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Atlantic City Electric Sustainable Communities Grant Program – Deadline Extended to July 26, 2020

Atlantic City Electric Sustainable Communities Grant Program – Deadline Extended to July 26, 2020

Atlantic City Electric (ACE) is partnering with Sustainable Jersey to launch the Sustainable Communities Grant Program that will provide $75,000 in grants to fund municipal environmental stewardship and resiliency projects across its service area.The deadline to submit applications has been extended to 11:59pm on July 26, 2020.

This opportunity is available to any municipality served by Atlantic City Electric. You can confirm your municipality’s eligibility here.

The Environmental Stewardship grants are intended to help municipalities plan for, protect, and improve public spaces such as local parks, natural areas, and recreation resources. The Resiliency grants will support projects that enhance a municipality’s capacity to prevent and respond to catastrophic events and emergencies. We invite you to submit an online application one of the following eligible projects:

Environmental Stewardship: $5,000 and $2,000 Grants 

  • 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 trails, boardwalks, informational kiosks, and observation platforms
  • Acquisition of parcels of land to be used for open space or conservation easements
  • Tree planting projects
  • Community and pollinator gardens
  • Supporting wildlife conservation efforts

Resiliency: $10,000 and $5,000 Grants

  • Implementing strategies to minimize the impact of severe weather events, natural disasters or other emergencies on the environment
  • Undertaking emergency operations planning, training, and community outreach
  • Purchasing supplies and equipment needed to respond to emergencies including energy storage and stationary or mobile solar

Learn more  about the available grants and how to submit an online grant application here. An informational webinar was held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The webinar provided an overview of the program, demonstrated how to use the online application portal and answered participant questions about the program. The webinar recording can be viewed here and the presentation slides are available here.

We encourage you to use the additional time to submit an application. Since this program is targeted to municipalities served by ACE, there is a better chance of your town receiving a grant, especially at the $2,000 grant level, compared to other grant cycles offered through the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program. Even municipalities currently working on Sustainable Jersey grants can apply as long as their grants are in good standing. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email grants@sustainablejersey.com.