Brooklyn Greenway InitiativeJune 17, 2014© Julienne Schaer

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) raises funds to meet its operating budget through a mix of government, foundation, corporate and individual donations. BGI also helps to secure capital funding for Greenway construction, but these funds do not underwrite BGI’s day-to-day operations. You can support BGI by becoming a member today!

Capital Funding

Construction of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway will be funded using federal, state and city capital funds. To date, over $20 million in federal funding has been secured:

  • In 2005, $14.6 million in federal TEA-LU funding for design and construction of the Greenway and Bush Terminal Park was secured, sponsored by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez;
  • In 2006, $3 million in federal capital funding was secured for the Brooklyn Navy Yard segment, through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program;
  • In 2008, $2.5 million in federal Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) funding was secured for the West Street segment in Greenpoint, sponsored by NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT).
  • In 2008, marking a further milestone,  NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan greed to sponsor the federal funding and build the Greenway;

Program Funding

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative receives funding support for planning, programs and operations from the following government, foundation and corporate partners:

  • Government Partners
  • NYC Council Member Brad Lander
  • NYC Council Member Steve Levin
  • NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso
  • NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca
  • NYS Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program under Title 11 of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, sponsored by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President
  • Foundation Partners
  • Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
  • NYC Environmental Fund
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Altman
  • TKF Foundation
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation

Corporate Partners

BGI NV14 website sponsor block

BGI Epic Ride 14 website sponsor block

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, email Brian McCormick, Director of Development, or call 718.522.0193.

Funding Put Into Action

Capital Funding has been matched by additional state, local and federal funding and used by NYC DOT for the following capital projects:

  • In 2007, NYC DOT built the first new permanent greenway segment on Columbia and Degraw Streets as a part of the $27 million Columbia/Van Brunt Streets Reconstruction Project.
  • West Street in Greenpoint, a $10 million DOT project plus $5 million in NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) stormwater infrastructure.
  • Flushing Avenue, an $8 million NYC DOT Capital Project.
  • Hamilton/Third Avenues, a $10 million NYC DOT Capital Project
  • NYC  Economic Development Corporation (EDC) used a portion of Congresswoman Velazquez’s 2005 funding to build a segment of the greenway along Bush Terminal Piers Park.

BGI secured funding for the construction of the Naval Cemetery Landscape from the following:

  • NYC Council Members Steve Levin ($400,000) and Letitia James ($300,000)
  • TKF Foundation ($600,000)
  • NYS Department of State Environmental Protection Fund ($540,000)

In 2012, Council Member Brad Levin provided the funding for construction of the Class 1 greenway segment on Van Brunt Street between Degraw and Summit Streets. BGI installed the planting on this segment and seeded a 20-ft. strip along the Columbia Street greenway segment at the proposed Columbia Waterfront Park site with funding support from the NYS DOS EPF.