Albany, NY (WIBX) - The state's Environmental Protection Fund is helping communities become greener, awarding nearly $1 million to towns across New York.

Nearly 100 applicants applied for an Urban and Community Forestry program grant, but only 66 recipients were accepted.

Among the larger recipients were Rome and Forestport, who received grants worth $40,000 and $4,000, respectively. Smaller "quick start" grants worth $1,000 were awarded to the communities of Remsen, Ava and Camden.

The grant money will be used in a variety of ways, with some towns replanting trees lost during tropical storm Lee, and others establishing Arbor Day celebrations.

Towards New York City, grants will assist in supporting the Million Trees Initiative.