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Community Environmental Project Fund (CEPF) Grant

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits and Agencies for
Local Environmental Improvement Projects

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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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01/04/19 4:30 PM (Close of business)


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Delaware nonprofits, educational institutions, community and civic organizations, and local and state government agencies for projects to improve environmental conditions in local communities. Funding is intended to support communities that have been affected by direct violations of environmental laws.

Grant funds may be used only for "Community Environmental Projects." A Community Environmental Project is defined as a project "undertaken for the purpose of effecting pollution elimination, minimization, or abatement, or improving conditions within the environment so as to eliminate or minimize risks to human health, or enhancement of natural resources for the purposes of improving indigenous habitats, or the recreational opportunities of the citizens of Delaware."

The legislation further requires that "funds shall be expended on projects within the same community where the infraction(s) or violation(s) occurred that resulted in the civil or administrative penalty." The DNREC Secretary is authorized to determine within his or her reasonable discretion, and, after consultation with the Community Involvement Advisory Board, whether a proposed project is within the same community where the infraction(s) or violation(s) occurred that resulted in the civil or administrative penalty.

House Bill 197, passed in 2011, reinforces the requirement of House Bill 192 to expend Community Environmental Project funds in the communities where the infractions occurred. It goes further to emphasize that the Secretary must take the location of the violation into consideration during the evaluation of the proposed project. It requires the location of the project to be a part of the public record.

The CEPF provides funding to environmental projects that are undertaken for the purposes of:

1. Pollution Mitigation - Projects should affect elimination, minimize or abate pollution or improve conditions within the environment in order to eliminate or minimize risks to human health.
2. Environmental Enhancement - Projects must be designed to enhance natural resources for the purpose of improving indigenous habitats.
3. Recreational Opportunities - Projects aimed at the creation of recreational opportunities for the citizens of Delaware must also include an environmental enhancement component.

CEPF Funds May Be Used to Cover:

a) Costs for equipment (purchase or rental) supplies, materials and related services required to implement the project
b) Communication costs directly related to the project ·
c) Travel costs related to the project
d) Insurance costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184680

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

IRS Tax-exempt organizations are eligible. These include; civic and community organizations, educational institutions, counties, municipal governments, state agencies and quasi-state agencies that represent the community where the infraction(s) or violation(s) occurred and that resulted in a civil or administrative penalty.

CEPF Funds May Not Be Used to Cover:

a) Administrative costs and overhead. These are expenses that are incurred for general operation of the organization. They include:
- Liability Insurance for directors, officers and staff
- Rent
- Utilities
- Office Supplies - unless those costs are incurred solely for the CEPF project
- Personnel costs for salaried, hourly or contractual staff time
- Fringe Benefits
b) Expenses incurred by the fiscal sponsor for administering the grant
c) Costs that are paid for by other funding sources
d) Debts incurred prior to the start date of the project
e) Legal costs related to participation in an action before a municipal, state or federal court or agency
f) Lobbying
g) Fundraising, alcoholic beverages

Pre-proposal Conference:

DNREC will hold two public workshops Nov. 14 and 15 on the CEPF grant-funding program, scheduled as follows:

New Castle County: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7-7:30 p.m., at DNREC’s Lukens Drive offices (Conference Room A, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE 19720)

Kent and Sussex Counties: Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-7:30 p.m. DNREC Auditorium, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover DE 19901

Pre-registration is requested, but not required. Please email or call Lisa Myura to pre-register (See Contact Information below).

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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Friday January 4, 2019, by close of business, 4:30 PM. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

CEPF applicants are required to attend the meeting of the Community Involvement Advisory Council on February 19, 2018, at 9:30 AM. Applicants will be asked to make a brief presentation of their CEPF project and respond to questions from CIAC members and DNREC staff. The meeting location will be announced.

Matching Funds
The applicant must provide a 25% match of the CEPF project budget in funding, volunteer support, services, or donated supplies. The Independent Sector, an online network of not-for-profit organizations, foundations and corporations has determined the volunteer rate of pay in the State of Delaware to be $25.45/hr. in 2017. CEPF grantees utilizing volunteer labor for the match should submit volunteer labor timesheets to document their contribution.

A DNREC Project Sponsor is required for all CEPFfunded projects. The DNREC Community Ombudsman will assist CEPF applicants with the identification and recruitment of a Project Sponsor after the Secretary of DNREC has determined the CEPF grant recipients.

All State of Delaware contracts operate on a reimbursement cost basis meaning that funds are provided upon the receipt of invoices and proof of payment.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit the application and the following by mail or electronically to:

Attention: Lisa Myura
CIAC Administrative Support
Office of Community Services
23530 Campbell Court
Georgetown Delaware 1994 7
Lisa.M us

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