DNREC Accepts Applications For Community Environmental Project Fund Grants

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Delaware communities that have been adversely affected by environmental pollution can apply for restoration grants.

The Department of Natural Resources is opening the 2022 grant cycle. The Community Environmental Project Fund was created in 2004, which allocates a percentage of penalties collected for environmental violations to projects that help local communities.

Competitive grants are available for such purposes as reducing pollution, enhancing natural resources and expanding recreational opportunities. Individual grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded.

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DNREC provided more information below:


Applicants can identify the drainage basin location of their projects with a mapping tool available at dnrec.delaware.gov

DNREC will hold a virtual public workshop focused on the CEPF program to assist applicants with finalizing their applications at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Connection information for the workshop is posted at de.gov/dnrecmeetings, and at de.gov/cepf. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required for participation.

Recent  CEPF projects statewide have included a habitat restoration and scrap tire cleanup, a pollenating rain garden at a school, healthy home and energy assessments, a museum trail project, an energy savings model home for a low income community, a native plantings project to mitigate stormwater runoff, educational signage for a stormwater management site, funding to support plastic pollution education and a floating dock and canoe/kayak project that provides recreational access and helps stabilize canal banks.