DNREC Announces Availability of 2021 Community Environmental Project Fund

Division of Community Affairs

Published: Sept. 6, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold two virtual public workshops to announce the availability of Community Environmental Project Fund (CEPF) grants for the 2021 grant cycle. The workshops will focus on the CEPF program and how to apply for the grants.

The virtual workshops will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 and Thursday, September 24, 2020, beginning at 7:00 pm. Connection information for the workshops is posted on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar ( and on the DNREC Community Environmental Project Fund web page ( 

The Delaware General Assembly created the CEPF in 2004 to fund projects in communities damaged by environmental pollution. The CEPF provides for the restoration of affected communities by funding environmental projects that result in:

  • Reduced pollution
  • Enhanced natural resources
  • Enhanced recreational opportunities

IRS tax-exempt organizations are eligible for CEPF grants of up to $25,000. These include civic and community organizations, educational institutions, counties, municipal governments, state agencies and quasi-state agencies. The application deadline is Friday, October 30, 2020. Projects funded in this grant cycle can begin on July 1, 2021 and should be completed by June 30, 2022.

The grant application, workshop details and more information about the CEPF are available online at  Pre-registration is suggested for the public workshops but is not required. To pre-register for the workshops, or for additional information, please contact James Brunswick, DNREC Community Ombudsman within the Division of Community Affairs, at 302-739-9040, or via mail at