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2024 MRN/SWANA Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference Recap


Sustainable Maryland offers Sustainable Communities Grants

Published on 8/2/2022

Posted on behalf of Sustainable Maryland

Sustainable Maryland, in partnership with Pepco, will offer Sustainable Communities Grant awards to eligible organizations. This program will provide $75,000 support to fund environmental stewardship projects and $50,000 for community resilience projects across the Pepco service area in Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, and Washington, DC.

Requests for 2022 Sustainable Communities Grant awards will be accepted from July 21 – September 19.

Environmental Stewardship Grants (awards up to $10,000 – up to 8 awards expected)

These grants will be awarded to projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to park and recreation resources, and environmental conservation. The property and/or facility must be open to the general public and dedicated as open space or for passive recreation.

Eligible activities include:
conservation; pollution prevention; community engagement; developing or updating open space plans; improving applicant-owned open spaces such as meadows, woodlands, and riparian buffers or capital improvements for passive recreation such as installing recreation trails, boardwalks, informational kiosks, and observation platforms; acquisition of parcels of land to be used for open space; and acquisition of conservation easements.

Resiliency Grants (awards up to $25,000 – up to 2 awards expected) These grants will be awarded for projects that enhance a municipality’s or organization's capacity to prevent and respond to catastrophic events and other emergencies.

Eligible activities include: implementation of strategies to minimize the impact of severe weather events, natural disasters or other emergencies impacting the environment; emergency operations planning, training, and community outreach; and purchase of supplies and equipment needed to respond to emergencies including energy storage and stationary or mobile solar.

For more information click here, including grant application, informational webinar registration, and press release. Applications must be submitted using the online application portal by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. At that time the portal will close. Only online application submissions will be considered for funding.

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