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Delmarva Power and Delaware Nature Society Partner on New Grant Program to Fund Open Space, Environmental and Resiliency Projects

NEWARK, Del.  (Nov. 21 2019) – A new program funded by Delaware Power and administered by Delaware Nature Society is providing grant money to help support open space and environmental projects, and resiliency projects across Delmarva Power's Delaware and Maryland service area. The Sustainable Communities Grant Program launched its first application period today and will fund up to $75,000 in projects each year.

"Being part of our communities is about more than power lines and infrastructure," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "It means being a leader in environmental initiatives and being at the forefront of efforts large and small to drive a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities."

The Sustainable Communities Grant Program will provide $50,000 in grants of up to $10,000 each to municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits 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, planting of trees and other vegetation. Grants from $1,000 to $10,000 will be provided to support these projects.

The program also will provide one to two 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. The program will support a range of community resiliency efforts that help prepare a community for the impacts of more severe weather. Eligible activities include: community engagement and education regarding resiliency, the purchase of energy storage, and solar installation including mobile solar units.

"The Delaware Nature Society is pleased to partner with Delmarva Power in the Sustainable Communities Grant Program," said Joanne McGeoch, deputy executive director, Delaware Nature Society.  "Community investments such as these are important in protecting our environment and creating resilient communities."

A committee with representatives from Delmarva Power, The Delaware Nature Society, county agencies and conservation organizations will review grant applications and select the projects to receive funding. Grant requests for the 2020 Sustainable Communities Grant Program will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2020. Delmarva Power and The Delaware Nature Society will award these grants in March 2020.

Municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits can learn more about The Sustainable Communities Grant Program and how to submit a grant request at www.delnature.org/sustainablecommunitiesgrant.

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