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Contact: James Brunswick, Community Ombudsman, Office of Community Services, 302-739-9040; or Melonie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Grants available for communities where environmental violations have occurred
DNREC presenting funding workshops on May 20 and 28 for community organizations

DOVER (May 9, 2014) – Grants are available through the Community Environmental Project Fund for projects that restore or provide environmental benefits to communities where civil or administrative environmental violations have occurred. Projects that meet funding criteria include those that reduce pollution, enhance natural resources, or enhance natural resources that create recreational opportunities for Delawareans.

The Community Environmental Project Fund (CEPF), created by House Bill 192 in Feb. 2004, consists of 25 percent of all civil or administrative penalties collected by DNREC. Currently, the fund has approximately $129,000 available for projects in the state. 

Eligibility has been expanded for the 2014 funding cycle. Traditional non-profit 501(C)3 organizations are eligible for grants up to $20,000, while non-profit organizations which do not have tax-exempt status  but have established a fiscal sponsor agreement with an IRS tax exempt organization, are eligible to apply for a maximum grant amount of $10,000.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014. Grant requirements and the application form can be found on DNREC’s website,

DNREC will hold two free workshops on the CEPF grant program. The workshops are scheduled:

New Castle County workshop

6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20 – DNREC Offices, Conference Room A, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle DE 19720

Kent and Sussex County workshop
6:30-8:30 p.m., Wed., May 28 –
DNREC Auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901

Pre-registration is requested but not required. To pre-register or for directions to a workshop, contact Gail Henderson, DNREC Office of the Secretary at or call 302-739-9000.

For more information on project eligibility or application assistance, contact DNREC Community Ombudsman James Brunswick, 302-739-9040 or

The Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) and the Community Ombudsman work to increase the flow of information between communities and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; increase community participation; and facilitate dialogue among all stakeholders during the decision-making process.

The CIAC was established (through 29 Del. Code Section 8016 A) as a permanent council serving in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Signed into law by Governor Ruth Ann Minner in July 2001, the legislation charged the CIAC with interacting between DNREC and Delaware communities. The Community Ombudsman position was also authorized by the same legislation.

Vol. 44, No. 150

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