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Sustainable Communities Planning Grants now available!

DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate invites municipalities, county governments, and academic and non-profit partners to apply for competitive grants of up to $80,000. Grants support the development of sustainability plans and assessment of local needs towards building strong and resilient communities.

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Our webinar took place on Tuesday, March 21

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Resources for Applicants:

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Additional Resources (updated)

What is a sustainable community?
Sustainable communities are vibrant, healthy, and prepared communities that balance demands for environmental protection, resiliency, economic growth, and social objectives. Sustainable hometown and county communities keep their residents safe from unexpected events while also providing economic stability and a high quality of life. Every day, climate change adds to the environmental, economic and social challenges that many communities are already combating. Many solutions to these challenges begin at the local level. This grant supports communities that strive for resiliency and a lower environmental impact.

Who is eligible for the grant?
Delaware municipalities, county governments, and academic or non-profit partners working in tandem with a Delaware
municipality or county government. 

Award Amounts


How can the grant be used?
Grant funding through this program can be used toward reasonable costs directly associated with assessment, planning and development of recommendations. Grant funds can be utilized for a variety of expenses including but not limited to: consulting services, verifiable (and reasonable) staff costs, supplies, purchase of software, data acquisition, staff training and education, conferences directly related to project goals, printing and publication costs, public notices, meeting and workshop costs as well as costs associated with community outreach events.

Awards will be granted for development of plans that lead to tangible actions that improve community sustainability and resiliency within Delaware municipalities and counties. Development of such plans can include assessment of existing practices and programs, assessment of existing assets, mapping, community sustainability planning, public engagement, and education. To be eligible, a proposed project must include development of a set of goals and tangible actions that can be taken to reach those goals. Eligible projects must fall under one or more of the following categories:

  1. Community Sustainability Plan
  2. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan
  3. Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Mitigation Plan
  4. Natural Areas Inventory and Conservation Plan

How to Apply:
Grant applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on June 2. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications should be submitted by emailing Michael Tholstrup attached as a PDF. Paper submissions may be sent to DNREC Division of Energy & Climate, Attn.: Michael Tholstrup, State Street Commons Suite 5A, 100 W. Water Street, Dover, DE 19904.

Please review all of the following resources carefully. An informational webinar was held March 14, 2017 to review the program and take questions from potential applicants. You can play a recording of the webinar and view the presentation slides using the links in the sidebar. For all other questions, please contact the Division of Energy & Climate at 302-735-3480, or email Michael Tholstrup.

About DNREC's Sustainable Planning Section
DNREC's Sustainable Planning Section provides land use planning and development expertise in support of enriching the long-term livability of Delaware’s communities through environmental protection and the wise use of its natural resources.

The Sustainable Planning Section coordinates the Department’s participation in the Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS), a multi-state agency review of major residential/non-residential development proposals, which include rezonings, conditional uses, and annexations, as well as comprehensive plans and land use ordinances.

Monthly projects are distributed to programs throughout the Department for review and comment. Those comments are then compiled in a single document to reflect potential issues and possible solutions. The Sustainable Planning Section presents the comments at monthly PLUS meetings convened by the Office of State Planning Coordination and in writing following the PLUS meeting.

The Sustainable Planning Section also conducts monthly Planners Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) meetings to discuss pending projects and planning issues.

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