Two Long Island organizations have been awarded $100,000 grants targeted at minority and poor communities by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the agency announced Tuesday.

The organizations — the Long Beach Latino Civic Association and the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association — are two of 32 recipients receiving grants totaling $3.1 million in what the state calls “Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Awards.”

The Long Beach organization didn’t return a message left Tuesday afternoon; A representative from the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association couldn’t be reached for comment.

According to a news release announcing the grants, the Long Beach money will be used for the organization’s SOFA Project — Suburban Organic Farming In Action — to “listen, educate, and inform people from low-income communities about the importance of growing and eating organic produce to enhance their health.”

The other grant will fund “Citizen Science Environmental Justice Investigation,” a program called “The Health of Our Local Ecosystem.”

The news release said, “The Long Island Science Center will train a fleet of citizen scientists to conduct environmental investigations.”

Besides Long Island, the grants went to organizations in New York City, the Capital District, Central New York, the Finger Lakes area, the Hudson Valley, the Mohawk Valley, the Southern Tier and Western New York.

Most of the grants were for $100,000, though some were for less.

Since 2006, the department’s Office of Environmental Justice has awarded more than $12 million for 214 projects “to help support communities facing a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution,” the news release said. “This funding assists communities in developing and implementing programs that address environmental issues, harms, and health hazards, while building community consensus, setting priorities, and improving public outreach and education.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines “environmental justice” as: “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” 

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