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VINES will open proposals later this year for proposals on where the gardens should be put, with the hopes of starting to build them this fall. The money was distributed to 21 projects across New York that address environmental and public health concerns. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded $1.9 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants. The money will be used to create community gardens. Those are designated areas where people can rent out raised garden beds, giving access to healthy and locally-grown food. “It can be really difficult to have regular access to affordable fresh fruits and veggies and we know that diet is the number one preventable related cause of death and all kinds of diseases so it’s important that everyone is able to eat good fresh food,” said LoDolce. “It not only is going to help us build new community gardens, but allow us to create a new position which expands our capacity and just makes our organization more sustainable in terms of staffing,” said LoDolce. “We’ll also do some outreach into target neighborhoods where there’s a lot of need for a garden and maybe there isn’t a grocery store or things like that where having a garden would make the most impact,” said LoDolce. “It’s really significant for us. We’re a small organization that operates on a pretty small operating budget,” said executive director Amelia LoDolce. The grant also awarded money to another organization in the Southern Tier. There are already 18 community gardens in Broome county and the money will help to add five or six more. Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, or VINES, was awarded $100,000. They are typically put in low-income areas. The grant money is also helping VINES grow as an organization. The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition took home more than $97,000.