently verify if it chooses to.

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