Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Community Involvement Advisory Council
to meet May 8 to review grant applications
DOVER (April 30, 2012) – The Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 to review applications for 2012 Community Environmental Project Fund (CEPF) grants. The meeting will be held at the Kent County Administration Building, Room 220, located at 555 Bay Road in Dover.
The Council will hear presentations from the following CEPF grant applicants:
- 9:40 a.m. – New Castle County Community Corrections Center, $29,760 for community-based recycling project
- 9:50 a.m. – Clean Air Council, $35,000 for anti-idling diesel campaign
- 10 a.m. – Delaware Center for Horticulture, $45,896 for programs
- 10:10 a.m. – Sussex County Community Corrections Center, $45,305.06 for community-based recycling project
- 10:20 a.m. – Delaware City Environmental Coalition, $51,880 for Bucket Brigade & Industrial Collaborative
- 10:30 a.m. – Friends of Wilmington Parks, $58,939.70 for Connecting Delaware’s Children with Nature
- 10:40 a.m. – Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation, $73,654.50 for programs
- 10:50 a.m. – American Legion Post 28, $78,658.13 for energy conservation at the Post
- 11 a.m. – Delaware Greenways, $93,845.12 for Historic Penn Farm Site Sustainability & Community Participation & Partnership
- 11:10 a.m. – Main Street Delaware City, $95,000 for Delaware City Ecological Restoration & Ecotourism Initiative
- 11:20 a.m. – Delaware Transit Authority, $104,825 for Route 25 fixed route extension to Delaware City
Following the presentations, the Council will discuss the applications and make recommendations to DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara.
The Community Environmental Penalty Fund was established in 2004 by House Bill 192, and consists of 25 percent of all penalty monies collected by DNREC. Eligible communities or organizations may apply for grants for community environmental projects from the fund. Projects meet two criteria:
- Environmental Enhancement: Eligible projects include those undertaken for the purpose of eliminating, minimizing or abating pollution, or otherwise improving environmental conditions in order to eliminate or minimize risks to human health. Projects designed to enhance natural resources for the purposes of improving indigenous habitats or the recreational opportunities of the citizens of Delaware are also eligible.
- Community Affected Eligible projects must benefit the same community where the violation(s) occurred and that resulted in a civil or administrative penalty. Eligible applicants include Delaware civic and community organizations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, counties, municipal governments, state agencies and quasi-state agencies that represent the community where the violation(s) occurred and that resulted in a civil or administrative penalty.
For more information, please call DNREC Community Ombudsman James Brunswick at 302-739-9040.
The CIAC and the Community Ombudsman work to increase the flow of information between communities and the department, increase community participation and facilitate dialogue among all stakeholders during the decision-making process. The CIAC was established by Senate Bill 33 as a permanent council serving in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of DNREC. The legislation charged the CIAC to deal with interactions between the Department and local communities. The Community Ombudsman position was also authorized by the same legislation.
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