Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) is the 501c3 non-profit organization planning for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and its long-term stewardship. BGI raises funds to meet its operating budget through a mix of government, foundation, corporate and individual donations. BGI also helps to raise 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, marking a further milestone, NYC Department of Transportation ( NYC DOT) agreed to sponsor the federal funding and build the Greenway;
  • In 2009, $2.5 million in federal Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) funding was secured for the West Street segment in Greenpoint, sponsored by NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

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
  • 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
  • TKF Foundation


Corporate Partners

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