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$90,000 in grants now available through the company's Sustainable Communities Grant Program
NEWARK, Del. (May 1, 2023) — Delmarva Power is powering local communities in ways that go beyond reliable energy service though environmental and resiliency grants for nonprofits and municipalities throughout the company's service area in Delaware and Maryland. The company's Sustainable Communities Grant Program, which is facilitated by the Delaware Nature Society (DelNature), has provided more than $180,000 in grants to fund sustainability projects across Delaware and Maryland since its launch in 2020. The grant application is now open through June 30, 2023.
"We are proud of the impact our Sustainable Communities Grant Program provides to Delaware and Maryland and we will continue partnering with local nonprofits and municipalities to ensure we are fulfilling our commitment to empower the communities we serve," said Marisa Slaten, director of Corporate Community Impact for Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. "Last year our program supported four projects, including the development of pollinator habitat throughout Wilmington, beautifying habitat in Cecil County and reforesting land reducing water pollution in Sussex County. We are eager to see the opportunities this program will bring in 2023."
The 2023 program provides grants, totaling $50,000, up to $25,000 each, to support resiliency projects that demonstrate innovation in providing a safe and reliable resource for a community during a time of emergency.
The program also provides $40,000 in grants of up to $10,000 each for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources and environmental conservation. The program supports the company's focus on community giving with projects that provide energy empowerment through sustainability, environmental and open space initiatives. Examples of eligible projects include the development of recreation trails, the purchase of open space and the planting of trees and other vegetation.
"DelNature is thrilled to again partner with Delmarva Power to continue providing the Sustainable Communities Grant Program to groups making an impact in Delaware and Maryland," said Jen Adkins, Executive Director of Delaware Nature Society. "We are looking forward to supporting community organizations who are doing important environmental resiliency and conservation work. This is important funding for grassroots organizations and we encourage organizations to reach out to apply and learn more about the program."
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 and DelNature reviews each application and selects 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 encourages 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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