Local open space, environmental and resiliency projects to receive $75,000 in grant funding
Delmarva Power is offering grants of up to $10,000 to municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, and environmental conservation. The company’s Sustainable Communities Grant Program, which was launched last year and is facilitated by Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) provides $75,000 in grants annually to fund open space and environmental projects and resiliency projects across the company’s Delaware and Maryland service area. The grant request period runs from April 28 to June 30, 2021.
The program will provide $50,000 in grants of up to $10,000 each for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, and environmental conservation. Projects include the development of recreation trails, the purchase of open space, and the planting of trees and other vegetation. The program also will provide grants, totaling $25,000, to support resiliency projects that demonstrate innovation in providing a safe and reliable resource for a community during a time of emergency.
In 2020, the Sustainable Communities Grant Program supported eight local projects, including a pollinator habitat and restoration on the Lower Eastern Shore, a roof rain garden at Paper Mill Park, reforestation of a portion of a fallow field in White Clay Creek State Park and installation of a Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Array at Children’s Beach House.
Municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits in the Delmarva Power service area can apply for a Sustainable Communities grant each year. A committee with representatives from Delmarva Power, DelNature and other local agencies and conservation organizations will review each application and select the projects to receive funding.
For Delmarva Power, and its parent company Exelon, diversity, equity and inclusion is a core foundational value both in the workplace and in outreach to the people it serves. The company strongly encourage organizations focused in underrepresented communities to apply for the Sustainable Communities grant.
Interested organizations can learn more about the Sustainable Communities Grant Program and how to submit a grant request at delmarva.com/SustainableCommunities.
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Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world and improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Founded in 1964, DelNature is a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, watershed stewardship, and more. We manage over 2,000 acres of land and operate four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.
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