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Delaware and Eastern Maryland Municipalities and Nonprofits Can Now Apply for Delmarva Power Sustainable Communities Grants

$75,000 in grants are available for open space, environmental and resiliency projects

NEWARK, Del. (May 11, 2022) — Delmarva Power is offering grants 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 in 2020 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 service areas in Delaware and Maryland. The grant application is open through June 30, 2022. The program provides $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 provides 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. "We are proud of our collaboration with Delaware Nature Society and the impact the Sustainable Communities Grant Program provides to Delaware and Maryland," said Doug Mokoid, Delmarva Power region president. "Last year, our program supported seven projects, including the installation of a solar array system at Delaware State University, the development of a plant, bird and butterfly habitat at the Friends of Cecil County Parks and Recreation and several other habitat restoration and enhancement projects. We are eager to see the opportunities this program will bring in 2022. "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. "Delaware Nature Society is proud to partner with Delmarva Power in the Sustainable Communities Grant program," said Joanne McGeoch, Chief Development Officer at DelNature. "For more than five decades, DelNature has been a leader in environmental conservation, education and advocating for the preservation and protection of our environment and finite natural resources. This funding for community projects comes at a critical time as we are working to ensure a healthy, sustainable environment is attainable for all. "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 encourages organizations working 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 www.DelNature.org/grants and click on Sustainable Communities Grant Program.  You can also visit: delmarva.com/SustainableCommunities.

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