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Contact:  Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-729-9902.

Funding workshops for community environmental projects
set for Feb. 14 in New Castle and Feb. 16, 2012 in Smyrna

DOVER ( Feb. 8, 2012) – Two free public workshops on funding opportunities for environmental projects that benefit communities will be held by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC).

The workshops will be held:

7  – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 – DNREC Offices, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE  19720

10 – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 – Smyrna Rest Stop, Conference Room, Route 13, Smyrna, DE 19977.

Information will be presented at the workshops on Delaware’s Community Environmental Project Fund (CEPF) and how prospective applicants can apply for funding. Eligible applicants include: Delaware civic and community organizations; non-profit entities; educational institutions; counties; municipal governments; state agencies; and quasi-state agencies representing communities where environmental violations have occurred.

Environmental projects that meet funding criteria include those that: address pollution; improve environmental conditions to eliminate or minimize risks to human health; enhance natural resources by improving habitats or recreational opportunities for Delawareans; or provide benefits to a community in which an environmental violation occurred resulting in a civil or administrative penalty.

Since 2004 more than $3 million in CEPF funds have been awarded to organizations, including Wilmington’s Southbridge Civic Association, Main Street Delaware City and Habitat for Humanity. Currently, CEPF has approximately $326,000 in grant funds available to communities.

The CIAC will accept applications for CEPF funding until 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2012.

For an application form and more information on requirements, visit or contact Gail Henderson at 302-739-9000.

For more information on project eligibility, penalty funds available or assistance with the application, contact DNREC Community Ombudsman James Brunswick, 302-739-9000 or

The CEPF was established in February of 2004 with House Bill 192 and consists of 25 percent of all civil or administrative penalties collected by DNREC after Feb. 3, 2004 and requires that funding benefits the communities where civil or administrative violations occurred.

Vol. 42, No. 31

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